I want to start running with my 2 dogs (found a dog version of couch to 5k). We're going to take it slowly (for me more than them!) and I'll take water for them but I wondered if anyone had any tips or experiences to share? The stuff I read said to have them both on the lead but I think we might get a bit tangled up at first....
I run with my dog sometimes. We run on MOD land so I don't have him on the lead. However I do carry it in a bum bag with my whistle and treats. As long as your dogs have good recall I don't see you having a problem as they should be keen to stay with you. I wouldn't run with them in the lead unless you have done some training with them.
Second what demons do says, I regularly run with mine but they have good recall and run well to heel so only use a lead if heading down a road. You could also try cross country as you will often come across streams so no need for water for them.
Depending on what sort of dog be careful. From what I have read dogs like to run a bit, then stop and sniff around a bit, and run a bit more. Full on non stop running can be pretty hard on a dog, esp a big one
I've just come in from a 5k road run with mine- he's fine on the lead-tends to pull a bit to start with but soon settles into it and lead is nice & loose. You can get jogging leads that go round your waist so that your hand are free
I did couch to 5k with mine, she is a small breed. It worked great as we were both starting from scratch. She runs on the lead as she will rub herself in cow/sheep/horse nasties if I am not looking! We run in rural country lanes, and are up to 15miles a week. She loves it. Enjoy, you will prob never run faster than they are capable of and as you all build up together they will get used to going longer and longer without sniffing breaks.
If you are starting running yourself, then its perfect as you build up distance together. Me and my lurcher run together, and for him its a gentle trot, so he's happy to run 16km at a time. I use a harness and a long lead, and he doesn't pull.
I started running recently with my JRT (bless her, and she is SHORT!) at first we ran round the park together but she was inclined to lose track of me and head for home (!)
So I now have her on a lead with a double clip. I use this when there are other dogs around as she's very nervy around dogs. The other day I ran 5k with her on a track, the weather was pants, no one else around so JRT was off lead, she was fine. Stopped a bit then catching up well. I think she's getting the hang. On the way home I threw her sticks all the way so she loves it.