Training With Your Dog For A Successful Holiday Fun Run, from the Rotary Santa Run
Running with your dog is a fun way to spend time together and helps keep both of you in shape. Plus, having a running buddy can be an important source of motivation.
By: JRS MarCom
The Right Breed and Age to Start Fun Running
Before you start your training program, make sure your dog is suited to long-distance running. For example, brachycephalic dogs (those with short muzzles), like Bulldogs or Pugs, should only sprint for short distances. Also, be aware that running is not safe for puppies, as their bones are still growing. For most breeds, wait until the dog is about a year and a half old.
Even within breeds, every dog has its own personality, and some will take to running more than others. Consider your dog's temperament, research its breed, and take your pupper to the veterinarian for a physical checkup to ensure that this is a safe activity.
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Once you are comfortable with your dog as a running partner, it's time to select a race that is dog friendly. Make sure before you register that the race you are planning allows pets. The Santa Run, sponsored by the Rotary Club of Arlington Heights, is a fun race to participant with your dog. Registrants receive a five-piece Santa suit. The race is a competitive chip-timed fun run, offering run/walk options at distances of 5K and 1 mile, along with a holiday-themed Reindeer Run for kids. Register for the Rotary Santa Run before midnight on 10/31 and save on the registration fee.