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Do you have a problem motivating your dog to run with you?
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Do you struggle motivating your dog to run with you? Your dog loves to run as fast as they can. They have tonnes of stamina and energy – but as soon as you put them on the leash and attempt to take them for a run, they’re uninterested, lagging behind and trying to sniff constantly?
Although it may look like your dog lacks motivation, there may be a simpler explanation – just being uncomfortable with your gear! To make running a pleasant experience for your dog, you need to have the proper leash and harness.
Let’s look at some of the leashes which are unsuitable for running with your dog.
Though ideal for control during training and walking, the slip-on is not a good choice for running. Unless you can perfectly synchronize with your dog, this type of leash will prove to be uncomfortable for your pet, as it will restrain them, sending a correction signal every time you move your torso. This will only confuse him or her, leaving them bewildered as to what all those tugs and nudges mean. As a result, your dog may constantly stop, and sniff the ground to communicate their discomfort. If ignored, they will simply decide that they have no choice but to suffer through it and, although uncomfortable, tug along.
It may seem like you are allowing your dog a little bit more freedom on your runs with a retractable leash; however, this is not for active, exercise-loving people. Its design is meant to provide an increased freedom to move around for the dog, with minimal physical activity from the owner. This type of leash is controversial because it allows the dog to distance themself from the handler to a point of no return – meaning that if something unexpected happens (accident, dog attack), intervention can come too late. At the maximum extension, the stopping mechanism can be brutal on the dog, causing pain or even injury; and due to the length, it can also get tangled. All these reasons add up to the retractable leash not being suitable for running with your dog.
With a length of approximately 20 inches, this leash model is at the opposite end of the spectrum from the retractable. The shortness of the leash leaves no room for error. It can cause a lot of accidents, with even the slightest sidestepping, either by you or your dog, creating an unpleasant impact on the other running partner.
So here you have it – three types of leash that may ruin the running experience for you and your dog. This blog post does not advocate against use of the above types of leash; in fact, when used in an appropriate way, these leashes are great. But they are not designed for running with your dog. Try a regular leash and a soft harness, and see if your dog’s desire to run improves.