How To Get Your Dog Into the Holiday Spirit, from the Rotary Santa Run
Participating in a 5K with your pet is a fun time; just don't forget to make sure your dog is in shape for the race.
By: JRS MarCom
Just like humans, you have to start with where your four-legged friends are, fitness-wise
Watch your animal for signs of fatigue and adjust accordingly. Dogs are very loyal and will follow you for days if you let them. Listen to their breathing rate along the way, and if they are struggling for air or breathing loudly, slow your pace or walk it out to allow them to catch their breath. Be mindful of the heat and humidity, adjust the pace slower if need be, and bring water for you and the dog. Pay close attention to your dog's foot pads for signs of excessive wear and cracking, and avoid hot surfaces and trails with sharp rocks.
For most breeds, especially smaller dogs, walking is the perfect activity, while others prefer to run-walk or run. It also depends on the dog itself. Consult with your vet, as some breeds are better at distance running than others, and most are made to run for short durations or walk.
If you're looking for a great family and dog-friendly fun run, the Rotary Santa Run in Arlington Heights is a great first entry. Register for the Fun Run, taking place on 12/07 in downtown Arlington Heights. Click for more information including race day details and FAQ's.