Consider the surfaces you plan on running on. Your first run should ideally be planned on a soft surface such as a sporting oval in case of a few spills and tangles; and until you get the hang of it together.
Although dogs have much tougher feet than us, their pads can be easily injured by hot surfaces. Pavements, asphalt, wood metal and sand all absorb heat from the sun and retain it for hours afterwards – even after the sun has gone down. If you do need to run on these surfaces, consider doing so in the mornings or evenings when the temperature and the ground is coller. This is particularly important during the Summer months.
It is a good idea to get your dog used to you feeling and checking their feet so that you can periodically check your pets pads during a run. It is best to do this periodically rather than running non stop in case of injury. Running on hard surfaces can damage a puppy's/dog's joints and bones that haven't fully formed yet. Running on dirt trails or grass will be easier on your dog's joints and paws than running on the footpath or asphalt. The same goes for your own joints! Plus, your dog will enjoy the natural sights, smells, and sounds - perhaps more so than the pavement in your neighbourhood.
Refer to our recommended equipment to see what type of hands-free lead and harness will suit you and your dog best. It is best to have different equipment for when your dog is heading out for a walk vs. going for a run because they will know instinctively what job you're about to get them to do - and they'll love it! A good quality harness will also ensure your dogs mobility is not restricted and it wont cause chafing. Instead of carrying supplies for your dog, you may wish to choose a harness with an attachable 'dog pack' so that they can do the job for you!
We also list other essential items that assist both humans and canine's during your runs such as a paw barrier wax that forms a breathable bond with your dog's paws (to help protect them if you head out on tough surfaces), compostable poop bags and awesome night gear and much more.
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