When I started running, I felt very self conscious. I think many people are in that situation. Fortunately, I had my dog – whenever I felt awkward about going for a run, I told myself I had to do it because Guinness needed the exercise. Thanks to him, I persisted and now we both enjoy a healthy pastime.
There are many reasons why dogs make the best running buddies. Here are some of the reasons I love running with Guinness.
My dog makes me feel safer. As a woman running alone, there are times when I feel a little vulnerable. I think that the sight of my big black Kelpie running beside me would make anyone think twice about hassling me.
2. Dogs are always ready.
Guinness is always ready to run. It doesn’t matter if it’s morning or evening, or if I’m going out for half an hour or two hours. I know I’ll have company.
3. Good company.
Have you ever gone for a run with a friend who talked a lot, and all you wanted to do was get lost in the silence of your thoughts? You’ll never have to worry about that with a dog. I often chat to Guinness while we’re out pounding the footpath, but if I fancy a quiet run, he’s happy with that too.
4. Dogs need to run!
Guinness is a working breed, and like many other working breeds, he needs to burn up his excess energy. Dogs that aren’t able to do this become destructive and unhappy. Running is good for his emotional health, as well as his physical health. As they say, a tired dog is a happy dog.
Are there any disadvantages to a four legged running partner? There are, and they all relate to the back end. It’s not pleasant to have to pick up poop and carry it with me while I run, but it’s necessary. I have a little plastic lined fanny pack and some small plastic bags with me at all times, so I can clean up after Guinness. Being a male, Guinness finds it absolutely essential to pee on anything that is vertical, whether it is a tree, a light pole, or a fence. This is frustrating.
The benefits of taking your dog for a run far outweigh the inconvenience, and your dog will love you for it. Why not give it a try?