Have you also spotted a lot more runners lately? That could be right! Because gyms and sports clubs had to close their doors, more and more people are discovering that running on their own is a perfect alternative. In April 2020, the ASICS Runkeeper app saw a whopping 464 percent increase in registrations in the Netherlands. The number of active users also increased by 75 percent. And the dog? With these 3 tips he can just join in!
Tip 1: start slowly
Build a training schedule in small steps. That is not only a wise thing to do for yourself, but also for your four-legged friend. Learn about the dog breed and find out what your loyal companion can handle. Some dogs are naturally built to run long distances. For example, a Parson Russell Terrier can run for miles, while the average greyhound prefers a short sprint. Don’t let the enthusiasm of puppies guide you either; they are usually only ready for a run when they are fully grown. And note: older dogs may not show it, but they tire more quickly than a young dog.
Tip 2: Keep your dog on a leash
Of course you want to prevent your dog from running while you are trying to catch your breath. Teach your dog to run together – so stay close. After a while your dog will learn to match to your running pace. The Jogging Leash from EQDOG is perfect for running together. This flexible dog leash is worn around the waist (but can also be worn over the shoulder) and it stretches when pulled. For example, it goes from 210 cm up to 300 cm when it is completely stretched. The belt is super light and soft to the touch, but has an extremely strong core and is shock absorbing. Also handy: with the safety handle you can always keep your dog close by in tricky situations.
Tip 3: Hydrate
Dogs are more likely to experience dehydration than exhaustion during exercise. So make sure you always have enough to drink for your dog. The Travel Bowl by EQDOG is a handy, extremely light and foldable water bowl for dogs. You can easily put that (folded) container of 70 grams and 12 cm wide in your pocket and you can put it down at any time to hydrate your loyal running buddy.
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