Those of you running with medium to large breed dogs-be warned. My poor baby just was diagnosed with a cruciate ligament tear and has to have repair surgery w months of rehabilitation from overuse. Apparently it is quite common...its my second dog in 2 years to have this injury (first is just now back to normal) so if you see your dog limping -get them seen immediately. My dogs are pit bulls, but vet says labs, weimeriners, and any larger dog is susceptible. increase their activity gradually!
I run with my boy, a 5 year old English Setter. We go about 2.5-3 kms He is getting better at leash manners, but when he sees other dogs or squirrels he wants to run after them. I use a Gentle Leader as well, and it gives me way more control.
The thing that annoys me is that when I'm holding the leash I cannot get a good arm swing going. If I swing my leash arm the dog starts to go in front of me, so I'm swinging one arm and the other is static. Any advice?
I would be interested in hearing about the waist leash if anyone uses it.
current weight: 176.0
Fitness Minutes: (564) Posts: 321 11/10/11 1:43 P
Does anyone have any gear recommendation? I've looked at different harnesses, hands-free waist leashes (which seems like an invitation to be thrown down the next time a squirrel crosses our path)...mostly I'm wondering what people use for: (1) pulling and (2) leash length and (3) when you want to go hands-free.
I'm an aspiring runner... I mainly walk and throw some jogging in here and there during my route. I have a 6 year old beagle and he LOVES when I run because then he gets to go at his natural pace. I use a Gentle Leader when we go out to prevent pulling. It goes around his nose and clips at the back of his skull and is a miracle worker. My biggest challenge while running is my dog's nose- he's a hound and needs to sniff everything which can create some issues when I'm still moving and he's stopped.
I run with my boy....most of the time.He's a 90lb yellow lab mix (of some sort) with really terrible leash and kitchen manners that landed him in my local SPCA (but he's a beautiful boy.....really!) I use a harness and leash. I reel him in on public roads and he makes for really good resisting training in by biceps. (cross training anyone?) We go anywhere from 3 - 7.5 kms on a regular day but our personal best is 18 k.m. Our biggest challenges are keeping him safe in hunting season and keeping him on a short lead so he doesn't try to rip my arm out of its socket. Last time I checked, my arm is still attached but I am seriously afraid for its rotary cuff.
I'm still looking for decent advice on letting my dog run. He can run a hell of a lot faster than I can (he's still trying to train me) We're working together for now. Poor dog!
I'm new to running and I go about 2.5 miles (4-5 days/week). I run with my dog every time. i live on a state park (Fort Adams in Newport, RI) There is what they call a "Bay Walk" that is a 2-2.5 mile loop that goes around the fort and along the bay. it's gorgeous and there are some hills so it's a great workout. I have a German Shepherd Dog. She's about 8-9 years old and weighs approx. 80lbs. She goes completely nuts if she ever sees another dog. It sucks. She's friendly, but she's very Alpha and if another female is Alpha, it's not always pleasant. I run with her with a 4 foot leash (so I have more control over her) and a harness (so she doesn't pull and when she does see another dog, I have more control) The harness is a "Gentle Leader Easy Walk" Harness. I LOVE it! What I like about it is that the hook that you hook the leash to is on her back. You can read more about them and order from here: http://www.sitstay.com/dog/supplies/servle t/HomePageView?storeId=10001&langId=-1 &catalogId=10001 They have the best prices I've found and this is what was recommended from the rescue group we got her from. Our biggest challenge is people walking with their dogs off leash. They are not suppose to and it's posted all over that dogs must be leashed but people don't care. It makes me so mad that I've yelled at people before! I'm trying to run, I have an 80lb dog running w/ me and if someone has their dog unleashed and that dog comes to my dog, my dog may react but ALWAYS runs sideways, gets overly excited, zig zags in front of me and I almost fall. Then if the dog is off the leash and approaches my dog my dog may growl, bark or snap and I just hate dealing with it. When we are running, we are in training mode and we both are pretty focused. if we pass other people w/ dogs that are leashed, it's not as big of a deal. We run past, they have control of their dog, we move on everything is fine. it's the damn people w/ their dogs off leash. I don't care if your dog is friendly, mine isn't always and it's a law to have yours on a leash! Sorry about the long winded reply! but that is my biggest challenge and issue when running with my dog. If your dog(s) pull, then I recommend the harness, it really does help! My best advice is carry poop bags, have your dog(s) leashed, and start slow and have fun! i love running with my dog and I know she loves it too. The more you do it, the easier it gets. Several years back i had 2 dogs and i wasn't really running but I had each in a harness and then used a double leash that was like a "Y". it worked well...again with the harness! Good luck and HAVE FUN!! www.sitstay.com/dog/supplies/servlet /H omePageView?storeId=10001&langId=-1&R>catalogId=10001
Edited by: JENNEWBY71 at: 10/19/2011 (12:39)
Pounds lost: 15.0
Fitness Minutes: (564) Posts: 321 10/19/11 11:09 A
Anybody out there run with dogs? I have two dogs, both labs. I've started my jogging with them - sometimes one at a time, sometimes both at a time - either with two leashes or with one leash and a leash coupler. It's a little more challenging, but more fun also.
If you run with a dog:
What type of dog(s) do you have? How (equipment, location) do you run with them? How far do you go? What are your biggest challenges? What's the best advice for a good run with your dog?
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