Brian Duff and his Weimaraner, Kaydom, finishing a 4:13 mile in Santa Barbara.

Dogs Make the Best Running Companions

On June 5, 2016, competitive runner Brian Duff and his Weimaraner dog,  Kaydom, pushed each other to complete a 4:13 mile at the State Street Dog Mile race in Santa Barbara, California. This is believed to be the fastest known human-dog mile performance ever.

We all know our four legged friends are filled with energy; our dogs at the office are constantly bouncing off the walls, chasing each other, myself, or the ever elusive laser pointer. But did you know that on average dogs can run 19 miles per hour? That’s equivalent to a 3:09 mile! Because of dogs’ style of running economy, they disable their lactic acid buildup and keep their body temperature at safe levels – that’s why dogs make the perfect jogging companions! Here are several dog breeds that are best of the best when it comes to being your ideal companion.

Border Collie:

You need to see our office Border Collie, Mikey. She’s crazy! Sometimes I’ll go out back with her and we chase each other around and there is NO tiring that dog out. Rumor has it that Mikey is capable of following a bike at 20 mph for several miles, and will want to run more after! Border Collies are herding dogs and actually considered one of the most intelligent breeds. They need a job to do, so keep your Border Collie happy and get out and explore with them 🙂

Rhodesian Ridgebacks:

Did you know that Rhodesian Ridgebacks were originally bred to help their masters hunt lions in Africa? I didn’t! That would explain their extreme athleticism and efficient stride. They’re also surprisingly great with people, so get out there and make some new friends! 🙂

Weimaraner:

We already know that Weimaraner’s can run at least a 4:13 mile. They actually excel at short and quick bursts of running with their short-twitch muscles, but can also sustain pacing for long distances with a short coat made for handling hot climates and abundant exercise.

Saluki:

Dating back from Ancient Egypt, the Saluki is one of the oldest breeds known to man. Their heavily padded feet help absorb their running impact, and they have been clocked going nearly 43 mph!loki-thanos-beach-running

Mutt:  Maybe your dog can’t clearly be defined. Well watch out because
chances are they’re full of energy and a passion for running like many of their four-legged counterparts; just look at another one of our office dogs, Loki! When Loki goes to the beach, he goes wild! It’s actually really fun seeing Loki run because he looks so happy. Speaking of happiness, exercise is actually attributed to better moods and better self-esteem, and decreased stress, both in dogs and in humans.

 

Before you go running with your dog, always make sure that you each get in a proper warm up, are properly hydrated and fed, and know your limits. If your dog is panting excessively or slowing down, don’t force them. Be aware of the ground you run on, because the pads on your dog’s feet can be sensitive to hard, rough or hot surfaces. So get out there, hit the trails and spend some quality time outdoors with your best friend! Lastly, have fun! 🙂

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7 thoughts on “Dogs Make the Best Running Companions

  1. Paula Ledgerwood

    I’ve also tried running with a border collie from my workplace, and she gets so excited about exploring everything that she ends up zigzagging me around! Definitely quite the workout!

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  2. Ricky

    My mutt is scarily close to literally being a 0-to-60 dog. His version of playing chase with other dogs in the park consists of running in circles around his playmates! Makes it impossible to catch him without treats when he’s got something he knows he shouldn’t have

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  3. Cole Kuhnsman

    After reading this I need to rethink which breed of dog I am going to get. I can’t believe border collies can run 20 mph for miles!

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