Just as personal safety should be the priority on a run, your pet’s safety should be the primary concern when you run with your pet. Ryan and I run both Charlie and Ollie several times a week. I ensure their safety and happiness on our 3-4 mile runs by the gear we use, where we run, and even what they eat after a run.
Safety Tips When Running With Your Dog
Not only does this make running with your dog more comfortable, but a hands-free leash also keeps your pet securely attached to you at all times. You do not need to worry about the leash slipping from your grip and your dog running into traffic or a cyclist’s path. Additionally, a hands-free leash avoids any muscle imbalances or changes in running form, since your dog will not be pulling on one side of your body. This will prevent injuries or a strained shoulder when your dog decides to chase a rabbit across the path.
Running on Car-Free Routes:
When I run with Charlie and/or Ollie, we run on paved trails to avoid encountering any vehicles during our run. Especially since both are medium-sized dogs, I’m extra cautious when it comes to him and road traffic. Even a sidewalk can put us in close proximity with cars driving by at 30 mph or faster. Both Charlie and Ollie also love running on paved trails because they can see rabbits, ducks, and other animals, so in addition to their safety, both dogs will enjoy the run more.
Make Your Dog Visible:
Charlie’s harness is reflective, which means he will be visible to walkers, runners, cyclists, and drivers on our runs. The hands-free leashes are also reflective and I ensure that I wear reflective gear or bright colors as well. On the rare occasion that we run before sunrise, I’ve strapped one of my flashing running lights (this Amphipod light) to his harness to ensure visibility.
Nutritious Dog Food:
We care about our own nutrition after a run and should do the same of our pets. I’m not eating nutritionally poor, artificial ingredient-filled food after my run – and I don’t want Charlie or Ollie to either. Food safety for dogs is different than food safety for humans because dogs are sensitive to or cannot digest certain foods that we humans can. Basic food safety that we follow also applies to our dogs as well. Even when you avoid feeding these foods to your dog, ensuring food safety can still be difficult. Some companies are lenient about the ingredients they put in their dog food. Even high-quality ingredients run the risk of being contaminated and causing food poisoning. Thankfully, pet food companies such as Natural Balance® make pet food safety easy for pet owners.
Natural Balance: Safe Food for Active Dogs
With Natural Balance, I can ensure that Charlie is eating safe and nutritious pet food. There are no toxic preservatives or fillers that could compromise his health, digestion, or fitness. Natural Balance performs nine safety tests on their food to ensure its safety. These toxic ingredients include aflatoxin, cyanuric acid, vomitoxin, ochratoxin, salmonella SPP, and zearalenone. Natural Balance’s Buy with Confidence ® promise ensures that our bag of dog food or treats has been tested for safety. When selecting dog food for Charlie, Ryan and I look for a brand with a commitment to safe, high-quality, nutritious pet food. Natural Balance Dog Food offers exactly that – with a variety of flavors that your pet will love. Just as Ryan and I eat a high-quality diet and avoid processed foods in my own diet, we do the same for Charlie’s diet. We selected the Limited Ingredient Diet dry food for Charlie, which contains no artificial flavors, colors or chemical preservatives. Natural Balance Limited Ingredient Diet food provides the nutrition Charlie needs to support his active lifestyle. With proper nutrition, Charlie can safely enjoy his weekly runs and long weekend hikes. When we gave him Natural Balance Limited Ingredient Dry Food, Charlie gobbled up his bowl. He loved the Lamb Meal and Brown Rice flavor! He then sniffed the bag to indicate that he wanted more. Charlie enjoyed this food at each meal time!
We also purchased some Natural Balance Limited Ingredient Treats for Charlie and Ollie. Charlie actually doesn’t like most dog treats, especially those with artificial flavors. However, Charlie savored his Natural Balance dog treats and begged for another one! Natural Balance dog treats contain real food like potatoes and meat, with no corn, soy, or artificial ingredients. When we began to train Ollie, we used Natural Balance dog treats because he liked the flavor and the treats were safe enough to feed him without causing any stomach upset that can occur in a newly rescued dog.
I feel assured about Charlie and Ollie’s health and safety when giving them a Natural Balance dog treat after a hard run or hike. You should slowly introduce a new dog food into your pet’s diet. We gave Charlie a 50/50 ratio of his current food and Natural Balance food for several days. This reduces the risk that your dog will not experience any negative reactions to the new food. When we adopted Ollie, we gradually introduced Natural Balance Pet Foods into his diet. Ollie needed nutritious food to help him gain weight and Ryan and I both trusted Natural Balance Pet Foods in order to get him to a healthy weight while still promoting overall health.
When you run with your pet, their safety is important – both during the run itself and in the food they eat afterward! With Natural Balance dog food and treats, I don’t have to worry about the safety of Charlie and Ollie’s food. I know with Natural Balance’s Buy with Confidence® guarantee that only good, nourishing food is in their bowl after each run. I encourage you to try Natural Balance for your dog or cat. I’ve honestly been very pleased with how much Charlie enjoys this food. Natural Balance Dog Food is available at pet retailers across the country including PetCo, Petsmart, Mud Bay, and more.
Natural Balance stands out in an industry full of food recalls and issues. Normally, paying more for a product means that it is higher quality but that isn’t a guarantee in today’s world. That is why Natural Balance goes the extra mile to test all of our products for safety. They care about your pet’s health and happiness above anything else!
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