Running with two dogs can be challenging and a little tricky since you have two furry friends who want to sniff and explore, plus they may have different speeds! While it may seem like it’s best to leave one behind, with proper equipment, training, and planning, running with two dogs is viable.
This blog post provides 5 tips for running with two dogs so that the three of you can have a good time together.
1. Both Dogs Must
Be Obedient and Have Mastered Their Basics
Firstly, both dogs must be obedient and have mastered their basics. That includes loose-leash training, sit, stay, leave it, stop, changing directions, slowing down, and speeding up.
If your dogs aren’t properly trained, it will be hard to keep them running alongside you without getting distracted by other smells or people. And as you can imagine, it can lead to all sorts of trouble if one decides to run off in the opposite direction or pull towards other dogs or animals they want to chase.
2. Both Dogs Must Have
Comparable Fitness Levels
You don’t want one of your dogs to run faster, and another one can’t keep up! That also means choosing which breed to run with matters.
If one dog is smaller, like a Pug, and another one is a large breed, say, a Golden Retriever, the run will be too challenging for the little guy. The smaller dog won’t enjoy it since they will have trouble keeping up with the big dog.
Don’t get me wrong. I’m not saying you have to run with two exact same breeds. But at least, make sure both dogs have similar energy and fitness levels. If one is full of energy, while the other seems lethargic after running short distances, they will not be a good match.
It’s also important that both dogs enjoy being around each other and feel comfortable running together.
Prepare Your Dogs for the Runs
Ok, so figuring out the breed and both dogs’ energy level is crucial, but that’s not all.
One thing you need to think about before starting your run with two dogs is how they will behave while running together as a team. This also means you would want to figure out which side they will run in, then practice to get them used to walking or running in that position.
Now, you might wonder if you should let your dogs jog in front, behind, the same side, or on each side of you? The one way that seems to work well for most people is to have their dogs running on each side. However, it really depends on your preference, how your canines are trained, and what’s comfortable for them.
4. Use the
Right Geart and Equipment
A dog leash is one of the must-have gear. And sure, you can use the traditional type of lead for running with your canine friends. However, I find that using a hands-free leash and a waist belt is more suitable to jog with my running partner, and that’s, in fact, what most dog lovers prefer to use.
It not only is easier for you since you don’t have to hold anything in hand, but it can also help you run in your most natural motion. If you decide to use hands-free dog leashes, choose the one that contains a bungee cord to help protect your waist from sudden jolts.
How about retractable leashes? I personally wouldn’t advise you to use one. Remember, retractable leashes are not designed for runners as they can cause burns and severe cuts if you accidentally grab the tape while your canine companion is running at high speed.
Most dog owners think that running with two dogs will surely need two dog leashes. However, this isn’t always the case. If you let both your pooches run on the same side, then one dog leash is enough as long as you have a coupler. It essentially is a leash splitter that splits into two shorter leashes with clips for each dog running harness.
It would also be wise to invest in paw-friendly dog boots! This can prevent your running buddy from slipping and protect their feet from rocks, debris, and other sharp objects on the trails.
5. What is the
Weather Both You and Your Dogs Will be Running in?
You would also need to be mindful of the time of year and the kind of weather conditions you might encounter when out on the run, so you know what you and your dogs should be wearing.
If you are running with your pups in winter and especially if it is frigid cold outside, they will need an extra layer of protection like dog coats to protect them against the temperature and elements like snow, rain, sleet, and windchill.
In the summertime, consider running with your dog during non-peak heat hours or when it will be cooler outside. This way, your pup will be less likely to overheat, and you will get a good, long run in. If you are going to jog or walk with them at night or early morning hours, make sure that the gear your four-legged runners wear has reflective materials so others can see them on the street.
I know the above seems obvious, but you will be surprised how many people go running with their dogs without checking their local weather forecast.
Running with more than one dog or multiple dogs can be very rewarding for both the human runner and their canine running partners. And while it does bring its own unique set of challenges and is definitely not as easy as running with one dog, it is totally achievable with proper planning and preparations!