You’re up nice and early for your pre-work run and you want to kill two birds with one stone and exercise your dog too. Everyone drives past the guy running with their dog and thinks ‘if only I could be bothered to go for runs more regularly, I could be that perfect picture’. But when you try and take your canine pal for a run, he either wants to stop and sniff everything you go past, or he’s downright lazy and wants to slowly stroll.
If you can train him to jog with you, you can get your run in and exercise your energetic dog at the same time. This is fantastic training if you’ve got a dog who never seems to run out of energy. While a 45-minute walk may not tire him out, a 45-minute run is guaranteed to leave him dozing for the rest of the day.
One of the best things about this training is it’s relatively easy. If you’ve got the energy to run, then you’ve definitely got the energy to get your dog jogging. Training is mainly about encouraging and motivating him to jog alongside you. While obedience commands are used to some extent, the main bulk of training will be incentivizing him to hit the tarmac. If he’s a puppy, he’ll probably be more than willing to jog already, and will just need his attention focused. He may respond to training in just a few days. If he’s older he may not be up for such a rigorous jog and it may take a couple of weeks to get him into his new hobby.
Get this training right and you’ll be able to keep him fit and healthy for years to come. You may even get some peace and quiet while he has his post-marathon nap.
Before you can whip him into shape, you’ll need a few things. A quiet place to train will be required, that’s free from the distractions of busy roads and other dogs. You’ll also need a short leash and a body harness.
Treats or his favorite food broken into small pieces will play a big role. Once you’ve collected all of that, just come with a can-do attitude and time to commit to training a few times a week and you can head to the start line.