If you enjoy going for a regular run in the early
morning, you can teach your PON to join you. Exercise is
just as good for your PON as it is for you, and you'll both
enjoy the company !
Your first step is walking with your PON. Will he heel
at your side as you stroll leisurely down the street? If
not, don't attempt jogging with her. Speeding up your
walk to a run, she'll only pull harder. You are more apt
to lose your balance and take an awkward tumble. Also,
the pressure of his pulling can create a choking effect
on her throat and cause serious coughing. Never go
running with a PON who is pulling you. I know of one
case in which a PON broke a bone this way. It took
months to heal.
Assuming your PON has learned to walk
at your side, start by speed-walking for about 30
seconds, then slow it down, and after a minute or so
speed it up again. Randomly go fast and then slow and
then fast and then faster and then slow. The idea is to
teach your PON to follow your pace.
If you routinely let your PON sniff the grass
whenever she wants to on walks, you'll have to readjust
that habit, too. Let her sniff and also to do her
business before you begin your run. Some PONS will
refuse to walk further and you need to increase walk
times every day. At lot depends on your PON's general
well being and age. Put your PON on a veterinary guided
diet if he has gained too many extra pounds.
One way for your PONS to differentiate a walk from
going for a run is to use a special leash for jogging.
Your PON will notice (sniff out) the different leash and
soon understand that the special leash is meant for
serious running - not stopping to smell the flowers. Or
Just as you must build endurance, so must your PON.
When I run with someone, I may complain, "Oh gosh,
getting tired here. Slow up!" Some PONS will also tell
you when enough is enough, but some won't. You must be
an observant owner.
Never go for runs of any considerable distance with
puppies who are still growing. If you have any doubts,
ask your veterinarian. Good luck and keep us updated on
your success. Consistent exercise is part of a well
planned weight control program and will keep your PON in
good condition and consequently, good health for many