Would you like to Start Running Together With Your Dog


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How To Run With Your Dog

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Walking and running are some of the easiest activities to do with your dog. It’s good for your health and the health of your dog, and running together will also strengthen that special human/canine relationship. What’s more, a tired dog is an obedient dog. Just like humans, dogs need daily exercise for their health and happiness.

And again, just like humans, American pets have a pudge problem: an estimated 52% of dogs are overweight or obese. Walking. Running with your dog is a fun way to spend time together and helps keep both of you in tip-top shape. Plus, having a running buddy can be an important source of motivation. With the weather cooling, if you have been thinking about start running with your dog, this is a good time to introduce it.

Extreme heat is generally not an issue when the weather is cool and running can be very pleasant for both of you. Running is a great way to work off the energy of a high energy dog. Be sure to consult a veterinarian before you hit the trails with your pup.

The starting age varies among breeds and sizes, and it is generally recommended that a dog not begin a strenuous activity like running until they are at least six or seven months old. For some breeds, it may fall into the one or two-year-old range. Before you start running, you should talk to your vet and get a “green light”. Just to be on the safe side, do a regular check-up and make sure your dog is ready to go.

Dogs can’t express themselves in the same way we can, so this is your way of making sure. Walking with a younger dog will help build a strong base for a future running program. For dogs that are 18 months or older, start the same way you would. If your dog is new to running, don’t set out for a 5-mile run.

Start slow and build your mileage together. Start with a hands free leash, such as The Buddy System, or with a regular 4-6 foot leash that you hold by keeping your bent arms at your side in a normal running stance rather than extending your arms out. Bring a portion of your dog’s regular meal or small treats which you can carry in easily accessible pockets or a treat pouch. According to veterinarian Tim Hackett of Colorado State University’s Veterinary Teaching Hospital, seven months is the absolute earliest age at which to start a dog with running, but one year is recommended.

Keep in mind that the larger the breed of dog, the longer it. Before you begin running with your dog you should make sure that they’re capable of the exercise, they don’t have any pre-existing health problems which running might exacerbate, and that they only run for as long as their stamina naturally allows. Start with a short, 10-minute run somewhere familiar for your dog.

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Since I preferred running with the dog and the dog wouldn’t be able to run forever, I usually skipped the speed work.

“Depression Hates a Moving Target: How Running With My Dog Brought Me Back From the Brink” by Nita Sweeney
from Depression Hates a Moving Target: How Running With My Dog Brought Me Back From the Brink
by Nita Sweeney
Mango Media, 2019

Your dog will be attracted to you by your running, and he will start moving towards you.

“When Pigs Fly: Training Success with Impossible Dogs” by Jane Killion
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by Jane Killion
Dogwise Publishing, 2007

I had never run before, but I figured if she could do it so could I. I walked almost as much as I ran.

“Chicken Soup for the Mother & Daughter Soul: Stories to Warm the Heart and Honor the Relationship” by Jack Canfield, Mark Victor Hansen
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by Jack Canfield, Mark Victor Hansen
Chicken Soup for the Soul, 2012

He would very patiently jog on the same spot in front of me, or he would take off in a short run and return to where I was, so I could see how he moved.

“Journey To Ixtlan” by Carlos Castaneda
from Journey To Ixtlan
by Carlos Castaneda
Washington Square Press, 1991

Running with a dog provides the best of both worlds—you get to run alone but with a friend.

“Runner's World Complete Book of Running: Everything You Need to Run for Weight Loss, Fitness, and Competition” by Amby Burfoot
from Runner’s World Complete Book of Running: Everything You Need to Run for Weight Loss, Fitness, and Competition
by Amby Burfoot
Rodale Books, 2009

On the other hand, the runner might assign a low threat value with increased distance from the dog, or if he concludes that the dog is probably leashed or simply a friendly household pet.

“Cognitive Therapy of Anxiety Disorders: Science and Practice” by David A. Clark, Aaron T. Beck
from Cognitive Therapy of Anxiety Disorders: Science and Practice
by David A. Clark, Aaron T. Beck
Guilford Publications, 2009

Leash walking in the neighborhood is a different form of exercise than running on a wooded trail.

“Scaredy Dog!: Understanding and Rehabilitating Your Reactive Dog” by Ali Brown
from Scaredy Dog!: Understanding and Rehabilitating Your Reactive Dog
by Ali Brown
Tanacacia Press, 2004

One of my cousins Sascha likes to run too, so we’ve decided we’ll stick together and see if we can run over the bridge together.

