Let’s start off with a funny story. I have a German Shepherd name Izabell – aka, Izzy, Izzy Bear, or simply The Bear. She is quite large, weighing in at over 110 pounds. So she is definitely not a lap dog. I’m getting ready to run the other day, and I’m sitting in the floor and lacing up my shoes and she comes and sits on me. She doesn’t sit beside me, she sits ON me. Why? Because I hadn’t gotten her leash out yet and apparently she wasn’t letting me leave without taking her on my run with me. With this short and simple story, she has already proven my point that dogs for running partners are the best choice.
Running partners can be essential to successful running. You may not have a running partner, but I guarantee you that you can get one and they will become your best friend. Dogs for running partners are the best running partners you can possibly get.
I’ve grown up with dogs, yellow Labrador Retrievers to be specific. There is nothing quite like the love of a dog. We got our first fur babies when I was quite young and I have loved dogs ever since. Fast forward 22 years to when David and I brought home our Izzy Bear. We instantly fell in love and she’s been family ever since.
As you could tell with my first paragraph, Izzy goes with me on my weekday runs since those are shorter runs. Anymore mileage than that and it is not good for her hips. Keep distance in mind when you decide to take your fur baby with you! Anywhooo…..
So, why do Dogs for running partners change your run?
Accountability, y’all. You’ve been in a rut and you’re just not wanting to get up and get out to run. I get it. You like to run in the mornings, because a lot of times it is nice and cool plus it just gets that motor going for the day. The runner’s high is real, ya’ll. When your alarm goes off at 0 dark hundred your furry partner knows exactly what that means and will come tell you that it is time to get up. Plus, they get really excited, so for the first half mile before you settle into a steady pace, your run time will be killer.
After I had my son, I couldn’t run for awhile. When Izzy and I were able to start up again, we only had to go ONE time before she knew what was up. We went on a Monday, and on Tuesday when my alarm went off, I got a cold nose right in my face and her tail beating the wall behind her. Totally not a morning person, but that made me laugh and out the door we went.
She is a goober and she is so afraid I’m going to leave her, that she will not even take her morning constitutional until we are on the road somewhere. Yeah… It happens. She definitely keeps me accountable and I love it. (below is her “you haven’t run yet” face. ha!)
Dogs Provide Protection, Even Without Realizing It
Running for women can get dangerous if you are not careful. You must be safe! Chances are, if you have your companion with you, the bad guys are going to stay away.
Case and point- Izzy and I were out running one morning, this was even before she was full grown and she was half the size of her 110 lb self now. Anyway, we’re out in early morning, sun is just peeking over the horizon and I see that we are approaching an individual that made my radar go off. I’m not really paranoid, but it was early morning. Early enough that the people out at that time of morning are runners, cyclists, nurses just getting off of work, folks that have to be at work WAY too early, & creepers.
As we get closer, the person crosses the boulevard then crossed back over the road and went the OPPOSITE direction from us. Izzy wasn’t vicious, didn’t growl or bark or anything, but she for sure saw him. She tensed and changed her running pattern so that she would have been between me and the person should they have not crossed the road. Izzy kept her eye on him the entire time, even after he had crossed the road. Who knows if that person was a creeper or not, but point is, Izzy didn’t trust him so neither did I!
Speaking of protection, when you’re running with your four legged buddy, it’s essential that we keep their neck protected. One thing that your dog should have is a harness. You can grab them very easily on Amazon for around $15. You get the best in running and workout shoes, right? Same goes for your running partner, he or she needs to to have their neck protected so grab them a harness on Amazon.
Dogs are some of the best listeners. They can’t speak English, but I guarantee you that they understand you and they feel for you. There’s nothing quite like a giant puppy dog plopping their head down in your lap when you’re sad. Or running down the road with you while the sun stretches her rays up and over the horizon to say good morning. Your dog doesn’t care that you haven’t washed your hair in 3 days, or that you stink when you’re done working out. They run beside you and listen to your stories, your rants, your laughter, or they simply let you just run in the quiet because sometimes quiet is exactly what we need.
You will never go wrong with having a dog as a running buddy. Dogs are the best running partners because let’s face it, a cat isn’t going to go running with you.
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