Tips for running with dogs | Health & Fitness |

To maximize health, safety and fun, dog trainer Jill Freifeld of Happy Hound Pet Care in Silver Spring offers these suggestions:

Read: Running with dogs: 5Ks and canines

●Have your dog checked by your veterinarian to be sure it’s fit and healthy enough to run.

●Puppies should not run long distances while their bodies are still developing; it could stress their joints and damage forming bones. Older dogs with any physical limitations that make running painful or unsafe also should not run (again, check with your vet).

● Take your dog’s breed into account; smaller dogs and brachycephalic dogs (those with short noses and pushed-in faces) will tire more quickly than larger dogs and those bred to hunt or herd.

●To avoid accidentally yanking on your dog’s neck and to maximize comfort, try a harness rather than a collar.

Via Peter Mellow