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Running With Your Dog

July 16, 2010

I’m considering bringing my black lab along on a run this weekend but haven’t run with her before. She has tons of energy and loves to run so I think she’ll enjoy the exercise and mental stimulation. I just don’t want either of us to get injured. So like all big decisions, I consulted the Internet. Runner’s World pointed me to The Dog Run for tips and advice.

Apparently, most dogs should be able to keep up with me because I only run around 3 miles at a 10- to 12-minute pace.

More advice from The Dog Run:

Keep your dog near you so the two of you aren’t hogging the entire track or trail and the leash isn’t creating a tripping hazard for others. If you’re running with a group, make sure he doesn’t run up on others, as clipping their heels could cause a fall. In fact, it’s often best to run between the dog and other people, since dogs sometimes veer off. If you’re on a road, run facing traffic with your dog on your left. Always leash your dog when running on a street or road.

Now I just need to pick a nearby trail or park and get going. If you have any other tips for running with your dog or know of a good place to run in Atlanta, post a comment.

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  1. Nikki permalink
    July 17, 2010 4:12 pm

    Downey and I jogged around Lullwater Park this morning. We had a great run and luckily it wasn’t too hot to enjoy ourselves. Downey was a little nervous around people which means she would slow down and turn around to see if the people we passed were following us. Unfortunately, this happened on every hill so it was even tougher to make it up the hills.

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