May
05
2014

Factors to Consider When Running with Your Dog

Factors to Consider When Running with Your DogFactors to Consider When Running with Your Dog

As a dog owner, you have many safety factors to think about. Of course you want to consider your dog bite liability risk, depending on the temperament and health of your pet. However, another important factor for any dog owner is the safety of your dog.

Many people enjoy partnering with their dog to run. It’s beneficial for both you and your running partner; they are getting the exercise they need and you don’t have to worry about being alone on your run. But have you determined if your dog is fit for running? Are they healthy enough, do they have behavioral issues that might make them unsuitable for running? We’ve listed some tips below that may be good to follow before and during your first run with your pup.

Get your dog cleared by the vet. It’s always recommended that we get health checkups before starting a new exercise regime. This is no different for a dog. This type of wellness check could be especially important if your dog has led a fairly sedentary lifestyle up until now.

Know which breeds are best for running. Breeds with “flat” faces, such as English bulldogs, pugs, and more, are prone to respiratory and overheating issues, and could simply not be cut out for running. This is something that’s very important to talk to your vet about.

Start slow. If your dog isn’t used to being so active, it may be best to start with short, brisk walks at first, then slowly graduate to longer walks, and then running.

Have plenty of water for you and your dog. Consider purchasing a collapsible water bowl for your dog, this way it will be easy for you to simply pour water from your bottle into his bowl. Be especially aware of your water needs on hot days. Your dog can overheat much faster than you since they don’t sweat.

Be aware of your dog at all times. When running, it’s easy to lose track of whether your dog is right beside you, or is behind you by a few feet. Keep in mind that if something startles them while running, they may bite a passerby simply out of fear, leading to a costly dog bite liability claim for you. Also be aware if your dog is slowing down or beginning to limp. An injury is another reason dogs may bite.

At F.I.D.O., the Federation of Insured Dog Owners, Inc. ( F.I.D.O.), we understand how important your dog is to you, and how you would want to include your pet in as many activities as possible. F.I.D.O. now offers the Covered Canine Policy, an exclusive product and benefit for F.I.D.O. members only that specializes in Dog Bite Liability Insurance programs  that will protect you should your dog bite an individual and cause harm. It does not exclude any breed of dog and starts as low as $75 per dog, per year.

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