“Our Race for Reconciliation” by Anita Heiss
from Our Race for Reconciliation
by Anita Heiss
Scholastic Australia, 2017

At first, the maximum Heel speed might be running—whatever pace your dog wants to go, so it’s really rewarding.

“The Official Ahimsa Dog Training Manual” by Grisha Stewart
from The Official Ahimsa Dog Training Manual
by Grisha Stewart
Dogwise Publishing, 2012

And in this business of running, this whole business of getting started and settling down to faking care of the dogs, in the tension and speed of the race I do not notice when we start climbing; beginning the long run up into the mountains.

“Woodsong” by Gary Paulsen
from Woodsong
by Gary Paulsen
Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers, 2007

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  • Honestly it’s funny that you invest money into fancy equipment like the Trekz Aftershokz earphones for yourself, and at the same time your dog does not have an appropriate sports harness? I cannot un-see how much her neck gets yanked at while you run, especially around 5:40 when you pull her closer to you ouch. Why would you want to encourage people to do it like that when there are so many sports harnesses on the market? Your dog tolerates it because she is excited and happy to do things with you, but it is not comfortable or even healthy for her neck in the long run. Why go through the effort of even making a video on the topic without suitable and safe equipment for both running partners…

  • Nice video. I run with my cairn terrier. Only one question: Why don’t you use a harnass? It’s way better for their throat. My previous dog got trachea collapse because he used to pull on a collar before he was my dog. It was horrible. Vet recommended using a harnass when running. Again, no hate, just wondering.

  • For Nora ��… hehe

    I have a dog almost 9 months old… border collie named Yuki. on 9.2. We started to run…i have never traind before….we did together 100k of trail run since we started… he loves to go and he is a super motivation for me also….. but i am asking myself now… should i leave my dog at home till he is a year old…or…?!?!?

    we do 10k trail run (more or less) 4 times a week.

  • I have a Jack Russell Terrier and he is so crazy and playful:)) He has a very strong personality and it’s so hard for my to train him…But we will definitely try this types of running ������

  • What i missed is adjusting the pace to your dogs pace. Although my dog also does the snif & sprint thing, i adjust the pace so he’s trotting if he follows my pace.
    The other point that’s imporant, you also mentioned, pay close attention to your dogs steps during the run. If there is any sign of limping or discomfort, the run is over.

  • My dog once brought me a rose and all the petels were on and the rose wasent harmed so i had put it in a jar and it took 16-17 weeks

  • Awesome vid. I am a dog trainer and behaviourist and get a smile on my face when people use common sence around their dog. One tip: maybe a harnass will give her a less uncomfortable feeling when you have to shorten your leash. It’s also less straining on her neck and it gives you more control in situations where you might need it. Other than that: happy tails on happy trails!

  • For off leash running i would always recommend an e collar because at some point while running your dog off leash he/she will run after whatever and if she/he doesn’t listen it may cause serious harm just a alittle recommendation for you

  • Nora and you make a great team! Please consider a Canicross harness for Nora to go with the bungee line. It means that when she pulls her windpipe isn’t crushed and she can breath easy. It also puts her at less risk of injury if one of you have to stop suddenly, or trip. Happy trails!

  • Check out Iron Doggy™ (irondoggy.com) since they created the original hands-free leash for running, hiking, or walking your dog. They really do have an awesome, quality product!:)

  • I’ve just got a hands free leash. I was on the hunt for a holster phone holder to attach to it as I’ve got a belt for my bits but it’s all a bit bulky. Maybe I’ll just stick to the belt if U recommend it

  • I know this is an older video, but I love this. We just got a puppy (5 months old), and he’s definitely a running dog! I want to make sure we aren’t blowing him out. Luckily for him, I average about a 12 minute training pace, so it’s a nice easy trot for Mikko the Wonder Dog! Thanks again!

  • I feel like those headphones would be good for women who jog by themselves so they can be safer and more aware of their surroundings

  • Been following your videos for a while now, basically since i started taking running more seriously. However, i do a sport called canicross which is running with your dog. You should look into the kit they recommend for running with your dog. I have a trail dog, she is often with me on runs and goes on and off lead, i use a harness on the dog that doesn’t apply pressure around the throat or restrict shoulder movement, so she enjoys the run as much as i do. Keep the videos coming as they’ve helped me get down from 35 minute 5K to 20 in 18 months, plus shed 22KG.

