A couple of weeks ago I told you about a cool project named K9 Kamp that encourages people to get fit with their dogs.
Mum and I decided to join in as we really wanted to share a little about the joy of running together.
We were also going to run longer distances during the time the event is being promoted, but not all things go to plan!
We run each morning (though we walk on a Sunday) and on the way out we pick up my buddy Cosmo from next door, as he loves to come with us too!
Unfortunately though, Mum got injured and we haven’t been able to run for a few weeks now, doh!
However, we have been walking every day, we always try to find some type of exercise we can do even if one of us is injured, luckily it doesn’t happen very often!
Mum was asked to contribute to a book being written by Peggy Frezon which will be called – The Dieting with my Dog Guide to Weight Loss and Maintenance
Here’s a little extract of the piece that my Mum submitted to help people who would like to run with their dog get started:
……..So, now we have all the equipment, we’re ready to go! I think it’s useful to consider the objective of running with your dog. I like to do running races, therefore I like to train often.
Running with a dog isn’t as easy as running on your own, you have to keep stopping, you have to train your dog to run with you, and you have to remain vigilant that you don’t fall over them or they don’t run into any danger – However, for me it does mean that I go out every morning!
Snoopy loves to go running and as soon it gets to the time we normally go, he’s there encouraging me to get ready, he’ll even start barking if I take too long! Yes, that also means we DO go out in the winter, in the cold and in the rain!
We live in California, so I can’t pretend it’s THAT bad, but without his encouragement I’d probably skip those days!
I mentioned above about training your dog to run with you. I use a number of commands that Snoopy’s learnt over time such as ‘This Way’ when we’re changing direction, ‘OK’ if we’ve had to run on the road and it’s now ok to return to the sidewalk, ‘Wait’ if I need him to wait for any reason, such as picking up poop, etc.
I won’t pretend this happened over night, it took a while. Now though, it really is a pleasure and he can usually pick up on the slightest movement on his lead. It was also tough in the beginning, as Snoopy was a puppy and running, rather than walking, with him would sometimes get him overexcited, when this happened I would just stop and make him sit until he’d relaxed and then we could carry on……..
There’s lots more information in the book about running with your dog (as well as other ways to keep fit), but if anyone has any questions in the meantime, just let me know – running with your dog really is fun for all – I give it a paws up!
Have you ever considered it, or do you do it?