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2/10/12 11:31 P

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A couple of years I was running 2-3 miles 3x/wk, but I fell out of it. I started running again in mid-January when I discovered that our recently adopted 1-year-old Shepard mix likes to run. I was able to keep motivated as she kind of pulled me along and entertained/distracted from the difficulty of the run. It was fun for awhile. Then, one day she took over the side walk and, in an effort to not step on her, I stepped off the sidewalk and twisted my ankle. I decided that I was going to have to start running on my own. She wasn't a very good partner anyways as she required frequent bathroom breaks (and made me run with the stinky baggies til we came across a dumpster), couldn't pace herself, frequently took cut me off or stopped right in front of me, and was very vocal when it came to other dogs. These things quickly out-weighed the motivation/distraction she provided me with. She gets really excited when she thinks we're going for a run and I feel bad leaving her, but, since I've been running without her, I've gotten up to 3.75 miles. And I'm running about 80% of it (20% is a walk to catch my breath).
Anyways, yesterday my husband insisted that I take the doggy with me, as she'd been in the house nearly all day. It was a miserable run. It seemed like all of those same old problems were intensified. At one point, she just stopped and wouldn't go anywhere until I turned around to start back home. On the upside, I was excited to see that she can't keep up with ME now! (I'm now the one doing the pulling lol)
From now on, she's staying home and I will walk her for a cool down afterwards. :)

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4/20/11 12:27 P

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I have tried running with my doggy a couple of times, but he is small (dachshund/cocker spaniel mix), so after about 15 minutes (of a walk/run combo) he's totally pooped & ready to pass out. Therefore, I feel like I am not really getting the kind of workout I'd like to with my run. Poor pup; he really tries to keep up. He's a good sport, but I have decided to stick with the walks with him (which he's not even a fan of).

It is true though... they definitely need to poop from running. Gotta keep bags with you.
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2/10/10 6:24 A

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I would love to run with my dog but I have trouble walking him never mind running! He's a Beagle and follows his nose so I end up getting dragged around by him. I have tried to run with him once but he kept running faster than me and then abrupt stopped when he got a scent. It was just a waste of a run to be honest.

Now I just walk him on my non running days to give me and him some extra exercise (my partner takes him out every evening).

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1/9/10 9:18 A

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That is hilarious. But I guess it makes sense since walking/running stimulates the peristalsis in your bowels. Poor dogs ;) I don't run with my dogs, unfortunately. Although I think I may with my puppy given she's small enough for me to control. My big dog, when he takes off, I just can't keep up.

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8/2/09 7:22 P

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I know you can use a skojorning (have no idea how to spell it)harness/lead. It's the sport where you can cross country ski and be pulled at the same time by your dog. I'm not sure if you could adapt it to put it at your side. I'd be concerned that your dog would be running in front of you. It's worth checking out.


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8/2/09 11:56 A

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We are going to get a dog soon, most likely a puppy. We've been looking at boxers and boxer mixes as well as boston terriers/pug mixes.

My question to you that run with your dog is do they make a special leash to run with your dog so you don't have to hold it in your hand (like have it around your waste somehow)?

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6/19/09 4:07 P

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I have a 67 pound mutt-cross between everything-sheppard, pit bull, chow...she loves running with me. It took her a couple of weeks to figure out what I wanted from her-originally she would just sprint, or cross in front of me OR try to stop & smell the roses. But eventually she learned that we only stopped at a certain spot for a pee/water break. I held her leash tight to me so she wouldn't trip me up. I had to stop running with her this spring as she is almost 7 yrs old and has never had a strong back end. She would get so excited when I put my running gear on. I haven't been able to run this summer due to surgery but in the spring when I would go out and leave her behind she would just sit in the window and give me a pathetic sad look.

I think it just takes some time for them to learn.
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6/15/09 5:54 A

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I started running with my lab/border collie "vader" when he was 6months old and i loved it..he would run next to me, not in front of me. he never stopped to sniff. but then my vet said 6month was too early (He's my first pet so i really didnt know) so i stopped running with him (actually i stopped running altogether) so now that he's 13months ive been trying to start up again, but now he's doing what everyone else's dog is doiung and that's running in front of me, or stopping to sniff. it gets annoying but im thinking like everyone else if i keep it up he'll start developing better habits i hope... good luck..

