Going for a run around the estate with your dog is the ultimate fun. Apart from running with your dog being part of bonding, you and your dog also get to cut some weight. The reason some dogs are obese is due to lack of exercise.
Despite your attempts to run with your dog, sadly you realize he hates running. When some of the tasks you could love to do with your dog turn out to be what he hates. The same can be frustrating.
As much as getting your dog to love running again might be hard. There is some level of importance when you at least try. The hopes of your dog getting to enjoy a run are not lost. Here is what you should do.
Visit a vet to check his health
Ruling out any underlying medical conditions is a good way to start. If your dog is older, joint problems are quite prevalent with older dogs. Therefore running might just be an uncomfortable exercise.
Also, your dog could be dealing with possible arthritis. Vets know what to look at. You should just trust them. After a thorough health check, you will know where your dog stands health-wise.
If your dog is sick, your vet will propose treatment to address the dog’s health issues. If the vet finds your dog to be healthy, then he might look into some other possible causes. The good news is, you will always leave the vet’s consultation room with a way forward.
Give your dog time to mature
If your dog is a puppy, making him run would be hurting him. At a very tender age, puppies’ bones are still developing. Therefore they can’t run on very hard surfaces. The question then you should ask yourself is how old is your dog.
A vet can help you know the right age for your dog to go for a run. Plates of larger breeds take time to seal up. Therefore if your puppy is large, you will have to wait a little longer to go on a run. Smaller dogs can run sooner because their plates get to seal fast.
Therefore the probability of your dog-hating a run could be due to age. If his bones are not mature enough, he is will hate to run.
Give him time, waiting eventually pays. You will eventually get a mature running mate who enjoys your running company.
Lower your pace and do short distances
A dog who just had his plates close up will hate to go on five miles run. Your dog might even sit down and refuse to move if you introduce him to very long distances.
Also, the pace in which you run might put him off. Don’t begin with sprinting. Make the running slow and ensure your dog can keep up. If you are too fast for your dog and he ends up tired, you have already given him a bad impression.
He will always associate running with exhaustion. Therefore every time you try to get him to run, he will show disinterest. Also, consider the size of your dog’s legs.
Dogs with shorter legs won’t like doing long distance and also running fast. Remember your human legs can’t run at the same pace as a Chihuahua. He will be slower and much behind. Run at a pace that pays attention to all factors which might affect your dog.
Also never forget to warm up. Don’t hit the road and immediately you are on the go. Some warm-up will prepare you dog of what lays ahead.
Make the warm-up fun, play, and move around with the dog. Make him look forward to the impending running exercise.
Be selective on where to run
The estate footpaths made of concrete might injure your dog. Remember you are in shoes and your dog is just with his paws. When paws hit the concrete severely as the dog jogs, he might be hurt.
If you go for a run once and your dog hurts his paws.
Next time you want to insinuate a run, he will not show interest. Your dog will grow hate towards running. Running on trails is the best solution.
Check on the available trails in your neighborhood and enquire about dog policy. If dogs can tag along, you now have your perfect running plan. Never forget to enquire about the presence of wild animals. You don’t want your dog to end up as a target of wild animals.
Getting all details beforehand is one way through which you get to take care of your dog. Running on trails gives the dog the park environment. He will enjoy nature and somehow get the ancestral experience he can’t get at home.
If your dog gets to love running on the trails, he will always be looking forward to the next run. Also always remember to use bug protection for you and your dog. If your dog ends up with bugs from his run. Also, such encounters build up a negative attitude towards running.
Avoid running in hot weather
Hot weather burns the surface hence making your dog uncomfortable when running. Soil like sand can be very hot to run on. Your dog’s paws will end up burnt hence making running uncomfortable. Also, dogs don’t sweat and with the fur covering them, running in hot weather is challenging for most dogs.
When your dog overheats, he is going to hate the running experience. Always cut some of your dog’s fur whenever the fur is too long. However, never go under the requisite height otherwise the dog will get sunburns.
If there are trees or shades along your running path, run under the shade. The shade will provide the dog with the right temperatures to run in. Notably, avoid going for a run when the sun is too hot. Midday sun is often the hottest.
Also if the weather is too hot, running can wait. You can find other indoor activities to do until the weather is favorable.