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Getting up to run in the wee hours of the morning while it’s still dark and the entire neighborhood is sound asleep is an amazing experience, especially when you get to show up to work with one big item already crossed off your to-do list. Now you may be contemplating going for your first marathon, or simply want a friend to join in on the fun with you. And who better than man’s best friend?
Running a marathon with your dog or a dog you are hoping to adopt is not an impossible task. Here’s how to successfully run a marathon with your four-legged family member.
Before we begin, it’s important to recognize that some dogs are better suited to marathon running. Others my prefer shorter runs or may only like to go on quick walks to the shops and back. It’s important to know what the basic framework of the breed is to have a good idea of what your dog can handle.
Certain dogs like pugs or other flat-faced breeds are not ideally suited to running for longer periods of time. They are very likely to end up overheating during a run and may struggle to breathe properly. Other dogs such as Pitbulls and Golden Retrievers would prefer for you to take them on shorter, much faster runs.
Dogs which were primarily bred for work, on the other hand, are far more inclined to run marathons. Some good examples are German shepherds, German shorthaired pointers, Weimeraners and Dalmatians.
(Note: DO NOT TAKE DOGS out for runs before they are a year or eighteen months old. Otherwise, this can have serious consequences for the puppy later in life.)
Regardless of the breed, you should take your dog to the vet to ensure that they are able to handle a marathon with you.
Before you begin marathon training, make sure your dog is at the top of his game: he should not be in recovery from any injuries or operations, be excessively overweight, or on heavy medications. If he is, make sure to consult with the vet before running with the dog.
When going out running with your dog, he should know basic commands so that he can cope in any environment. He should not pull on his leash because that can seriously injure you both.
When planning the ideal pace for you and your dog, try to gauge his natural pace during a trot. That should be the ideal pace during a marathon, with no sprints or very fast running speeds included.
Otherwise make sure to pack treats, food for your dog, clean drinkable water and make sure to always be vigilant of your dog’s condition during runs. This might mean taking more frequent breaks during your runs.
If you take the proper precautions and care, both you and your dog will thoroughly enjoy the experiences you have out on the open road.
Bio: Sarah Jones writes for Crazy Pet Guy. She adores pets and loves spending time with them. For that reason, she started her blog to share what she knows and what others have taught her.
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