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Run Rover Run

Author: Lindsay Rapp | Date: March 29, 2013

Running is something that I do not enjoy. I have tried it, but it’s not for me. But my Pittie mix, Kayla, loves it. She has a TON of energy and needs to burn it off.

Kayla is dog reactive, so she cannot go to dog parks or doggy daycare.

So, I needed to find an outlet for her.

Years ago, I talked with AnimalSense friend David Hill, and he told me about his company Chicago Dog Runner.

His staff is comprised of runners, marathoners, and tri-athletes. David himself is an ultrarunner with over 10,000 miles of professional dog running experience. A normal run for a dog is 50-60 minutes, and the distance can vary from 4-7 miles depending on the dog and the weather. I always tell people that they should wait to run their dogs until they are at least one year of age and their bones and growth plates are fully developed. Be sure to check with your vet before running your dogs.

Kayla has been running for twice a week for the past three years, and it has 100% helped her behavior. She is a much calmer and relaxed dog. I would definitely recommend this service. Check out their website, and see if this is something your dog would enjoy. I know mine does!

If you aren’t a runner like me, how do you exercise your dog?




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