Tuesday, December 28, 2010

Run, Don't Walk

When Dogs Love To Run!

Dog running services are becoming more common these days. With many urban professionals working long hours, they come home too tired to walk let alone run their dogs. One of the oldest existing dog running services called Running Paws started in New York City in 2002. It started when one of the owners took a friend's yellow lab for a run in Central Park. Amber the lab loved it, and jogging with the dog, broke up the monotony in his exercise routine.

How Dog Running Works

Most dog walking companies will offer dog running as a service. Other places offer dog running exclusively. It costs about twice as much as a regular walk (even though prices vary). Dog runners will run a dog for 4 to 7 miles (6.5 to 11km). The one bright side is that a client will only need this done two to three times a week compared to walking dogs every day.

Many of the running programs are customized to accommodate the weight, size and age of a dog. Some of the benefits of doing this is that it decreases separation anxiety, helps to keep destructive behavior at bay and calms aggression.

Dog Running Services Reference

Here is a list of places that have dog running websites. Most of these are in America but you will find a couple abroad.
Company NameWebsite LinkLocation
Abby Loves Dogsabbylovesdogs.comAustin, TX
Atlanta Dog Runneratlantadogrunner.com Atlanta, GA
Austin Dog Runnersaustindogrunners.comAustin, TX
Bark, Get Set, Gobarkgetsetgo.comBoulder, CO
Brooklyn Dog Runnersbrooklyndogrunners.com Brooklyn, NY
Cape K-9 Cardiocapek9cardio.comCape Cod, MA
Chicago Dog Runnerschicagodogrunners.com Chicago, IL
Dash Dog Runningdashdogrunning.comBuffalo, NY
DC Dog Caredcdogcare.comWashington, DC
D Jogdjogmydog.com Seattle, WA
Dog And Runnerwww.dogandrunner.com Chicago, IL
Dogs On The Rundogsontherun.comPhoenix, AZ

San Diego, CA

Orange County, CA

Palm Springs, CA

Temecula, CA

Fort Collins, CO

Nashville, TN

Seattle, WA
DogStardogstarcharleston.comCharleston, SC
Donna's Dog Walkingdonnasdogwalking.co.uk Grantham, Lincolnshire, UK
Green Bay Dog Runnergreenbaydogrunner.com Green Bay, WI
Happy Trails Dog Runninghappytrailspdx.comPortland, OR
KC Dog Runnerskcdogrunners.com Kansas City, MO
Mainline Dog Runnersmainlinedogrunners.comPhiladelphia, PA
Marathon Dogsmarathondogs.com Flagstaff, AZ
NYC Dog Runnersnycdogrunners.com New York, NY
Paw Joggerspawjoggers.comCincinnati, OH
Run That Muttrunthatmutt.comFargo, ND
Running Pawsrunningpaws.comNew York, NY
Running The Packrunningthepack.comBoston, MA
Santa Barbara Dog Runnersbdogrunner.comSanta Barbara, CA
Trailblazing Tailstrailblazingtails.comLos Angeles, CA
Walks With Zarawalkswithzara.comChicago, IL
We Run Spotwerunspot.comDallas, TX
Zootzootpets.comGeorgetown, TX
(north of Austin)

Let's Discuss!

Do you use dog running services or prefer a simple walk?

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