Love running! Love your dog! Go running with your dog? 5 things you should keep in mind
Carmen Goodwin of Auckland Therapeutic and Sports Massage is a massage therapist of the human kind who loves her running, almost as much as she loves her dog. Here is what she recommends you keep in mind before you take your pooch for a jog.
1) The breed
Some dogs do have an easier time to breathe well, than others. Flat nosed dogs often struggle to breathe efficiently enough to be taken for a run. Some dogs on the other hand have a grand heritage of running, chasing and fetching. Much like some humans can't stop running, others would not be seen in the dead of night in their active wear!
2 ) Hydration
When we humans go for a run, of course we make sure we are properly hydrated by having plenty to drink before, during and after your run. It is important to drink before you get thirsty. The same applies to your dog. Hydration is key, so make sure you are somewhere with plenty of water stops, so your dog can drink when he or she needs to.
3 ) Warm up and pace
When you start on your run, you want to give your body a chance to get your circulation going. This is both essential to prevent injury and to slowly increase your heart rate . Yup, you guessed it - exactly the same for your dog. Slowly does it, picking up pace only after the first 5 or 10 minutes of a gentle jog. It is easy to get carried away, but remember to run together - not drag each other along.
4) Stretch and recover
When you are finished with your run, enjoy the wind down. Have a stretch while your muscles are warmed up, let your heart rate settle and give yourself a pat on the back. And while you're there, why not do the same for your four legged friend? Give your companion a big heartfelt hug and enjoy those endorphins together.
5) Have a massage
Regular running will build up condition in your muscles, increase your cardio vascular fitness and help you sleep better. Making time for a regular massage will not only aid your muscles' recovery, it also provides some valuable downtime to fully relax and mentally wind down. You know that face of pure joy on your dogs face, when they have a massage ? Well guess what....
Carmen Goodwin is the principal therapist at Auckland Therapeutic and Sports Massage with more than 16 years of experience. The clinic team offer expert treatments for elite athletes, to weekend warriors as well as sports teams and age group competitors. Book online today with the code Canine in the booking to get a 15% discount on your first treatment.