I used to run quite often..almost daily up to 10 miles or so a day..loved it. I was on the cross country team in high school and kept it up in college as well so it just became a habit.
I was also in the Army Reserve and basic training kind of kept me into it as well...
until the past few years...with working long hours and such I've been slacking..so i've started trying to make myself get back into it. When I was running daily many years ago in high school I always took my parents dog..she was a pit bull/catahoula mix and that dog could run for miles..she was an excellent running partner.
I tried taking Vega out with me the other day and perhaps it's just conditioning because he ran in short bursts but long distance is not his thing and I was not going to make him run more than he could handle. We stopped..got some water and walked the rest of the way.
He also needs to learn manners when running. I think he's wasting energy being too bouncy...he's a very bouncy boy! He likes to almost kind of hop/leap right next to me instead of just jogging..I guess this comes with time.
He does perfect off leash but around the neighborhood it wouldn't be safe. When we go to open fields and run I always let him off leash and he runs at his own pace but stays near me perfectly... I think this just means I need to live right on a beach so we can go running every morning..(that would be nice!).
Anyway...sorry for the lengthy post but do any of you run with your spoos? I usually take Pandora..my German Shepherd with me.. I'm convinced even I can't tire her out. She's a great running partner but she likes to bark/growl at every dog she sees..she's not really mean just vocal and tries to "protect" me on runs from everyone so I don't enjoy runs as much if she's with me and would prefer to take Vega.
Dodger is a couch potato and only prefers running with or after other dogs..i tried jogging with her but she just didn't enjoy it as much as a nice walk and i'm not going to force it on any of my dogs unless they seem to really enjoy doing it with me. I want this to be a fun activity and I think Vega really loves it he just burns all of his energy out at once if that makes sense.
Also...on a semi related note..how many of you have trained your dog to use a treadmill? My parents dog the pit bull mix used to use one. After I moved out they needed some way to give her the exercise she needed once I wasn't there to take her for her runs and she learned to LOVE the treadmill. I have a video of her somewhere where she would stand on the treadmill and start barking at it when she wanted it to start moving... lol
I have a treadmill but I got it many many years ago and I remember spending a small fortune on it and would rather not use it on my dogs. I think they would enjoy one though..maybe it will be a future purchase from craigslist or something if I can find a good sturdy one for a really good price.
Anyway, let me know your thoughts..if you read this far.