If you want to get your dog to be your training partner, follow these tips to keep him safe, healthy and comfortable:
Wait Until Your Dog is Full-Grown.Don't run with your puppy. You can start taking smaller breeds out at six months, but you should wait a year for large breed dogs' bones to mature.
Don't Run with Older Dogs.Large dogs shouldn't run past 7 years old. Even small dogs should cut back their mileage after they reach the age of 10.
Ease Your Dog in to Running.Start your dog out slowly, just like you would if you were new to running. If you gradually increase the miles, your dog's pads will toughen up and make him less susceptible to injury. Check your dog's pads for signs that he overran. If you notice tenderness, raw spots or bleeding, give him a few days off from running.
Keep Your Dog Hydrated.
Make sure you carry enough water for both you and your dog. Teach your dog how to drink from a water bottle or carry a portable doggie dish to put water in.