Jog with your dog
Pups can be the perfect workout buddy – assuming they can keep up and don’t run you off course. These tips from LA Dog Jogger founder Bob Wilcox could turn a Shih tzu into a track star!
1 DOWNPLAY THE EXCITEMENT
Your pal will naturally be pumped up to run – egging them on in your puppy voice only makes them crazier. Have them sit or lie down before heading out (and mid-run, if needed) to reinforce good behaviour and prevent pulling.
2 DEVELOP AN AEROBIC FOUNDATION
Just like us, dogs need a base before tackling long or fast runs. Start with two 30-minute runs a week, then add 15 minutes every few weeks, at a pace that keeps them beside you.
3 GET A GROUP TOGETHER
Is your pup easily distracted or a bit aggro? Plan a run with friends and their furry ones. Dogs like being part of a pack and “it lowers their fight-or-flight response, making them less reactive”.