  • I am a 100 pound girl with a 60 pound lean pitbull who runs faster than I could ever run. Getting a leash attach on to me would be extremely dangerous because my pit does not do well even walking on a leash because the squirrels are a huge distraction. Any help or tips?

  • I use a cooling vest for my Heeler Fozzie when the temps are above 60*F and we trail running and hiking.If he doesn’t wear it he overheats on a 3 mile run, with it on we have done runs of 10 miles and he does great

  • Thanks for bringing up the fact that dogs cannot sweat. They pant to release heat and can only do this when they are at rest so if using a leash please monitor them and allow stops/water as needed as heat and the sun can be much worse for them than us. For some breeds an endurance run is quite difficult even if they appear eager initially as breeding may have been geared to quick sprints only. Our dogs are not not of the variety of this video (non-sporting types) so while I do run on leash with them at times it is only for fun/play and treat it as their outing, not mine so a lot of start-stop-sniff-repeat sessions:).

  • I run with a 4yo Border Collie. The only thing that stops him is heat. We ran 21km of trails today. Running on road has proven more problematic over the years but we have reached a point where the only thing that phases him is trucks. We live rurally though and the roads we run are very quiet.

  • Some breeds are designed to be sprinters while others are distance runners. My Dachshunds and Bassets are surprisingly fast over short distances but my Labrador can run for miles and miles.

  • Awesome. Dogs are great to run with. When the temp is cool my lab mix can run as far and fast as I can, but in the heat I just take him for a warmup or cool down.

  • Awesome vid! I just started running a few weeks ago, and I’m excited to start bringing my pooches. Right now it’s too cold in ND to do much outside. Thanks for the tips!

  • Thanks Coach Nate and Coach Nora for the vid:D I’ve been running a few years with my dog and the furthest I went with him is 12km. At the moment we are running together three times a week, twice on leash and once off leash on the trails. Think we can try to go for a 16km and slowly build up from there… Just have a question, if you run with Nora where there is not a lot of puddles or a stream how often do you give her water on you longer runs?

  • I run with my pal too. Great hints. How did you find her as my dog was a rescue and it was totally by accident that we started running together. I trained her to run on my left as we run toward traffic for safety. She has gone as far as 8-9 miles.

  • Try to do a search on: Ben Robinson dog. Ben is a fast runner, he can do a 5 km parkrun in just under 15 minutes. But with the help of his dog he is able to do it in 12:30 minutes! Now that is fast if you ask me!

  • This is great! As a running coach, you have tremendous insight on dogs and your advice is golden. Nora is so lucky to have you as her human companion.!

  • Just love Lou…. how can you know love a Heeler? Gus is my best bud and the light of my life… Gus is a “Trail Dog” we hike and backpack. This year we will be hiking the “K” section of the PCT from Rainy Pass to Stevens Pass 10 day 127 miles… We also hike many day hikes.

  • Sorry but I had to dislike this, I run with my dog and would never use the neck style coller. In the video it shows the dog putting strain on the lead and pulling her back, therefore you are putting pressure on the dogs neck restricting breathing and possibly causing damaged to the neck.
    Please, if you do run with your dog use a proper dog running harness, it’s much more humane to your dog than a collar.

  • Hey Nate, any tips on a dog that has to stop and smell everything? Im constantly pulling her along or stopping for her to sniff/mark. She can run with me, its just she stops too often to make it enjoyable.

  • This such a great video. It made me smile just watching Nora have fun! Making sure our dogs get enough exercise is a great reason to teach them to run with us! I know of a few dog advocacy sites that would love to see this, so I’m going to share this!

  • woooooooooooooooooooooooooow i <3 dog,s!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • What age should I start running with my cattle dog? Also when I walk with my pup she is constantly nipping ankles which I feel I could trip over her. Do they stop nipping at some point?

  • I was wondering, did Lou ever have a problem with trying to heard you? My dog does this and will nip at my heels and I was wondering if you have any tips to help stop this? Love your channel!❤️

  • Liz my dog is named Sandy and she’s a red healer cross and I am teaching her to be a cattle dog and I personally have never had a cattle before and I AM training her my self so this is going to be interesting hahahaha but I am learning a lot from you

  • My son has a Red Heeler 7 mo. Girl. These videos have helped me allot. He visits with her occasionally week ends, I’m a small Home Pet groomer. He has a nice one. Wow doesn’t run away out side, like my bigMaltese, and Rat Terrier!

