Go Trail Running With Your Dog
Special Interest: Running
Breathe in that fresh open air! Trail running is a beautiful escape for you and your dog, but can be more strenuous than road running. It’s best to start out on a flat, dog-friendly trail away from bikers or other distractions. Your dog should always follow your lead on the trail (not the other way around). The best trail runs are in areas where dogs are permitted off leash, but have good recall on your dog. It may be necessary to reiterate impulse control and obedience to prevent your dog from running away after other animals, bikers, or runners. Keep an eye on your dog at all times – you don’t want your dog to injure himself by accidentely running off the beaten path down a steep cliff. Stay safe so you can actually enjoy your time out on the trails! If your dog gets tuckered out on the run, take a break and hike the rest of the trail back!
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Activities: Running, Trail Running
Items Needed: Water, Poop Bags, First Aid Kit, 6 Foot Non-Retractable Leash or Hands-Free Running Leash, Paw Protection or Booties, Other Appropriate Gear
Safety: Please consult your vet on running with your dog, especially if you have a puppy. You may also need to consult your own doctor to see if it is safe for you to run. Pay attention to your dog's abilities and start slow. Never run when it is too hot or cold outside. Remember to take small and steady water breaks to prevent bloat or water intoxication. And don't forget to check the paws! Watch your footing and steer clear of wild animals. Please follow leash laws and have good recall on your dog.
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