Running with your dog!

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!

And we're off!  Bet I can beat you Cosmo!  Tee Hee

And we’re off! Bet I can beat you Cosmo! Tee Hee


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


This is Kelly, Peggy’s cute little dog – I think she’s ready to go running too! :)


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?




  1. Great advice Snoopy – we go running with SlimDoggy & Maggie all the time. They are ‘seniors’ so we can’t go everyday, but Jack goes for at least 3-4 runs a week and Maggie usually 2-3. Dad goes EVERY day, so there’s always a running partner.
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    • Hey Guys,

      That is SO cool!! I think running is so much fun, if Mum doesn’t get better quick, I may have to dump her and run with Dad! Tee Hee

      Have fun,

      Snoops :)

  2. It’s like your very own accountability buddy! I know I would surely skip those rainy and cold days. I’m sure a dog barking to say, “Let’s go!” does help you go running regardless. Good for both of you!

  3. That is great Snoopy!! My mommy really has to get going on a could exercise routine… you just may be the inspiration she needs!
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    • Hi Christine and Riley,

      That would be awesome if we were inspiration! My Mum always says if you don’t feel like going, just tell yourself you’re only going for 10 minutes, that gets her out the door and she always wants to stay out longer! :)

      Have fun,

      Snoops :)

  4. Your human gave some great advice about running with dogs, Snoopy. I originally adopted Beamer so I’d have a jogging partner. We actually became couch potatoes together. Whoops :)
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    • Haha Kat,

      Your comment really made me chuckle! couch lolling around sounds like fun too, maybe you can do it together after a run? :)

      Big wags,

      Snoops :)

  5. What great timing! I jog on and off (mostly off) with the dogs, but recently committed myself to a Warrior Dash. (Why?!) So I am going to have to buckle down with jogging with the dogs.

    Anyhow, this week, I have been looking for the ideal hands-free running leash. Any suggestions? I have browsed Ruffwear’s, J-k9, Olly Dog, Outward Hound, and an RC Pets one… but cannot decide! I am looking for elastic/bungee feature and sturdy hardware.
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    • Hi Champ’s Mom,

      That’s cool to hear you’re signed up for a Warrior Dash, my Mum always likes it best when she has a race booked that will motivate her :)

      As for leashes, we haven’t tried the bungee type as Mum likes to be able to have full control of Cosmo and I, we use the Walk in Sync leash as it has a clip at the end that Mum attaches to her running belt, so she can be hands free when picking up poop. This leash also has two sections that are padded so you don’t get leash burn if there are sudden movements. Mum also likes us to wear a harness so we don’t have any jolts to our necks.

      I hope this helps, but if you have any other questions, just let us know :)

      Big wags,

      Snoops :)

  6. How cool is that?–Love it — thanks for sharing. WOOF!

  7. YES for running. We did several posts on it too. Mom have a injury too and she’s working around it … which means does not stop her working out with me. Check out our post for tomorrow. Happy BlogPaws Wednesday. Lots of Golden Woofs, Sugar
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  8. Great idea! I keep fit with my mum too. She plays with me and we go for walks in the garden (with me in a harness).
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  9. That’s great Snoopy. Im trying to get mom to run more. We a lot. Now that the new dog park is open I will be running a whole lot more and so will mom. Have a w
    Wonderful Wednesday!

  10. If I could run Gizmo would be my running partner of choice but my knees won’t let me get past a slow jog interval…We do add some jogging intervals when I can….Gizmo is a great motivator and on my lazy mornings he is great at getting me up and moving
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    • Hi Gizmo and your Mom,

      That’s great that you motivate your Mom just like I do :) My Dad has knee trouble so he just does what he can when he can and lately he’s been able to run more which is cool :)

      Have a fun day,

      Snoops :)

  11. That’s some good advice! I haven’t tried running with Simba…just walking for now. Maybe one day. Congrats on your spot in the book!
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  12. Oh Snoopy. You and your mom are so fit. I don’t run unless something scary is chasing me, or a chicken is chasing my gosling. Right now I’m content to eat healthy. You have fun!
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  13. This is my first time passing by here ! Love the post! Can’t wait to read more from you Snoopy!
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  14. Good explanation Snoopy :)
    Unfortunately, we turtles don’t need to run so I cam’t force Mommy to run and loose that fat on her body ;)
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  15. That is a great way of keeping fit Snoopy. My peeps won’t chase squirrels with me. She is too lazy and just stands around nattering and hollering to scare the squirrels if I get too close. Big sigh. She did try running with me but I get so excited I trip her up or bit her ankles or her hands. Ho hum. Have a wonderful Wednesday.
    Best wishes Molly
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    • Hey Molly,

