How to Run With a Doberman Pinscher

The Doberman Pinscher is an active dog that enjoys running.
The Doberman Pinscher is an active dog that enjoys running. (Image: Apple Tree House/Lifesize/Getty Images)

The Doberman Pinscher is a well-muscled, energetic dog that has prolific power and stamina. It is capable of running long distances, and because of this the breed is ideal as a jogging companion, according to the Dog Breed Info Center. The breed's short coat also helps to prevent the dog from overheating as easily when running. If you want extra motivation to keep fit by having your dog run with you, there are a number of factors that must be taken into consideration to ensure that you are prepared.

Things You'll Need

  • Water
  • Backpack

Take your Doberman to see your veterinarian for an overall checkup to ensure that the dog is in good health before you begin taking it jogging on a regular basis.

Pack two bottles of water in a backpack for you and your Doberman when you are getting ready to go jogging. How much water you need depends on how far you intend to run.

Begin by walking your Doberman to allow it to warm up and to practice leadership with your dog. Walk slightly in front of your dog to encourage it to see you as its leader rather than its follower. Give a quick, sideways tug on the leash if your Doberman attempts to pull you or walk in front. Practice leadership while walking to prevent your dog from becoming dominant and developing behavioral problems, such as aggression.

Jog with your dog by your side, only after 10 minutes of walking. When introducing your Doberman to jogging with you for the first time, jog for a short distance and then slow to a walking pace. As your Doberman's fitness increases, gradually lengthen your time spent jogging.

Watch your dog for signs of discomfort while jogging, such as limping or appearing tired. Look for signs of overheating, such as excessive salivation and panting, red gums or weakness. Stop running immediately if your Doberman is struggling, ideally in a shaded area, and give it water.

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