Taking your dog running requires some planning before you hit the park or the pavement. With four extra legs to think about, it’s not as simple as your usual solitary sprint. However with a bit of preparation it can be a good way to bond with your dog and tire out high energy breeds – enough to give you an afternoon of peaceful sofa snoozing.
More and more runners are jogging with their dogs, and luckily that means companies are catching on and making specialised accessories. We’ve rounded up eight must-have products, designed to make the whole experience smoother for both sprinter and pooch.
TRAIL RUNNER BELT BY RUFFWEAR
Holding a lead in your hand can really throw off your running rhythm, so the first thing you’ll need is to detach your dog from your arm. This hands-free hip belt by Ruffwear lets you keep your canine under control, as well as stash treats and poo bags. It’s been designed not to bounce, and has reflective trim for late night runs.
Staying hydrated is key, especially in warm weather when dogs can easily overheat. H204K9’s water bottle is made in lightweight stainless steel, designed not to weigh you down, and comes with a canine cup – so you won’t have to get your hands wet. You can also choose from several cup colours, if you want to match with your running gear.
RIDGELINE LEASH BY RUFFWEAR
Get this lightweight, shock-absorbing lead in the longer length, pair with the trail runner belt and you can go completely hands-free on your run. Ruffwear specialises in strong and reliable accessories for outdoor dogs, and this is no exception – with a secure clip that can be attached one-handed, leaving you to run worry-free.
Running is high impact exercise, and pavements and rocky ground can be tough on dogs’ paws. So if you’re venturing into the depths of the countryside – or pounding the park on a hot day – this paw wax will add an extra layer of protection. It was originally used for sled dogs, giving your pooch the chance to enjoy some delusions of grandeur.
If a waist harness feels like overkill, this lead slips over the hand like a glove, letting you to keep your dog under control and still get your daily jog done. You can adjust the length, depending on how much slack you want, and reflective tape stitched down the centre keeps you visible late at night.
Dedicated runners who aren’t slowed down by rain, snow or rough terrain might want to invest in some dog booties. Aside from the cute factor, these weatherproof non-slip shoes help protect paws – something to bear in mind particularly during snowy weather, when salted roads can damage dogs’ pads.
Collars can put too much pressure on dogs’ necks if you’re going running with them, so it’s a good idea to invest in an alternative. This power harness leaves your pup room to take those big strides, and has been designed with optimum comfort in mind. It comes in a range of sizes as well, ready to fit even the tiniest of sprinters.
Giving your dog plenty to drink is an essential part of any run, making this collapsible bowl a handy addition to your running gear. Made from canvas, it’s lightweight, squashes flat when not in use, and can be clipped straight onto the lead.
Do you run with your dog? What are your must-have accessories? Tell us in the comments below!