  • Hi! Do you have a video with information on a Heeler as a puppy? Like the timeframe of the vaccines and the deworming and vet checks?

    I haven’t seen all your videos so not sure if you’ve also done one of her visits and cost.

    I just got a heeler. She’s 9 weeks and 4 days old and would love to know more in advance. Trying to raise her the best way possible.

  • Liz, i been enjoying your videos since the day I came home with my new cattle dog (blue healer) He is a splitin image of Lou. I have the same leash and everything you say I did or tried and it all is good. I do no go hiking but I have 6 acres and he loves to run. Harley is fully potty trained and I have him doing some tricks already. He’s about 5 months old. He’s turning into more like a service dog for me because I am a diabetic. He knows when something is wrong and the best of all he is very loyle. Keep up the good work.

  • i recently got a blue heeler 5 months old. also my first time having a dog!! and im so in love with him, his the most loving dog ever. But seen your videos really help me understand many things about my pup that i didnt know!
    any suggestion on how to get my pup to be ready of the leash??? thanks much love

  • Liz, this is off topic but I wondered how Lou handled stairs. I was just reading a dog should not even try going down stairs until they are a year old. My Raylan is 10 weeks old right now I have had him 4 days. I have two stair cases one inside and one that goes down from a deck in the yard. The inside stairs are pretty steep and outside is a pretty long stair case. I just wondered how Lou did with stairs? Thanks for all your tips I am trying my best to do this right.

  • Run with my Boxwe Rottweilers. Trained up to 4 miles then she was pooped. She is limping now so we need to get surgery. Miss her on runs now…such a beautiful location

  • Louie barking lets go stop with the video! ACD can run for hours in the heat or cold if they are conditioned to much more than humans…that’s what they were bred for

  • Buck lays in the mud as well and when we are fishing, he puts his front paws in the water and butt on bank lol, usually in the mud… does Lou blow bubbles? Buck does, Zoe doesn’t….yet lol.

  • Maggie and I run 3-4 miles in the foothills every day. I wish I could have her off leash, but we have so much wildlife around coyotes, mostly that it isn’t safe for her to be loose. We see turkeys, bunnies, squirrels, and bobcats, too. I’m sure Lou loves it when you take him out to run with you; it’s such a bonding experience! Good for you!:D

  • Don’t like that waist leash. Just use a midsize leash with a loop handle. When at a decent pace, place your arm inside the loop around your elbow area and run without any tension. Your dog and you will love the feeling of running without any tension.

  • Lou is hillarious!!!  Everyone is going to think cattle dogs are easy going lap dogs. I am watching this at work at 0650  and you running with Lou made me smile and feel better.  Thx.  Music was very good. This could be a great meditation video.

  • Liz, my blue heeler is named Juneybug. She is 12 years old now and doesn’t run much anymore but in her younger years I use to run about 25 miles a week with her..Seems like it took the miles to keep her calm. She has and is a great dog.. I also enjoy your videos with you, Lou and hubby…keep up the good work..

  • My dad’s dog used to bring him everything like robber dog it whould go to shop and bring something expensive that was cool dog i wanna have one too like if you want these type of dogs

  • I took my blue pup out to see my buddy for his bday at the graveyard. He was running around taking the flowers out of the graves lmao. So disrespectful

  • Great topic��Iiving in town there not much room for exercise a dog but going national park or friends/family farm is where I take my dogs. I usually pack water, maybe ice cubes n first aid kit for dogs before going out. I let them run off leash but keep them insight. Great exercise tip is making them run back n forwards along sheep race (race holds sheep in narrow line before drafting sheep) and after exercise been outdoors I check dog over, looking for ticks. Check feet for broken claws or bleed feet. Don’t run dogs in summer heat or on hot pavement��

  • Hi! Love your channel! Could you do a review on gps pet trackers that work for hiking with our dogs and also in the city? Thank youu!! Keep doing lovely videos!

