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Should I Run Or Walk My Dog?

Well, that is a question that can only be answered once all factors are considered about the dog in question, therefore I’ll use Alex and her canine buddies as examples.

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Until early last year, I used to get Alex to run once or twice a week, but I stopped because the walks we take every day seem to be enough for her, and because a couple of months ago she started to limp while we were walking.  I took her to the vet and she was given medication she has to take every day plus a lot of rest for a couple of weeks.  Now she is back to her usual self, but she’ll go for a follow-up with the vet next week.  What I do, since a lot of dogs have never run next to a bike, is get Alex to jog next to the bike I am riding for 1 minute or less.  Why?  I want the other dogs to see what she is doing and mimic that behavior.  Now, should Alex run or walk?  She should walk because she is a senior dog and she was already limping while walking with me.  By the way, this is how Alex and Dexter looked on Saturday, after a good run early in the morning.

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Sarris, unlike Alex, can run without a problem, but Sarris is also a younger dog.  I got her to run/jog for about 10 minutes, and after that we walked home.  She did not have a problem with the bike.  Actually, she seemed to enjoy running alongside me.  Should you run or walk Sarris?  Well, I think she should run 2 to 3 times a week and walk the rest of the week because she is an active young dog.

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Of course, they need a comfortable bed to rest after exercising so here they are, L – R, Dexter, Alex, and Sarris.  They were all ready for a nap.

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Dexter, the handsome boy all the way to the right, is about 2 1/2 years old and he is full of energy, therefore he can easily run every other day without a problem.  His mom told me that he did not like bikes, so I was really surprised when after walking with him for 5 minutes he had no problem at all running alongside my bike.  I was so happy and after a couple of minutes he tried to run fast, but I had to slow down because he is very strong and I did not want him to over do it.  We kept up a pretty nice pace, but we did not go fast.  Yes, Dexter should definitely run a few times a week.

Every dog is different and if you decide to try going for a run with your dog, please make sure to consider the following:

  • Age, weight, breed, and health of the dog – If unsure, talk to the vet
  • Weather – I go for a run early in the morning, 6am during the Summer
  • Distance – Do not make your dog run for more than 5 – 10 minutes at the beginning and increase the time little by little
  • At the beginning, try walking your dog next to the bike – Some dogs hate bikes
  • Always, after every run, check his pads to make sure they are not damaged

These are just a few suggestions to consider before taking your dog for a run.  Remember that going for a run with your dog is supposed to be enjoyable and good for both, you and your dog.  What do you do with your dog to help him burn some energy?

Yes, Dogs Also Get Cold

My girl, Alex, and Sienna, both seem to get cold very easy.  Whenever they are cold, they look directly at me or Cynthia as if to say, “I am cold”, and this is our cue for us to bundle up both of them.

Sienna wrapped in a blanket

Sienna wrapped in a blanket

Sienna loves when we wrap her in a blanket.  If you decide to do this with your dog, make sure not to wrap her too tight.

Sienna, wrapped up in a blanket like a burrito?

Sienna, wrapped up in a blanket like a burrito?

Burrito?  Now I am getting hungry.

Sienna asleep

Sienna asleep

I guess Sienna got tired of posing and decided to take a nap.

Sienna and Alex

Sienna and Alex

What I’ve noticed with dogs is that those dogs that have very short hair like Sienna and Alex do tend to get cold very easy.  People without pets usually ask, “Why make a dog wear a sweater?  They don’t get cold”.  That is not true, specially for those dogs with short hair like my two girls on the above picture.  If your dog is shivering, and you are outside with her on a cold day, believe me, chances are that she is really cold, not just cold.  A lot of dogs do not like to wear sweaters, like my Alex, but I make her wear it anyway because the minute we stop walking she shivers a lot.  Take your dog for a walk, but make sure you outfit her properly during this time of the year.

Please, Put Your Dog on a Leash

Today, as usual, I went out walking with Alex and Kingston, but we stayed close to home, meaning within a good 20 minute walk from home, because it looked as if it was about to rain.  Both of them were eager to go for a walk, yes, even my Alex, so we got our gear on: brushes, bags, extra leash, etc., and headed out the door.  We were walking for about 15 minutes when out of nowhere this beautiful long-haired dachshund comes running towards us at full speed barking as if there was a fire nearby and he needed to alert everybody.  I immediately stopped and both, Alex and Kingston, stopped as well.  Neither one of them pulled or tried to lunge at this little dog.  Instead while the little dachshund was still in a barking frenzy, they both looked at each other and then at the dog that was making all this noise as if saying, “What is wrong with you?  Why are you barking so much and so loud?”  They were both quite curious and I think even amused about this little guy.  At that moment, I hear a guy saying, “Sorry, that’s my dog.  Don’t worry, he does not bite”.  When the guy finally picked him up he said, “His name is JZ, sorry”.  I told him, “It’s a good thing that both my dogs are laid-back and not aggressive, but if your dog were to approach another dog in the way that he did, barking and running at full speed towards them, he’d have been bitten because that crazy energy in their world is not balanced nor accepted.  Please, be careful with your dog and put a leash on him”.  He then explained to me that his dog is never without a leash, but that this time he, an escape artist, got out of the car so fast that he was not able to do anything except run after him.  We said good bye and I kept walking with Alex and Kingston.

Please, pet parents, put a leash on your dog.  It’s not only for your dog’s safety, but for other’s as well.  Your dog can get run over by a car, bite another dog, or a person, and may be even cause a traffic accident.  Unless you know you have total control over your dog, like some people do, please protect your dog and put him on a leash.  Take the time to train your dog so when you open the door he does not bolt out like a crazy canine, but rather waits for your signal that it’s ok to come out.

When I put Alex and Kingston on the back of my CRV, the one that is a little crazy is my daughter Alex, but Kingston just patiently waits for me to tell him, “Out”.  Because of that, I have to wait until Alex comes down otherwise she’ll run out the door and get hurt.  I make both of them sit down so I can put their leash on and once I’ve accomplished that, then, and only then they are allowed out of the car.  They both already know the drill, but Alex sometimes takes a little longer to settle down.  My daughter suffers of selective hearing so is up to me to make sure that when she steps out the door is when I allow her to do so.

Protect your canine companions.  It’s up to you to make sure that they don’t get hurt and that they do not harm others.  Let’s be responsible about our dogs regardless of the breed and size.