20 In Daily Run

dog walking is an art

I assumed when we spent a fortune on our 4 legged creature that we were also investing into her running-on-a-leash skills. The breeder assured us that we should have no problem with her seeing how he ran her dad (103 lb chocolate lab) 3 miles every day. I had such high aspirations.

She really has improved, don’t get me wrong. And the other night she ran her fastest mile yet. But I’m starting to fear that her max-endurance is leveling off at 2 miles. It probably is just the heat though, so I’m anxious for cool weather to return! We’ve worked really hard with her so far, and it turns out she’s also worked pretty hard on us in return. Throughout her recent “training” with Adam and I, we have learned a few important lessons about taking your dog “on a run.” I would like to share those with you.

1. If you tell your dog you’re going to take them on a run/walk, you better stick to your word. Or else you will get these eyes…

and your heart will shatter into a million pieces and you will feel like the worst human being alive.

2. Always, Always, Always carry a plastic bag. In every pocket. Even if your dog has already pooped…they WILL poop again when you least expect it. And it will be in your neighbor’s yard and they WILL just happen to walk by their window mid-deed.

I about died when I saw this. Surely this does not exist in real life!

3. Lower your expectations. Don’t expect to run the pace you normally run, with your dog. Reason? Squirrel!

4. Either bring water with you, or try to run by a sprinkler, or a stray water fountain, or your neighbor’s garden hose, or their bird bath…

5. Be on high alert. High alert for what? For tripping and falling on your face, what else? No matter how trained your mutt is, they will at some point divert their attention for a split second and feel the need to cross behind or in front of you thus causing a dangerous entanglement. So maybe invest in wrist guards?


6. Remember that they have 4 legs to wear out, while we only have 2. It made sense in my head before I typed it.

7. Remember to give them continual praise. They need encouragement just like you do! And while you’re encouraging them, it will help you along as well!

8. If you don’t take them on a walk, their energy level will be something like this…

9. And after your run/walk, be ready for all parties involved to cease productivity for the night.

So there you have it. 9 lessons we’ve learned *so far* from this whole “running with your dog” thing. She’s at least 72 lbs now, so pretty soon I might be strapping a saddle on her back and riding her around the block instead.

Tonight’s run went pretty well. Truckee did GREAT for the first 2 miles, but mile 3 was pretty much a slow walk. This was a run for Truckee, and not me. And honestly, that just felt GOOD. It was peaceful, and quiet, and we weren’t pushing for a specific time. It’s always nice to have these kinds of runs every now and then. But, speed work tomorrow back at the gym for sure! Trucks will be happy to take a day off!

**I still need to review my new Garmin! I think I’ve finally figured out how to use all of its’ bells and whistles, which aren’t a ton (thank goodness). It’s pretty simple and self explanatory. Review coming soon!**

How does your dog do on a leash? Can you run your normal pace with them ever? Did you work up to it?


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    June 26, 2013 at 12:41 am

    This is a great article, I can relate so well! When I run with my dog I can keep up a good pace but we stop so often to poop or sniff or play in the creek that I don’t even track it anymore but it’s such great exercise for her that unless I’m training for a half or a big event I always take her.

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      Sweet Miles
      June 26, 2013 at 9:44 pm

      Robbie- So true! If I’m training for something and really want to reach a certain time, the dog definitely doesn’t help me accomplish those goals! She’s much more interested in smelling the grass πŸ™‚

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    Christine@ Apple of My Eye
    June 26, 2013 at 12:49 am

    Aww what a cute little girl! She’s doing her best πŸ™‚

    I love the video of the dog jumping at the door haha. If only I got that excited to go for a run!

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      Sweet Miles
      June 26, 2013 at 9:43 pm

      Christine- She’s ridiculous πŸ™‚ It’s hard to get so excited for a run when it’s so hot outside!

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    June 26, 2013 at 10:09 am

    I laughed out loud a few times! That bouncing boxer??? I have one of those, but he doesn’t bounce quite that high. I get the sad eyes and cries because he’s figured out what I’m doing when I’m up at 5am. Smart little guys!
    Loved your post! I too have a forerunner 10, pink, and I loooooove it! I’m not sure how I made it so long without it.

