10 things that will make running with your dog easier
Running is fun, but it's better with a buddy.
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For those who actually like to run, outdoor workouts are pretty fun. But do you know what can make them even better? Having an adorable, energetic pup at your side while you log those miles.
If your dog is trained and in good running shape*, the right products can make for even better runs between dogs and their humans. When you take your pooch out for a jog, it’s important to think of some key things: a reliable leash that will keep your pup secure, water, treats, and visibility—especially when it's dark or foggy.
These products will help you have a safe and rewarding run with your dog. You’ll both get a workout, fresh air, and a chance to spend a little more time with your best friend in the whole world.
*Please be sure to check with your vet before hitting the pavement.
1. A leash with hand-held or waist-worn options
A dependable hand-held leash is a good option during a run, but it’s nice to be able to switch to wearing it at the waist if that feels better to you and your dog. This Amazon best-seller features tough material, a comfort handle, and a sturdy “talon clip” that adds extra security for worry-free runs with your pup. There are also 10 fun colors and patterns to choose from, so you can match your leash to your other gear.
2. A sturdy harness that’s comfortable for your dog
A trustworthy harness is another must for your running buddy, and this best-seller made for large dogs certainly fits the bill. It has snaps with a locking feature, buckles, and a no-pull design so your pup can run in comfort.
3. A set of lights so you and your canine companion can be more visible
For those evening runs or even a quick walk around the block, it’s imperative to be visible to cars and passerby. You can easily attach one of these six lights to your dog’s collar, providing LED light that can be seen for more than a half mile. Plus, they have four settings, so you can choose a flashing light or one that holds steady.
4. A bottle that comes with a water bowl
If you alway bring a water bottle on your runs, why not bring a bowl for your furry friend too? This inventive water bottle allows for you to take a swig, then you can pour the water into a detachable bowl for your dog to get some refreshment too. Now both of you can get the H2O you need during your workouts.
5. A fluorescent, see-me-in-the-dark vest for your dog
There's no such thing as being too easy to see at night, so in addition to the collar light you may want to invest in a reflective, brightly colored vest. This one, available in green or orange, comes in three sizes and is made of a breathable, lightweight material, so it will keep your dog cool and comfortable on your runs. You’ll both be a lot more visible with this vest.
6. A bag of energizing treats for your little runner
During your long runs, you’ve likely stopped to have some nutrition along the way, nibbling on a PowerBar or Bloks or something similar. If you're hungry and need more energy, chances are you dog could use a snack too. Stock up on the canine equivalent for your dog, Zuke’s PowerBones dog treats, a cult favorite among those who run with their dogs. They’re packed with protein and superfoods that will keep his stamina up and serve as a tasty reward when he's an extra good boy. They come in beef, chicken, and peanut butter flavors.
7. A set of dog boots to protect sensitive paws
Although barefoot running is a trend among humans, your dog shouldn’t go “bare-pawed” on especially chilly or hot days, or on rough surfaces. These paw-protecting boots are easy to put on thanks to Velcro straps that are also reflective, and they’ll shield your dog’s pads from extreme temperatures and injury-causing objects.
8. A jacket for your dog at a great price
When the temperatures drop and rain is in the forecast, don’t skip your run with Fido—outfit him in a warm jacket instead. It keeps the elements out and warmth in with water-resistant fabric and a fleece lining, and the price is right for this quality, highly-rated jacket—only $4.95 for a small and $5.95 for medium. Your pup will be glad to not be cooped up indoors.
9. A dog backpack for treats and other essentials
For any run, there are always those extras you need to bring: treats, water, sunblock (for you), a backup pair of socks, etc. Your dog can carry those must-have items in his very own backpack. This adjustable pack is lightweight, comfortable, and has four zip-up pockets for storage.
10. A poop bag holder that snaps onto leash
Bags can be a difficult thing to bring on runs, but they’re also necessary if you want to bring your dog along too. You’ll no doubt want to do your part to keep the parks, trails, and neighborhoods where you run clean. This attachment for your leash makes it effortless to take along the bags you need without the hassle of figuring out where to store them.
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