  • Great video! My dog is a golden retriever and border collie mix and he loves to run. I started him out on short runs when he was 6 mos old, now we do 3 or 4 runs per week, always the same 5 mile loop. He’s 2 years old now and it’s not uncommon for him to get 80 miles a month in, most of which is off leash. He was trained early so he sticks with me. If I want to run 10, I do two 5 mile loops and drop him at the house after the first loop. Great training partner. Like you, I make sure he’s hydrated and make smart decisions about heat, time of day, etc.; I checked with the Vet, she said he’s a total beast and that he is healthy as a horse. I check his paws daily, no issues. I take his safety as a top priority!

  • We use the same hydration pack! I actually managed to squish a second two liter bladder inside so I’m able to carry 4L. Also if you’re interested I taught my dog to drink from the boarded tube without putting his mouth on it but squeezing the mouth piece and hanging it over his head. Definitely leads to quicker waters breaks!

    My dog and I love to hike but recently were getting into mountain biking. He likes to run of leash besides me!

  • My dog picks me all the time when I’m on the floor her name is izzy and them she lays on her Bach for a belly rub so they are correct about that

  • Me:do you want to go out side?

    Dog:barks happily

    Me:TOO BAD

    Dog:*tail go’s left*


    Me again:ThErR We ArE OuT SiDe


    Me:great just great

  • When your dog’s tail goes on the left it doesn’t mean you need to run, plus if you run the dog will chase you and jump on you with an unbelievable force pushing your body backwards

  • Hi there i liked your video on running with the dog. I have embeded your video into my article.


  • My 8 year male dalmatian Denzil likes to hump blonde dogs male or female he’s not bothered, he’s a great partner but both of mine like to stay within sight in our country parks but are on lead on roads, great channel btw

  • my dog always brings my dad a toy when he gets home from work but one time she couldnt find a toy to give to him so she just brought him her brush

  • I remember when my dog escaped and a few minutes later he came back with a car bumper

    Yes, and entire car bumper with the license plate on it.

  • Hands free dog leads are not alaways suitable, dogs have triggers and could pull you into danger like a road or water, my 9kg small dog can really pull when he wants to. Although well trained, it’s not to guide dog standards

  • here’s another option that is more controlled and practicaland a sport of its ownits dog mushing for everyone, anywhere, anytime http://www.dogpoweredscooter.com

  • My dog got attacked by a German shep mix last night while we were jogging together. Teeth didn’t break his skin. Rather than carrying my buck knife, is there an effective less lethal way to protect yourself. i was really angry last night.

  • Human cant’t get traction in tennis shoes on grass. Give him a pair of cleats and have him assume the proper starting position lower to the ground. Then let them run 100 feet at least and maybe it should be done separately, so that the dog is not distracted.

  • it not competition its pack play..bonding… the only time you get competition is during food acquisition…..or attention from a pack leader

  • Wicked video! But just a doggy safety tip! The front clip harness you’re using in the video restricts the dogs shoulder movements! It can actually wind up doing a lot of damage with continued use ��

  • I think most dogs would be faster than most people. I once chased a dog chasing another dog. I couldn’t keep up and Im not slow either.

  • this mans an idiot lol he thinks he can out run a dog when its one of the fastest species on earth ( top 10 )
    humans arent even in the top 20

    and i got to say that dog is adorable

  • Worst Video I Have Seen
    Say Anything Want,swear at me,say something bad to me whatever idk if you say something bad to me dislike if you want but idk at all

  • you said april is 29 in dog years… exactly how did you calculate her “human equivalent age” how old is she actually because she is allready grey near her mouth?
    aside from the obvious things like the dog being playfull and not sprinting, even a PUG could beat usain bolt and this dude aint usain bolt (pugs have been recorded doing 50m in 5,5 seconds… usain bolt did it in 5.5 seconds
    I would also like to point out, a human will never brake/slow down befor passing the line whilst the dog is called toward someone at the line (the dog slows down to a standstill before the line)
    so for the dog you need to stand 10 meters (35 feet) past the line and just measure up till the line.
    David also cheated with the lying on his side… he had his arms planted whilst the dog has to twist her entire torso to get her feet underneath.
    Not cheating would also have resulted in capturing the different motions a human goes through to get their limbs under their body from a lying down position.
    it would have showed you that by the time david gets all 4 limbs planted and his torso off the ground, april would have had a giant lead.
    also, this time the dog is called up from infront of the line and you can clearly see the dog trying to match davids speed instead of going faster because she THINKS she needs to follow him.

  • For everyone wondering, april is a little older then 3. The 7 year conversion isn’t necessarily correct. Its kinda close buy its different per bread.