Hey guys, I thought I’d do a blog post for the first time in forever! ? My main form of exercise I have found myself doing since the spring is running. Running specifically with my dogs. I have a border collie and shiba inu, and they definitely love running.
To keep a border collie ‘tame’, it’s necessary they get proper activity daily. Humans need that daily dose of exercise as well! So I put this into one by taking my doggies on a daily run. Recently I’ve been doing up to 3 miles daily.
BUT, as the title suggests, it’s a lot easier said than done...
When I started running Bijou (border collie) and Biscuit (shiba inu) together, I had 2 handheld leashes for each of them. Them pulling + them wrestling + them running in multiple directions + Bijou wanting to do sprints, resulted in my waking up the next day with lots of oblique pain and sore as heck arms from having to constantly hold onto the leashes and tense the entire time ? This was in no way ideal, and if I was going to run them daily like I was wanting, I needed to find a new way to do so.
This ended up being the PERFECT belt for running my pups! ? It has a clip that slides along the belt that the leashes attach too so it is properly designed for dogs that pull and move around. My dogs are honestly pretty well behaved on their runs, but they have their moments, and I needed a belt that can live up to that. I made it a double lead by attaching a bungee cord style leash, and the dual lead attachment. This has become a vital part to my daily running routine with my doggies. ?
I’m very surprised that there are not more running belts out there for sale. But this one definitely lives up to my expectations, so I no longer have to look any further.
However, this was not the end to my running worries...
Biscuit (shiba inu) kept escaping from her harness when we went running. ? Luckily she never ran off anywhere, but it was soo stressful every time it happened and I didn’t want anything bad to happen because of it. So I decided to look for a harness that is ESCAPE PROOF! I asked other shiba owners what their go to harness one, and I bought this one which has ended up being soo amazing, and she can not escape no matter how hard she pulls.
LAST BUT NOT LEAST.... Now that I have proper harnesses for my dogs (✅), leashes for my dogs (✅) and an awesome running belt you'd think my gear is complete! However there is one thing that was bugging me. On the Kurgo dog running belt there is 2 loops to attach a leash to. I tried attaching single leashes with each dog on one of the leashes, but they kept getting tied up, so I decided one leash is better. But now all that pressure is put on ONE loop hole, and that's how my first belt broke in the first place. ? I went on a search for a good quality leash coupler -- one that had bungee cords, and once again Amazon came to the rescue!
I’m in no doubt that obstructions in the future will come in the way and I may have to change the gear I use for running my babies. But, for now I am very happy with what I have. It makes the running experience so much more enjoyable, and I can focus on my core and glute activation, breathing, and speed, instead of stressing about if the dogs will escape or not. ?
Do you run with your dogs? ❤️