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June 04, 2020


Image: Nicky Inge (@Nickyingenn)

If you’ve been feeling a little cooped up lately, chances are your four-legged friend feels the same way.

After a while, those walks to the park for a game of fetch might feel like a missed opportunity to get even more active.

You might want to try a dog jog.

Running with your dog is a great way to stay active, reconnect with your furriest family member, stay safe during solo runs, and reinforce positive pet behaviours along the way.

But there are some guidelines to follow to make sure you and your pet are running smoothly.

Keep the following in mind:

Not Every Dog is a Born Runner

As much as every pooch can benefit from exercise, some breeds are just not run-ready.

If your pup is built for comfort more than speed – short-legged and short-snouted varieties can especially struggle – it might be best to leave them at home when you hit the road.

The last thing you want is to end up miles from home with a worn-out Basset Hound or wheezing Bulldog. That’s a recipe for switching your own workout from a leisurely run to hardcore endurance weight training.

You’ll know if your dog is a good potential running partner if they have energy to burn around the house.

If you’re already tossing tennis balls for hours on end, or if they’re zooming all over the couch every time you turn around, those are good signs you have a runner on your hands. Less so if their usual activity level puts them in danger of growing moss.

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Image: Mireille Sine (@mireille.sine)

The Leash of Your Worries

If leash discipline isn’t your dog’s strong suit, you’ll want to work on it during your regular walks (two tips: treats and consistency) before bringing them up to a full gallop.


Because as much as we’d all love to run free with our perfectly behaved best friends, let’s face it, not every dog is Lassie.

You’ll be running too, and unless you enjoy brushing off-road rash to chase your dog through the bushes (or worse, traffic), you want an obedient and reliable running partner who won’t dart away at the first sign of squirrel.

Plan to run with a leash, and make sure you’re confident in your dog’s ability to do so. Getting there will require diligence and focus. If you’re having a rough start, enlist another human to help reinforce the pack rules.

As for the leash setup, when your dog is ready you’ll want to put them in a non-chafing shoulder harness with a back loop, and you might want to try an extendable leash option once your furry friend proves themselves trustworthy.

Keep leash etiquette in mind, and hold your dog close whenever you cross paths with any other humans or canines to avoid tangles or clotheslining.

Run at the Pooch’s Pace (and Distance)

If you’re used to a brisk daily five-mile run, you might want to temper expectations for your first trip out with the dog.

Try a nice slow, even jogging pace over your usual shorter “business trip” dog walking route first as a primer, and go from there.

Remember, they’re new to running. Slow down when they slow down. Stop when they stop. Wait when they do their business (and definitely bring baggies for cleanup).

And if an encouraging “let’s go” command doesn’t get them back on track, don’t push – or pull.

If they’re tugging against the harness to go faster than is usual for you, a heel command and a quick short yank on your leash (just enough to remind them you’re there) will work better than sustained pulling – but as mentioned before, leash discipline should be worked out already.

Hot day? Bring a water bottle and a fanny pack with a collapsible bowl to keep both you and your dog hydrated.

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Image: Scott Fauble (@sfaubs)

Footwear and Paw Care

What’s the best shoe to wear for interspecies running?

This can get tricky.

The grip-added features of a trail running shoe can help you be a more sure-footed master, but the deeper grooves and bigger lugs associated with trail running soles can make for a messy cleanup in case “it” happens.

A road running model makes the worst-step scenario a little less bad, but running exclusively over concrete surfaces can be tough on a pooch’s paws – especially when it’s hot.

All in all, a trail running shoe, extra vigilance, and a planned route with at least some natural, unpaved running surfaces are the best mix for all six legs involved.

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And if your dog pulls up limpy from any initial test runs, you might want to explore booties or paw healing ointment options before you give it another try.

The main thing to remember, across every aspect of dog running, is you’re the responsible party. So always train your dog up, make every concession you can to their needs and abilities, and take small steps as you develop into a trusty running tandem.

Good luck, and enjoy your run.

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10 Things I Wish I’d Known About Trail Running Before I Started
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I started running on trails back in 2005. I was living on the eastern shore of Maryland and accidentally found myself running on a trail one day as a way to add some distance to my road run. I loved it from the first crunch of dirt and quickly found myself wanting to get as many of my running miles on the trails as possible. I liked how I’d sometimes get a glimpse of a turtle or a deer, how I saw a lot less man-made things, how the pine trees smelled, and how I didn’t have to worry about cars. I wrote this piece to help anyone who may just be getting into trail running, or who has always wanted to try it but wasn’t so sure it was for them.

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January 13, 2021

On May 4th 2019, one of HOKA's most innovative shoes was unveiled in a way that challenged limits. The Carbon X was showcased by HOKA athletes from around the world in attempt to conquer the 100K world record in Folsom, CA.
After another 18 months of development by the HOKA Design, Product and Innovation teams, the updated Carbon X 2 is here. We sat down with Senior Footwear Designer Odile Boyer to learn more about how the Carbon X 2 updated from its predecessor and how this shoe can help inspire athletes of all types to reach for their personal best.

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January 07, 2021

HOKA ultrarunner Jim Walmsley set the running world on fire with his 50-mile world record at the 2019 edition of Project Carbon X. However, he has some unfinished business, as he wasn’t able to hold that pace through 100K (roughly 62 miles). With the upcoming Project Carbon X 2 on January 23rd at 7am MST, Jim has a chance at redemption, so we sat down with him to learn about 2019’s race, how training has gone this year, and what his goals are for Project Carbon X 2, and more.

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