So, you’ve begun a running regimen with your dog and are up to 20 minutes of running each day, well-conditioned, and ready for a challenge. What’s a good goal to set for yourself and your dog? Once both you and your dog are conditioned, consider this schedule to help build and maintain endurance and fitness:
Monday: 3 mile run at an easy pace.
Tuesday: Walk or take day off.
Wednesday: 5 – 10 mile tempo run (a bit faster).
Thursday: Walk or take day off.
Friday: 3 – 5 mile easy run.
If you prefer to run more than three days a week, you may want to consider leaving your canine at home, especially if they are not a typical running bread. Although this may truly sadden your pup, the rest and recovery are as important as the conditioning program.
While running consecutive days is generally not a problem for younger, healthy, and athletic dogs, it is recommended that every other day be at a much more moderate pace than the day before. Look for signs of fatigue and muscle soreness after longer or more difficult runs. A lack of enthusiasm when you pull out the leash might be an indicator of a tired or sore dog, in which case a walk might be more appropriate.