Updated: Jun 13, 2021
If you're like many people, you love running or walking with your pup, especially once the weather starts getting nice again and that gorgeous sunshine re-appears after a soggy winter here on the North Island!
With summer just around the bend, I thought I'd share some tips on how to safely go for a run with your fur-kid in the summertime.
Tip #1 - Remember not all breeds of pups are made for enjoying a great cardio workout, so be sure to do your homework beforehand and if you're not sure if Fido is fit enough to join your cardio routine, be sure to reach out to your vet to get the a-okay first.
Tip #2 - Start out slow and easy. Not unlike us humans, furkids need to start out slow and gradually increase their cardio, especially if they don't normally have it as part of their routine.
Tip #3 - Always keep your fur-kid to one side of you (and on leash) while you're out for your run. Personally, I prefer having Ozzy on the side furthest from any vehicles just in case.
Tip #4 - Keep hydrated. Both you and Fido need to keep well hydrated especially in the heat. So don't forget to take 5 to stop for a water break for both of you along your cardio route!
Tip #5 - Check the weather. Remember to touch the concrete before you let Fido run on it. If it hurts your hands it's too hot for their feet to run on. Also, watch things like the humidity levels and the heat. Conversely in winter, be sure to watch for conditions being too cold that will also hurt their paws. Usually, the best times of day in summer to go for a cardio run with your furkids is early in the morning before the sun gets too hot or conversely, in the evening after the sun goes down and it starts to cool off outside.
Tip #6 - Don't skip the warm-up. You and Fido both need a great warm-up routine before going for a great cardio run! A great warm-up with not only help Fido physically but will help get them into the workout mindset before you get going on your run.
Tip #7 - Protect their paws with either booties (if they'll allow it) or by picking a softer terrain if possible and find a good paw balm to apply when needed.
Tip #8 - Fido's muscles get sore too. We're not the only ones who feel achy some days after a really great workout. Watch for signs that Fido's might be achey too and if they are be sure to let them rest, just like you would.
Tip #9 - If Fido's still exuberant even after a great workout, maybe try working out his brain as well into your routine!
Tip #10 - Have fun and enjoy the run!