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Over the Labor Day weekend, we picked up a new addition to our family – Addie. You can see our current dog Meeka and Addie in the photo below. Meeka is six and Addie is about 18 weeks.

 

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Today, as the three of us were walking, running (jogging),walking, stopping, walking, stopping, untangling, jogging, repeat…it came to me that I have a few personal rules about running with dogs. My top three, in no particular order:

 

1.  The workout is for and about the dog. What this means is that if the dog is looking tired, hot, cold or otherwise uncomfortable – the workout ends. Sometimes I take them home and finish my own workout and sometimes I call it quits too. 

 

2. When working with a pup, workouts are about good manners and obedience. When I have a new puppy, “runs” are really more about the pup learning where to be so I don’t step on her feet or she doesn’t cause both of us to end up in a pile on the ground. Working with two dogs adds extra challenge, as you can imagine.

 

3. I’m the boss. I decide:

                a) who can and cannot approach the dogs.

                b) where every human and fur-person is located during a run. 

                c) when it’s time to stop and smell something or eat crabgrass.

                d) it’s not okay to pull on the leash.

                g) nearly everything…

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