We know our nation loves pets and amongst the favourite are our furry four-legged running pals, dogs.
We take a look at how running with your canine friends can be both great, and not so great before you fetch your trainers and that dog lead.
Pros of Running with your Pooch
There are so many reasons why running with your dog is great, here are just a few.
1) Safety in numbers
If you don’t have a regular running pal, your dog will never let you down and we’re pretty sure they’ll be glad to head out with you no matter the time, place or weather.
They also offer good protection and might give you a confidence boost compared to running alone.
2) Light up your dog
If you’re out and about running in the dark and your dog is good off the lead, there are some great accessories you can buy for your dog that help light them up in the dark including flashing collars and even high vis. coats.
You’re less likely to loose them in the dark and other walkers or runners can see them approaching.
3) Feeling ruff?
Don’t worry if you’re not up for a run, taking the dog out for a walk can be equally as satisfying and help clear your head and give you a breath of fresh air.
4) Keep both of you hydrated
Your dog will get thirsty too. Remember if it’s a warm day to bring along a bottle of water for your dog to refuel if you stop for a break.
And whilst a few jelly babies in your pocket is good for a long run, grab some dog treats too (just don’t put them in the same pocket).
5) Perfect Match
Running with your dog is mutually beneficial, meaning you both get fit at the same time, lose weight and let’s face it, your dog is never going to say no to a run.
When you do finally get yourself out running, there is no better satisfaction than having tired legs and a snoozy dog that is worn out by your adventure before they’re ready to go again in the morning!
While there may be a lot of great reasons to get out there with your dog, there are a few things to bear in mind if you’re thinking about it.
1) My Pace or Paws?
Be careful if you venture out with your dog if they are a big sniffer.
Running with them on the end of the lead can be a great way to keep up your speed, but be mindful of the stop start habits when they pick up a scent.
2) Lead the way
As much as your lead means the dog won’t sprit off out of sight, it can be a big trip hazard.
So take care when keeping your dog by your side and try to keep them on a short lead, not one that may end up with you wrapped around a tree in a heap.
But remember if you’re feeling tired, they probably won't be, so a little pull on the lead will keep you going.
3) Mud, sweat and soggy ears!
Be prepared after your run with the dog to have muddy trainers, legs and most likely, a muddy dog.
Bring a towel not only for yourself but to clean and dry off the dog too.
4) Retrieve the right information
While many dogs are suitable for short runs, make sure you check whether your breed is OK to come along with you.
If you have any funny photos or stories to tell whilst out running with your dog make sure you share them with us on Twitter @Great_Run.
We’d love to see and hear your tails.