running with a dog
The search facility on this website is as good as a chocolate teapot so apologises if this wasn't the best thread to blow the dust off.
It's very early days but me & my boyfriend are considering getting a dog if our house purchase goes through. An important part of owning a dog would to be able to take it on runs with me, for a companion for me and exercise for the dog.
I absolutely love Beagles. Does anyone know whether they make good running buddies? I know they like to follow their noses which could be a problem if they find a scent in the middle of a run!
I've never owned one but I wouldn't have thought they'd be ideal for the reason you mention - they quite often seem to be on the lead when I see them - you want a breed that is built for endurance and inclined to focus on its owner rather than everything else around it.
I’m a recreational ultramarathoner and triathlete and I recently launched a blog devoted to pet fitness news and information (www.varsityreportblog.com). We deal regularly with issues relating to running with dogs. Earlier today we published a post about canine thermoregulation and its implications when it comes to warm weather exercise. You all might want to check it out: http://www.varsityreportblog.com/2011/07/06/summertime-training-pt-1-canine-thermoregulation/
I agree that the main reason for dogs to become destructive is because they're bored and don't get exercised enough and end up with too much pent up energy, thus making them much harder to control when they're out. Most dog owners I know are responsible and put the required effort in, but with any group of people you do get those who like the idea of dog ownership much more than the reality.
I do wish mine (collie cross) had some healthy respect for horses and cows though, as she pads over to anything of any size to "say hello" and try to round everyone up...
I have wondered what she would do if I ever got attacked, whether she would try to 'protect' me somehow. She is normally mild mannered with a very even and happy temperament, so no idea what would happen, if...
I run with my 2 dogs, every other day. I do 40-50 mpw with them. One is a GSD x husky breed and the other a working line GSD. They wear harnesses and their leads are attached to my running belt, so I can run 'hands free'.
The things I like about running with my dogs:
This thread has been going for years... glad I found it!
My kids have been banging on at me for ages about getting a dog and I've always managed to sidestep them. But we do all love dogs and I reckon we can fit a dog into our lifestyle now, especially as I'm back running again and the dog could become my running buddy.
The kids and I like Jack Russels (amongst others) but I wonder what they're like on running? Are those legs just too short or what? I'm no racing snake myself but I reckon I'll be back to half marathons (my best time was 1.32 yonks ago) as my standard level soon, although I might just do the odd 20 (I really enjoyed the Worcester 20 where I was pleased to do 3.09) but usually it'll be the 5-10K distance for daily runs. Of course, part of the idea is for the kids (read "teenagers") to also get the dog out for walks themselves, as they've promised they will (we'll see eh?) so in theory the dog could be doing my runs and also walks with the teens so that would be its 'standard mileage'. But if I get injured (been there a few times) I don't want to have a dog that will go stir crazy without its miles...
So, any thoughts about a Jacko?
I used to run with a Yorkie; a surprising running partner but she used to eat the miles. I got worried that I was doing too much (up to 10 miles even on Exmoor) so did one lap, took her home and went to do another... she chased me up the road. She is now 14 years old and still likes to run but in her own time and at her own pace and only when she feels like it! I would say that Jack Russell's would be even more 'up for it'. In my experience terriers generally are as happy out there as curled up at home. From this I would say a Jack Russell would be perfect for the distance you describe, as long as you do not allow it to get overweight! (many are) Your vet would be able to advise a sensible weight. These days I can over do things with the Wiemeraner (a great running dog) but she is 11! But; she used to be a right pain if she did not get the distance she became used to...
I ran with a friend who brought a dog, which was OK when the dog was off lead, for the first mile, but at certain points it wasn't possible. Now I'm an animal lover but I have to admit after tripping over the lead and Dog so many times as he ran left and right, I was close to throwing him in the canal, never again!
It's down to training, my Shepherds have never tripped me up, Nemo adjusts his pace so he's always just ahead of me on his leash, young Charly is starting to get into running at 7 months but he's so obedient he runs free.
I got a Beagle called Fudge from the rescue centre about a month ago - he loves running - we do 6-10 miles at a fair pace and he bounds on without fatigue - he is attatched to me with a flexi lead but does not disturb my running - I got him specifically as a running partner - it was a good choice.
I run with my Staffy and he's great. All my runs are off-road so he's always off lead (unless I come across another dog on lead and then I clip him on too), we average around 9 min/ miles and he's more than happy doing 40 - 50 miles a week including long back to backs on a weekend.
Thanks everyone! This is really encouraging.
Sounds like one of the first things to buy the new dog will be a flexi-lead and a harness...
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