Best Running Dogs: Ideal Companions for Staying Fit with You
A dog’s physical condition plays a big role in its ability to run fast or slow. A dog that is overweight will not have the stamina to run as far as one that is fit. Also, it depends on how much exercise they get from their job.
If they work outside all day then they might need extra exercise when going out and running errands. For example, if you live in a rural area where there are no sidewalks and there is plenty of dirt roads, then your dog would probably be able to run faster than someone living in a city. However, if you live in an urban environment with many paved streets and sidewalks then your dog would likely be slower than someone who lives here.
What makes a good running companion?
Well, firstly it must have the right temperament. Some dogs are better at some things than others. They may be too timid to run fast or too strong. Others are just plain lazy. These qualities make them ideal running companions. Another thing is that they must have a strong drive to run. Most dogs want to please their owners and will go along with whatever the owner wants them to do even if it isn’t what they really want to do themselves. Therefore, these dogs require a lot of training because they don’t always listen well when told what to do!
How are you supposed to have fun with your dog if it is not paying attention?
A dog that has a strong desire to run and has the right temperament makes for a good running companion.
So, what kinds of dogs make for good running companions?
Well, some of the best ones include Greyhounds. These dogs are known for their speed and used to hunt game in the past (they still do in some places). They are one of the fastest breeds of dog. Another one is the Whippet. These dogs are very fast and also used to hunt game in the past. They have a strong desire to run and were bred for this purpose. Other good running dogs are Sighthounds. These dogs are fast but not as fast as the Greyhounds or Whippets. However, they are very obedient and have a strong desire to run along side their owner.
The best thing you can do is to simply observe your dog.
Does it seem to have a strong desire to run all the time? Does it pant a lot or act restless? Does it like to go on walks or does it seem content to lie around the house?
These are all important questions that you should ask yourself if you want the best running companion.
So, what makes a good running companion?
As you can see, it all depends on the dog itself. If your dog likes to run and has the right temperament then it can make for a good running companion. The owner must also be committed to physical fitness if they want their dog to be in shape. This means that they must set aside time every day to exercise their dog. If they do this, then they will have a dog that can run fast and for long periods of time. But it all starts with the owner. They must be willing to train their dog and spend time with it on a regular basis if they want to have a good running companion. If you want to have a good running companion then you must train your dog yourself and spend lots of time with it on a regular basis.
A: There are so many things that can cause a person to become overweight. Eating too much food, not getting enough exercise, having some sort of medical condition that prevents one from losing weight. The list goes on and on.
The owner of a greyhound that I spoke to said that her dog is prone to getting fat. It’s a medical condition known as benign hypertrophy. Basically the dog’s stomach fills up with air and it feels full when it’s really not. It doesn’t feel hunger pains like a normal dog would, so it keeps eating. This distends the stomach and in some cases the esophagus as well causing difficulty in breathing. The owner of this dog feeds it a special diet to keep its weight down and runs it every day to keep it active. She claims that it’s a constant struggle to keep the dog at a healthy weight.
I have also heard of dogs who eat their own feces. This is apparently for the same reasons as the greyhound. Doesn’t feel full and gets hungry shortly after eating, so it instinctively eats its own feces in the hopes of getting more nutrients.
Makes sense when you think about it. Not to a lot of people, but to me it does.
Any dog can get sick. That’s why it’s important to take your dog to the vet at least once every six months or so. The vet will, obviously, check your dog for signs of illness and make sure whatever prescriptions they’ve been given are up to date and working.
I’ve heard of dogs getting Addison’s Disease which prevents them from producing sufficient amounts of the hormone cortisol. This, obviously, is life threatening. Finding out your dog has it is a lot easier with the help of a vet, though. There are also other life threatening illnesses that can affect your dog. I’ve heard of dogs getting everything from bone cancer to heart worms, and almost all of them have treatments to help your dog get over the illness and live a normal life. If you start noticing signs of illness in your dog, take it to the vet right away. It could save your dog’s life.
A: It’s a bit complicated. Every situation is different, and there really isn’t a catch-all solution that works for everything. If you have concerns about your own dog or someone else’s dog then speak with a veterinarian about what to do.
They will help you.
I’ve got some stories if you want them.
