Running is great exercise! That’s why many people love it. What could make it even more fun? Running with dogs! Just like humans, every canine needs a certain daily dose of exercise. It doesn’t matter whether it’s raining or the sun is shining, canines are always up for a walk or run. But what about those shelter dogs that spend their days in a cage? Fortunately, there are many people looking to get these dogs out for a jaunt as well!
High School Students Running With Shelter Dogs
In 2016, the students of the cross-country team from the St. Joseph High School decided to run together with more than a dozen shelter dogs from the Santa Barbara County Animal Shelter. The students thought the training time would be more fun if they went on their daily run with shelter dogs. Every student got one four-legged running partner before they started their daily run, which lasted for several miles.
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Not every shelter dog gets the chance to have a training partner in his life. According to the training coach, Luis Escobar, he wasn’t sure about who was more excited and had more fun – the kids or the dogs! Either way, this was a great time for all, and he was sure that the team was going to do the training with the shelter dogs soon again. (1, 2)
Benefits Of Running With Shelter Dogs
Shelter dogs need daily exercise just like your furbaby at home. However, they may not get as much active time as they need due to their living arrangement. They usually spend their days in a cage, waiting to find a forever home with lovely pet parents. Many people love to visit shelter dogs because they know how much these pooches are suffering from loneliness. But not everyone can afford to adopt a shelter dog or has enough time to volunteer as a staff member.
If you are one of these people, but you still want to help, shelter dog running may be a perfect opportunity for you. There are many benefits that come from running together with shelter dogs.
Running Makes You Happy
Exercise makes both of you happy because it gives you endorphins. The daily exercise may also reduce barking or possible aggressive behavior of shelter dogs. Another great thing is that happier dogs may find their forever home easier than pups that are anxious or have pent-up energy.
You Get Fit
It’s commonly known that fitter people and dogs are less likely to suffer from diseases and heart problems. Being fit supports a healthy and happy life for both of you! Also, a fit pup may behave better because he gets the chance to release all the extra energy he has. Running with shelter dogs gives them a chance to stretch their legs and to explore new areas at the same time. It may also support stronger and healthy bones for you and the dog too!
Both of you will burn lots of calories through running. Shelter dogs don’t get too many chances for daily activity, so they might gain weight easily. Running is a great exercise to lose weight for the pups, and also for humans. With daily training, you and your four-legged running partner may keep your weights in balance. (3, 4)
Having a dog as a running partner is not always easy. Some shelter dogs may need some patience and training to run on a leash. They might tug the leash constantly that makes it harder to maintain a proper form of the running.
If you are not in a good shape to hold the leash tightly while you are running, or if you are simply not a runner, but you still want to help, there is another option. Most of the shelters accept donations. At the TruDog online shop, you can buy foods, treats, supplements, and accessories for donation, and it will make both you and the shelter dogs happy.