      Sorry to hear your human isn’t into the Squirrel chasing, doh! I used to trip up my Mum too, a lot, but as I’ve got older I don’t feel like messing around so much, so it doesn’t tend to happen anymore! :)

      Have a fun day,

      Snoops :)

  16. My mom is on a running break too right now – foot injury! I am doing a running post on Friday. I don’t run as much with mom as I used to and Katie retired a couple years, but mom loves to run with dogs, it is a great way to work out together! Do you ever run through sprinklers with your mom…my mom and I love to do that in the summer!
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    • Hi Emma,

      I hope your Mom’s foot gets better soon – running through the sprinklers is fun, but Mum only allows it when it’s hot cos she’s a wuss! :)

      Have fun,

      Snoops :)

  17. Poor Mommy not being able to run..My Mom said she is going to run with me, she wants to get rid of all the wobbly bits BOL xx00xx

    Mollie and Alfie
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  18. Snoopy,

    How wonderful that your mom and you run/walk together. Our favorite thing to do is walk with our humans. We do most of our running in the yard or sometimes in the big field at the nearby park.

    Hope your mommy feels better soon!

    Bella and DiDi
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    • Thanks Bella and DiDi,

      Mum’s hoping if her recover continues she may try a little run on Monday, I’m excited cos I miss it!

      Have a fun day,

      Snoops :)

  19. Thanks for contributing about running to the book, Snoops! Kelly loves to run, but she runs with her dad. I’m not a great runner. I can run for about 2.3 seconds, then I quit. lol. Snoopy and Cosmo look like the best running partners!
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  20. I don’t like to run so we walk. We walk all the time almost every day. Any running is done in the back yard by the dogs alone when we play fetch. :)
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    • Hi Dawn,

      Walking can be fun too, but both Mum and I prefer to run (she did’t use to, but then she got the bug!) :)

      Have a fun day,

      Snoops :)

  21. I don’t have the knees for running. :-( But I will on occasion trot/jog with Sampson and Delilah. Delilah is super fast though so I don’t like to encourage her too much. :-)
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    • Hi Jodi,

      I can imagine, if Delilah is anything like me she only needs a tiny bit of encouragement to get running! :)

      Have a fun day,

      Snoops :)

  22. I used to enjoy running with the dogs – although truthfully it was exhausting with our beagle. The hubs would run out ahead of us and be “the rabbit.” She would pull so hard to keep up with him, but I wasn’t fast enough. I spent most of my time leaning backwards to get her to slow down, while still trying to keep my forward momentum! Exhausting. But when we’d go to the off-leash beach and all run together it was much easier/much more fun!

    I haven’t been able to do it with Rita due to old peroneal (sp?) muscle troubles I developed after my first and last marathon. :(
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    • Haha Jackie,

      I loved your “rabbit” comment – sometimes Dad gets to be the rabbit, Mum loves those days cos we keep going a lot more, no time for sniffing when we’ve got a rabbit to chase, right?! :)

      Sorry to hear you can’t run since your marathon, Mum hates it when she can’t run, but she’s trying really hard to rest so she can get back asap! :)

      Wags to all,

      Snoops :)

  23. With arthritis Dottie can’t run and Boomer doesn’t keep up a pace so a walk is best for us… plus I really don’t like running!

    We try to get our walks in before it gets too hot… today we barely made it!
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    • Hi Emily,

      I know what you mean about the heat, we’re lucky that it cools at night, but if we leave it too late in the morning it’s too hot here too!

      Have fun,

      Snoops :)

  24. Can’t wait until I can get outdoors with Chuy again and at least walk! He has a compressed disc space so he’s on strict crate rest for at least one month.
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    • Hi Guys,

      So sorry to hear Chuy is injured and on crate rest, that sucks buddy, sending you big wags to get better really soon!

      Snoops :)

  25. I think it is so great that you run every day! I do wish we lived in CA so we had a little less nasty weather, like snow, to deal with! I have just started running with our two girls, and we have started out easy and so far are only going out twice a week. I do have one question….our little beagle (just under 25 lbs) is acting like her back is bothering her a little, not too bad, but she doesn’t want to jump or anything like that, and hasn’t wanted to play ball.. We had gone for a short run and then later on we played a little Frisbee. I tend to think it was the Frisbee playing that might have injured her…..would it be unusual for a dog to hurt it’s back from running? She has had this type of injury in the past, and usually a couple days of keeping quiet and she is better. I just want to be sure that the running is a good thing for her. Thanks!
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    • Hi Jan,

      I’m sorry to hear she’s not feeling to good – My Mum is always super cautious with me and if she’s in any doubt that I might be injured gets me checked out by my vet as she doesn’t want to make anything worse…..

      I hope she’s feeling better really soon :)

      Big wags,

      Snoops :)

  26. Good thoughtful advice. I hope your injury heals very soon.

  27. Mom and I just walk, but we love being outside, and she has taught me words like “wait” and “this way” and “heel” to make her life easier.