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6/11/09 12:10 A

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My pup is a half Australian Shepherd/ Setter/Spaniel mix, so she is really athletic. My run is like her jog. lol. When we go on walks, she actually struggles to go my speed (and I walk 3.5-4 mph). She always wants to be going faster. But she likes going. It gets the energy out of her.

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My dog loves to run as well. She is a 35 lb mutt. She gets insanely excited when i put on my sneakers. I try to run outside with her one or two times a week, plus our daily walks. She runs with a backpack to help her keep focused and slow her down to my pace (my bf can run a lot faster than i do, and he even has trouble keeping her slowed down) I think it is great bonding time, and with a gentle leader and her most always running near me on the left side, she stays out of my way and out of the road. She has only tripped me once, and that was when she was really upset, barking and jumping at another dog.

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2/2/09 2:58 P

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Mia is a border collie and she loves to run. She to gets into the zone! She has one particular spot that she "goes" and I am used to it. We just stop and she does her business, I clean it up, have a port a potty just a few yards away I flush it down and off we go again. She used to cross in front of me but after a few times she knows what to do. I also use a harness and keep her close to my side. You can always tell when she is really getting into it-her ears lay back, she has a kind of doggie smile and just flys! It is awesome. Now the new puppy who is supposed to be a lab/border collie/australian shepard might be interesting once he gets bigger. Right now he is a little butterball!
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2/2/09 12:10 A

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LOL - sounds like you've got it down. Of course, all the border collies I've known are obsessive about whatever their 'work' is, so you've got the advantage of dealing with a great breed for it. Plus they are dogs that are bred for a lot of running. I think you have a great situation there - the running will keep him sane and probably out of trouble, and you'll have a great running buddy! Have fun!

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2/1/09 8:14 P

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I take my border collie with me to my local bike path and it's not his "fun time" - it's a job for him. I'm insisting that he heel so he doesn't trip me and I can tell that my pace isn't much fun for him, but if I keep it up, then that part will get better for him. My dog is very clear that running with me is his job and he's doing what I'm telling him; I don't tolerate sniffing and stopping - I keep going. If I notice he's not paying attention, I abruptly change direction and throw him off balance. I might run in a tight circle for a moment or go at a 90 degree angle to the pathway and then change back without warning. I probably look like a freak, but it's making for a well trained dog. That said, he loves it and races to the door so he doesn't get left behind the minute I start putting on my gear. Dogs like you to be the boss and make them behave as long as your expectations are clear. If your dog is too big for you to control, you might try a properly fitting pinch collar. Make sure you get help fitting it correctly! If you are constantly yanking on a choke collar or if you allow them to constantly pull on it, they learn to ignore it. Make sure you're using whichever type you use correctly.

I've never had an issue with the potty stopping or marking because he's so focused on working. Also, if it helps, you might try training for a word to "go;" I've always tried to train dogs that "go potty" means do your business now, which is really convenient when you're on a trip or in a hurry. If you train for that, you might start your visit to the park with a "go potty," clean it up, and then run.



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9/2/08 12:59 P

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I love running with my cocker spaniel. She likes to dart out in front of me sometimes when she sees a lizard but other than that she's pretty good. They just have to learn how to run with you and understand that it's not pottie time it's training time.

Normally before I run with my pup I'll put her outside while I'm getting ready. Put them out by themselves so if they have to go to the bathroom they're not playing and will go rather quickly. Additionally if you run with your dog all the time create a routine...dogs do well with routines. Ask them if they're ready to go running. Eventually they'll get what you mean.

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6/18/08 11:58 A

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I run with my pup - Macy. She is 9 months old and quite athletic and spunky!! She weighs only about 24 lbs. She tries to PULL me sometimes, so she definitely does not drag me down. The trouble is everyone else on the road thinks she is so cute and they STOP in my path to watch her. Its annoying. That and the occational duck or rabbit she tries to take off after. ;) But I love it - its worth it.




