One of the best things about owning a Labrador is taking them outside on a beautiful day. They’re such happy dogs, who love to play games, and chase after balls. They also make for fantastic running companions. But running with your lab doesn’t happen overnight—you’ll have to take a number of things into consideration before your dog joins you.
Here are a few tips to keep in mind:
Check the temperature before running with your lab
Labs aren’t like small lap dogs; they’re much bigger breeds who carry a lot of weight on them when they run. This can be tiring to a dog, especially on a hot day when they can get heat exhaustion. This is the simple rule to follow, if it’s too hot outside for you to run, then it’s too hot for your dog.
Consider your labs weight
Again, labs are bigger breeds, who tend to hold a lot of weight on them. Some labs are older and heavier than others, which are important factors to keep in mind when you’re ready to go for a run, as this sort of athletic performance can seriously hurt a lab’s ankles. Simply said, slimmer dogs are more physically able than heavier dogs, who may need weight loss training before they hit the open roads with you.
Know your route before running with your lab
When running with your dog, you’re going to want to make sure you find a path that is both comfortable and safe for your dog. So preferably something off the street, and not on gravel or rock of any sort. This last tip follows the same principle as the first one: if a street or road hurts your feet, then it will definitely hurt their paws.
With over 20 years of experience, we here at Lankas Labs are here to help with any of your lab-related questions, or needs! Now go enjoy the beautiful day with your best friend.