Exercising with your dog is a great way to bond while getting both of you in shape. For some dogs, part of their everyday exercise could be a run. With the help of my dog running friends I have put together some helpful tips.

Firstly, it's always a good idea to see your vet before you introduce a new exercise your dog doesn't normally do. They'll be able to advise you on your dog's current fitness levels and if there's a limit to how much they can manage.

You must wait until a puppy is fully grown before taking them running. I didn't start running with Mole until he was a year old and even then we did a walk run and not too far for the first few weeks. Running won't suit all dogs and not all dogs can do the same distance or the same speed as others. Just remember to keep an eye on how they're doing and if they are struggling at all then it's time to reassess. Some breeds are born to run others are born to snooze all day ;) 

I would also advice that your dog should be well trained before starting running. Only a well-trained and socialised dog will result in a relaxed run for you and other walkers. Your dog needs to be used to the leash, accept guidance from you, react to your commands, and cope with meeting other dogs. 

I would also invest in a good well-fitting running harness and 2/3 metre adjustable waist bungee for yourself. 

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Holly Rush

ASICS UK Frontrunner Community Manager from Frome, Somerset

Age group: 40-45
Club: Avon Valley Runners
Coach: Alan Storey

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