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5/10/08 6:08 A

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Maybe the thing is that my dogs are all BIG-like, 60 to 90 pounds. I think if I had a small or medium sized dog, I could see problems with them trying to keep up. In the last week or so, my guys seem to get into a groove once we've gone about 10 minutes-the stops are always in the beginning now, which is MUCH easier. I guess they just needed time to adapt like I did!

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5/8/08 12:08 P

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Running is stressful enough: trying to keep pace, control breathing, finishing out the distance etc. Pee breaks, which are inevitable, because dogs are so territorial means you'll always have to stop for them. If your anything like me -- once you've stopped running, you're done!

I started out bringing my puggle on runs and at first he loved it but it was a short lived. If he wasn't stopping a gazillion times to do his duty -- he was literally jumping up to grab the lease to tell me to stop. I honestly don't think dogs like it as much as we think they might. Come to think about it... I don't think I've ever seen a dog running cooperatively with their owners emoticon

Good luck with whatever you decide and no matter what.... keep running!

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5/5/08 3:01 A

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Yeah, two of my dogs are kinda overweight so my slow pace seems to be good for them. The other two run so fast that it feels like at any moment I'll see one of them hauling down the street dragging my arm behind them trailing blood. They need the exercise though and get SO excited when they see the leash-I have to wait to bring them in to go with me right before I am ready to leave or they will zip around me and make all sorts of weird noises until we take off.

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5/4/08 6:20 P

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I tried, but could never run with my dog, but it was more because of me than him at that point.

One thing to remember, however, is that your dog needs conditioning as much as you do. We think of our dogs as natural runners, but they need time to build up their muscles, cardio/vascular endurance, and even their foot pads. Something to keep in mind.

As for the pooping - yep, the exercise just gets things moving in them! (Does it for me too, LOL!!) Good luck!!

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5/4/08 7:54 A

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I used to run with my Blue Heeler, but we've got a local veterinarian on the warpath trying to stop people running with their hounds. She has 'evidence' that since humans and dogs cannot run the same way it will cause early on-set arthritis in the dog. So now I just walk my hound. She also likes to poo on the go.

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5/3/08 2:03 P

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That is so funny-the mental image of you dragging an uncooperative shih tzu down the street made me lol! Maybe carrying her the rest of the way would be good for upper body strength? Don't give her any ideas though! No trails near me but you are lucky to have them (and the poop drop off stations!)

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5/2/08 8:54 P

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Jake comes with me on my off day exercise walks, but not on the runs... I really need to stay focused when I'm running and can't manage him AND my ipod and don't want to deal with the pee breaks!
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5/2/08 8:38 A

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That is hilarious! Well, I run with my dog occasionally though she is just an 18 lb shih tzu (I think the neighbors find it funny) and definitely even on really long walks, she goes #2 at least twice. I hear your frustration! I just keep plastic bags on hand and lucky for me, in the middle of my neighborhood a running path starts that has a little "pick up your poop station" with bags and a trash can so that is never too far away. When she is feeling zig zaggy I keep her leash really short and keep her right next to me. Most of the time (and this is why I cant take her too much) after about a half mile she will just trot along behind me and after about a mile she quits. i wish i could work her up to running two even three miles with me, but it is hard enough to train myself to be doing this!

I dont have much advice, but maybe take them to a nearby trail or somewhere public that has more trash cans available! I think all the activity just makes them have to go more!

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5/2/08 7:51 A

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I have been running since April 10th (I am beyond proud of myself and can't believe that I AM A RUNNER!) I have four good size dogs (55-90 pounds) and I like to take one with me each time I run. However, I have noticed that instead of peeing on everything like they did the first week or so, now it seems like they #2ing every time we go! It is so frustrating. Today, I was literally 30 seconds in after 5 minutes of walking and there goes Chopper! She was in the backyard with her Dad for HOURS beforehand! I have to carry a fanny pack with rubber gloves and wet wipes as well as a leash held bag holder. Then I have to search for someone's trash can to throw it away in, which always makes me feel weird but what else am I supposed to do? Keep running with it, lol?
Also, they do a thing where they will quickly cross in front of me as I am running and I have almost eaten asphalt twice.
Just wondering if anyone else shares these challenges-I can't be the only one! The good thing is, once they get running, they don't want to stop so I have no choice but to keep up the pace!

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