When the weather broke a couple weeks ago and I started walking and jogging outside, I thought I’d bring my dog with me. She’s a six-year-old medium-sized mixed breed in good health and I thought it’d be nice for both of us. She’d get some extended time outdoors (Smells! Sounds! Other doggies and people!) and I’d get a workout buddy. Someone to keep me company and keep me on track (no pun intended).

Boy, did I misjudge that.

Despite my longing for Chopper to behave like some of the other dogs I saw on the track (diligently walking or jogging beside their owners, never yanking their parents’ arms out of the socket to go investigate, you know, smells! Sounds! Other doggies and people!), it just wasn’t meant to be.

Granted, I gave it only a few days, but it was clear neither of us would benefit from it. She wasn’t interested in diligent exercise; she wanted to be a dog. I make sure she gets plenty of pet exercise as it is; I needed to take care of myself.

So, we shook paws and chalked it up to a lesson learned.

Of course, I still see the walkers and joggers with their dogs trotting beside them. Obviously, it can be done; though, that’s not my concern now. My concern now, for purposes of this blog and readers who DO want to give exercising with pets a shot, is advice others can offer about running with your dog – or, keeping your exercise and your pet’s exercise separate.

So, please take the time to answer the poll below and in the comments, let us know if you have any tips for exercising with pets or why you choose not to go walking, jogging, or running with your dog.

Your answer might be featured in an upcoming Your Body, You Mind post!

(UPDATE 9-15-22: Comments are now closed! Head over to Tips For Exercising With Pets: Your Body, Your Mind Readers Sound Off! for more information and to add any advice we might’ve missed!)

 


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    Last reviewed: 16 Sep 2012

APA Reference
Sparks, A. (2012). POLL: Do You And Your Pet Exercise Together?. Psych Central. Retrieved on October 24, 2014, from http://blogs.psychcentral.com/your-mind/2012/09/poll-do-you-and-your-pet-exercise-together/

 

 

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