There are many pet owners that like to combine their daily dog walk with their exercise regime. Many set a brisk pace and even jog or run with dogs to ensure that both they, and the animal, get a good workout. With time, our dogs will begin to slow as they get older and some will develop joint issues that mean that jogging is no longer possible. Then there are those that would like to get into jogging to start a fitness regime, but have a breed of dog that simply wont keep up. This is particularly true for brachycephalic breeds that struggle to breath. The solution in both situations is to invest in a jogging pet stroller.
What is a jogging pet stroller and why are they so beneficial?
Jogging pet strollers are a great option for dog owners in these predicaments because they provide a safe means of transportation for the dog while the owner gets to jog around the park. After the run, the animals can be let out of their enclosures to have their exercise on the grass and play time, but they won’t have exerted themselves at all during the jog. Instead they just get to enjoy the fresh air and scenery from a comfortable space. There are different sizes and designs for different types of dog, so a GSD with hip problems is just as able to have fun as a pug with breathing issues – as long as their owners get the right size.
How do these strollers differ from the typical dog strollers that are around. The standard dog strollers and jogging dog strollers are pretty similar in many ways. They all have the typical three wheeled design, handlebars and a zippered canvas enclosure with the right safety and comfort features. Jogging models vary in the way that they can handle a faster pace on some rougher terrain. The wheels tend to be thicker, with air-filled tyres, to help them handle the tracks. There are also many models with added shock absorbers to ensure a smoother ride for the dog. Finally, you will find that the handles tend to be positioned so that there is a longer stride length for users. This means you can set a better pace without the worry of kicking the wheels.
All owners that are keen to try out a jogging stroller to exercise with their dogs must remember three important things
Firstly, you need to shop around and really compare the specifications for these key features to get a capable model. Secondly, the experience of your dog is as important as yours, so don’t sacrifice their comfort and enjoyment just because there is a flashy design and plenty of human-friendly features. Finally, don’t forget that it may take some time for your pet to get used to the pace and feeling of being in a jogging stroller. Build upon the speed gradually and be careful on rough paths. Before long, many dogs will learn to love the ride and the jogging stroller will become a great addition to an exercise regime.