    Love and licks,
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    • Hi Cupcake,

      Glad you and your Mom have your code words, my Mum also tries “hurry up and stop sniffing”, but Cosmo and I don’t seem to be able to learn that one! :)

      Have fun buddy,

      Snoops :)

  28. I use “this way” when walking and hiking with Chester and Gretel too but over the years it has really turned into “dis way” :) I am sorry to hear about your injury. It’s a bummer when you have to put fitness/training on hold to heal but it’s necessary. I was doing a little running for K9 Kamp but then had to stop because I got a really bad cold. I hope to be able to motivate myself to start building a routine again after I get better.
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    • Hi Jessica,

      I hope you’re feeling better now and you’ll be able to get back to running :)

      I’m thinking we might get running again in a day or two and I’m super excited! :)

      Have fun,

      Snoops :)

  29. Congrats to your mom for being a writer! I look forward to the book because I’ve wanted to run with my dogs for the longest time. Hannah LOVES to run but she yanks my arm off every time she runs – I’ve tried to teach her to slow down and go at my pace, but it’s taking a while. So now, we intersperse our walks with short little runs, and she loves it. I notice they’re a lot more tired when we get home too.
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    • Thanks Guys,

      Yes running with your dog can take quite a bit of practice and patience, but it’s definitely worth it! I used to be not the best running partner, but it all works really well now :)

      Any questions, just let us know,

      Have fun,

      Snoops :)

  30. Sounds like so much fun!

  31. Great information. I like the way you taught Snoopy some commands to help make the trips more enjoyable. You are right. Whenever you are teaching these types of things, it takes time and repetition.
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    • Hi Browndawgs,

      You guys are the experts at knowing lots of commands, it must take forever for your training, or you’re super smart! :)

      Have fun,

      Snoops :)

  32. Hey … I nominated you guys for the Super Sweet Blogging Award and the Versatile Blogger.
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  33. That’ s great advice, Snoopy! Running with a dog is something we’d like to learn more about! :)

    • Hi Guys,

      Glad you found it useful, there’s more information in the book and if you have any questions, just let us know! :)

      Have fun,

      Snoops :)

  34. We love going on long hikes, but sometimes one of the bipeds will take me for a short run and I love it!
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  35. I’m sorry your mom is hurt, Snoopy! I hope she will get better fast.

    Mom used to run with me a little bit, but once I am all better she is planning on running with me a lot more since I probably won’t be able to run off leash much or at all. But on the leash she can keep me from starting and stopping too fast and from making sharp turns that hurt my knees…
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    • Hi Remy,

      I sure hope you get to run again really soon buddy, it really sucks that you’ve been injured for so long…..

      Here’s to sprinting around again! :)

      Snoops :)

  36. Great tips! I think a lot of people think running with a dog is easy… and that’s not necessarily so. No running here these days, but we used to run with our black Lab, Spanky. Took awhile to work out the kinks, but was so much fun :-)
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    • Hi Sue,

      You’re so right, once you’ve mastered it, it’s really fun and pretty easy, it’s the mastering it that can take a little while! :)

      Have a fun day,

      Snoops :)

  37. mummy and I have jogged a few times, but she’s so unfit its only lasted 2-3 mins BOL
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  38. Hi Snoops! I do hope you get the chance to run with Rocco some day. I think you could teach him a thing or two. He likes to run all out!… which means we combine walking with sprinting. There’s not much in between!
    Your pals,
    Diane and Rocco
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    • Hi Diane and Rocco,

      Oh that would be fab! Are you guys going to Vegas? Can you imagine Rocco and I in Vegas? Tee Hee

      Wags to all,

      Snoops :)

  39. Your running tips are super helpful, they’re going to be a great addition to the book! Snoopy and Cosmo are lucky dogs to help keep you fit and trim!
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  40. Sorry your mom got injured Snoopy. That’s never fun, but glad you all try to say active in some way even when one of you has an injury. I tend to use the injury excuse to my advantage, even though I know I shouldn’t it. “Oh, Toby has a limp, guess “I” can’t exercise today.” I know, I know. L.A.Z.Y.
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    • Haha Donna,

      I’m sure my Mum would try the excuse too, however, Cosmo and I don’t let her, I’ll even bark at her to make her take us out! Tee Hee – I tell her she’s at bootcamp! :)

      Wags to all,

      Snoops :)

  41. I would love to run with my Mom, but first she needs to train me to walk on the side of her. I like to zig zag a lot.
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    • Hi Parker,

      This made me chuckle cos I used to be a zigzagger too when I was a pup! So tell your Mom not to give up, if I can master it you sure can buddy! :)

      Have a fun day,

      Snoops :)


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