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      Sweet Miles
      June 26, 2013 at 9:42 pm

      Lisa- Oh I’m so glad! I thought it was hilarious!! Boxers are so cute too!! What a stinker, they’re so smart, and such creatures of habit!

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    Leslee @ Her Happy Balance
    June 26, 2013 at 10:38 am

    I don’t have a pup to take running with me sadly…one day though! And those sad eyes would definitely get to me too. It’s great that you got two good miles in πŸ™‚ I’m sure your pup appreciated the run! And I seriously hope the poop opps contraption doesn’t actually exist in real life hahaha

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      Sweet Miles
      June 26, 2013 at 9:41 pm

      Leslee- Thanks for the comment! I don’t know who appreciates it more…because we REALLY appreciate how tired she is when we get home πŸ™‚

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    Sara @ Fit.Fun.Femme
    June 26, 2013 at 10:40 am

    This is my favorite post of the week! Dog walking is absolutely an art, but I wouldn’t have it any other way.

    Rocky is not so jazzed about the Georgia heat and his thick fur coat doesn’t seem to help. In the winter he can run fast and far, but in the summer a slow 1.5 miles is all he has in him. I started doing a 1.5 mile loop, dropping him off at home and then continuing on.

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      Sweet Miles
      June 26, 2013 at 9:40 pm

      Sara- Aw yay! What a sweet compliment!! I do sometimes forget that she’s basically wearing a fur coat…I would die too! Good idea doing a loop, dropping him off, then keeping on!

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    Kelly @ KellyRunsforFood
    June 26, 2013 at 10:55 am

    Love this! I gave up on trying to run with my dog (she’s 12 years old). She makes it about one mile walking, then spends twice as much time panting and recovering.

    So true about the pooping when you least expect it, too. She always waits until about 5 cars drive by and I’ve forgotten a bag!

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      Sweet Miles
      June 26, 2013 at 9:39 pm

      Kelly- Yes! Cars do always seem to drive by right as it’s happening. And then you have to do the walk of shame and either act like you’re getting a bag or run away, ha!

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    Charlotte @ Commitness to Fitness
    June 26, 2013 at 11:48 am

    LOL omg that pic with the contraption on the dog for “no more oops” cracks me up. my dogs (and technically they’re my mom and step-dads dogs, but when i go back to visit i refer to them as my dogs so i will do the same here) are incapable of running on leashes. well, one is better than the other- but they’re both just interested in walking and get distracted sooo easily. if its hot, one of them will lie down in every puddle he sees to cool off. (not that i blame him)

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      Sweet Miles
      June 26, 2013 at 9:39 pm

      Charlotte- I mean if I found a puddle I could fit in, I might lie down too! What kinds of dogs are they??

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    Sarah (Shh...Fit Happens)
    June 26, 2013 at 4:13 pm

    Haha, cute post! I laughed at tripping over the dog, that always happens to me!! Or getting caught with the leash wrapped around a telephone pole b/w you and the dog!

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      Sweet Miles
      June 26, 2013 at 9:37 pm

      Sarah- haha yes!! That’s never good either!

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    Nikki @ run+breathe+be
    June 26, 2013 at 10:08 pm

    No dogs here, but our cats love getting a leash on and heading out for runs with us! Just kidding. Seriously though, thank you for promoting the “clean up after your dog” idea, it seems some of my neighbors need a reminder! Dodging doo-doo on a run is NOT a cross training activity.

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      Sweet Miles
      June 26, 2013 at 10:16 pm

      Nikki- HILARIOUS! If I ever saw someone running with their cats I would just die!

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    Abby @ Change of Pace
    June 26, 2013 at 10:38 pm

    Aw- love your running tips! I’d assume Truckee would be a great runner, too! Maybe he does just need cooler temps!
    That poop bag is just weird. I hope nobody subjects there dog to it!
    I think rule #5 is the most important for us! I’ve tripped over Harold SO many times!
    Sometimes he an awesome runner and can go for miles. Other days he wants to pee every five steps and change direction every few minutes!
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    Zoe Campos
    September 10, 2020 at 7:12 pm

    Thanks for reminding me that my dog also requires encouragement from me even if they’re too excited to run. I’m thinking that my puppy is old enough to be taken outside next weekend, but I’m still worried since this is his first time. It might also be a good idea to purchase the leather dog collar that I saw online with navy and cream colors.

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