AFTER THE WORKOUT: DO DOGS GET SORE FROM RUNNING?
Just like yourself, dogs do get tired and sore from exhaustion and rigorous exercise. This may be evident in your dog if they are struggling to get up after exercising, refusing to walk up and down stairs or potentially refusing to eat due to the pain in their muscle movement.
According to rehab therapist Jen Pascucci (2018), the best way to avoid muscles soreness in your dog when it comes to running, is to provide them with regular, conditioning training to allow the dog to build up their fitness and strength. While avoiding excessive training in short bursts, for example, a 12km run on the weekend, following two weeks of no training.
“Some dogs have such a strong drive to work and play that they’ll push through severe fatigue and potential injury. That is the real danger. It is up to the owner to set boundaries and limit the high drive dog to avoid over-exercise-related injury and exhaustion”. (Pascucci, 2018)
While dogs can get stiff, sore muscles after exercise, please resist giving your pet human drugs. Aspirin, Tylenol®, and ibuprofen can cause serious problems for dogs, from intestinal bleeding to kidney or liver damage. Naproxen is highly toxic, even in small doses. Use a comforting, gentle massage on sore muscles, and ask your veterinarian for one of the numerous safe and effective pain relievers for dogs.
JOIN A PARKRUN!
Running with your dog is not only great exercise but also the perfect opportunity for both you and your dog to get outdoors and socialise with events like parkrun.
parkrun is a free weekly event that you can join across the world, that takes place in parks and open spaces every Saturday morning. This wonderful event is a truly positive and welcoming experience for both you and your dog. Allowing you to walk, jog, run (5km), volunteer or spectate, while spending some valuable time outdoors and with friends.
With 428 events across Australia and over 34 in NZ operating every weekend, you should have no trouble finding an event near you. To join in, simply complete the free registration process and use the event map, to find your nearest parkrun. Bring your dog along to participate in the fun Eukanuba™ Barkrun events as well!
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- Pascucci, J., 2018. 5 Signs Your Dog Is Getting Too Much Exercise | PetMD. [online] Petmd.com. Available here:[Accessed 9 September 2021].