|This is when she was 8 weeks old.|
|She just turned 10 months old!|
week when she turned 9 months old. We aren't going further or more frequently until her growth plates are closed, which should be sometime in the next two months. I'm SO EXCITED to get to run with her more!
In anticipation, I have read everything I can find on the interwebs about dog fitness and running and training plans. It took about 5 minutes. Lest you think this exemplary of my poor googling skills, my skeptical boyfriend and friend also verified the surprising dearth of information. Where are all the runners obsessing about their dog's fitness and weekly mileage? Any information about their heart rates? Any horse people who spend countless hours monitoring and tracking their horses' fitness who also run with their dogs? There are lots of pooch-5k programs, but they all seem to focus on the human. What if Human already runs 40 miles per week?
|She does not like sleeping.|
My dog does not stop when she's tired. Even playing fetch, I've got to look out for her. So advice telling me to stop if she lags behind, or limps, is crap. That's like telling a runner to stop running if they snap a tendon. I mean, duh.
And, in that vein, where is all the dog-runner-specific merchandise???? Apparently the only thing anyone wants is a bungee leash that fastens around the runners waist? I don't know about you, but I choose my running gear carefully. I adjust if something chafes. I plan my nutrition and hydration. If I am asking my dog to run with me and I dictate our route, she deserves my attention to her comfort as well as mine.
|See? Cute picture.|
How did you train your dog to run? What kind of mileage do they do each week now? How fast do they go? How much does the temperature dictate how much they run? Is there anything you wish you could have for your dog?