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Keys To Successfully And Safely Jogging With Your Aussiedoodle Puppy

There are many things about your Aussiedoodle puppy that will become clear to you soon after bringing this dog home. One thing that will be close to the top of this list is just how much energy your four-legged family member has. Aussiedoodles are known for their high amounts of energy and love for running, which can be a good thing if your family is active. Your children will love romping around the backyard with your new puppy, and if you're an active jogger, your Aussiedoodle will serve as a valuable jogging companion. Here are some tips for successfully and safely running with your pup.

Pick A Good Route

As an avid jogger, you might already have some favorite jogging routes around your community. When you start to jog with your Aussiedoodle puppy, however, you want to give some thought to the ideal route, rather than just head out to jog along the route that you typically use. Think about safety for the dog. It's ideal if you can run along a dedicated trail, rather than at the side of the road where cars are passing. Finding a route that is low in distractions can also be ideal when you have a high-energy dog. As such, you might want to avoid running past dog parks and even houses that have barking dogs.

Use A Harness

As you train your Aussiedoodle puppy to run with you, you'll want to use a harness. While there are lots of good reasons to use a collar and leash when you walk the dog and train it, a harness is an ideal device for running. This way, if you turn directions sharply or even have to stop abruptly for any reason, you won't put pressure on the dog's throat. Instead, the dog will feel a pulling sensation around its chest and react accordingly. As your dog grows, you'll have to buy larger harnesses, but doing so is a small price to pay for being able to properly control your Aussiedoodle while jogging.

Set The Pace

When you start to run with a high-energy Aussiedoodle puppy, it may be tempted to set the pace. Your new puppy won't have any trouble outrunning you, but you need to remember that you're running with your dog, rather than your dog is running with you. Set a pace that is within your area of strength and that is comfortable for you, and ensure that the dog follows your pace. You may need to pull back on the leash from time to time to prevent your puppy from rushing ahead, but it will get the message before long.