Looking for a running partner? If you have a dog, look no further. Running with your dog can be a great venture: you get a loyal running partner, and the exercise offers the same benefits to your pet as it does for you: tones muscles, helps prevent too much weight gain, strengthens the heart and bones, improves sleep, mood and mental alertness. And just as important, being outdoors also provides opportunities for your pet for socializing with other dogs in the neighborhood (if you're concerned about fleas and such, there's Frontline Plus).
Some tips when running with your dog:
Warm up and start slow. If your dog is new to this routine, better have him checked by the vet to make sure he's old enough/still young enough and fit enough to run with you. Start with short runs and gradually build up as he gets used to the routine.
Keep your dog on a leash. A traffic leash about 1 1/2 to 3 feet long enables you to have better control.
Watch for signs of discomfort. Watch for excessive panting, increased salivation and other signs of overheating. Bring enough water and allow for water and toilet breaks.
Check for pad wear. Your dog's feet will toughen up as he gets used to running, but this may take some time. If you notice tenderness, raw spots or bleeding, bring him to a vet.
Paw Rescue has more tips on jogging with your dogs.