Jog with your dog

Women's Health Australia - - DISCUSS -

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”.

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