A: There are about three problems that crop up repeatedly. The first is dogfights. For whatever reason there are some people (usually young people) who get entertained by watching two animals kill each other.
They assemble the animals, give them nothing but a knife to fight with and the fight begins. Dogs bred for fighting are strong, fast and have a vicious streak a mile wide. Some have been known to disembowel their opponent.
The second problem is gambling. People will bet on almost anything, and it’s a fact that some people will bet on a fight between two animals. They will often force the animals to fight by using harsh training methods and mistreating them in order to make them angry enough to fight.
Second is cruelty for the sake of cruelty. People who have no reason to hate animals or have no interest in watching them suffer for their own amusement. These people will go out of their way to hurt or abuse animals for no reason other than to hear them scream.
These are the worst kind of people, in my opinion.
A: Unfortunately there are probably more people out there who would fall into the second category. The first two examples are cruel, but they at least have some sort of logical reason behind them. People who hurt animals just to hear them scream have no excuse and don’t belong in society.
Unfortunately, there aren’t a lot of laws in place to protect animals from people like this. Thankfully, organizations like PETA do their best despite the odds being against them.
Still, you can do your part in helping to prevent animal cruelty where you can. If you see someone hurting an animal, you can report them. The ASPCA website has a form to report animal cruelty.
If you’re really concerned about it, call your local animal control agency. If enough people make complaints then something might get done about it.
You can also volunteer at your local shelter. They always need help cleaning the cages and taking care of the animals. Many shelters also put out requests for specific supplies that you can provide, such as newspapers or bleach.
Finally, you can get an animal companion of your own. Dogs and cats make the most common pets for people. There are also more exotic animals that you can choose from, such as rabbits, birds, ferrets, reptiles, etc.
Check your local shelters to see what kinds of animals they have to offer. If you’re really interested in helping animals out and have the time to spend with one, then getting an animal companion is something you should strongly consider.
A: NO. Just…
no. I advise you not to do this.
While I understand the appeal of having a cute and fuzzy animal to play with, forcing one to fight is much worse than anything it would experience in the wild. The only reason animals fight in the wild is to survive, they aren’t actively trying to kill each other. When humans force animals to fight, many times the animals will die from their injuries.
Also, they are almost always severely injured just from the way they’re captured and transported.
If you must get an animal companion, please consider one that can survive on its own. Fish, birds, and reptiles are good choices as they require little maintenance and food. You also don’t need to worry about them running away either.
I’ve heard cats and dogs are great pets too, but you would need to take extra precautions in making sure they remain happy and healthy creatures.
People like you and me have pets all the time.
Honestly though, you shouldn’t get an animal just for the hell of it. You should consider the responsibilities that come with owning a pet. For instance, you’ll have to make sure they have food, water, and exercise every day.
You’ll need to provide a safe environment for them to live in and regularly clean their living space. This means that if you’re going to get a cat or dog, you’ll need to take responsibility for its medical needs. This includes making sure it gets vaccinations as a kitten or puppy and spaying or neutering it so that it doesn’t have a bunch of babies that you’ll have to take care of as well.
If you’re going to get a fish, make sure you get a large enough enclosure for it with the right supplies. You’ll need to do routine cleaning of the tank so that it doesn’t become dirty and kill all the fish. You’ll also need to make sure you have the time to feed it daily and keep track of when it needs water or else it will die.
Birds and reptiles require less maintenance and can generally survive on their own. However, if you’re going to get one just because you like the way they look, then you might want to reconsider. If you’re only getting it for decoration, then just get a stuffed animal replica.
They last forever and won’t die on you. If you’re getting a snake, you’ll need to make sure it gets food often and is cleaned out so that it doesn’t end up smelling like crap.
If you’re going to get a turtle or tortoise, you’ll need to make sure you have the space for its habitat and can properly protect it from predators. They also will eat at least once a day.
If you’re going to get an amphibian, make sure you have the means and knowledge to properly take care of it. These guys can be pretty low maintenance, but if neglected they will die easily.
Whatever pet you decide to get, please do your research before taking one home.
A: Congratulations on your new animal companion! Now make sure to give it a good home.
Like I mentioned before, there are many responsibilities that come with owning a pet. In its early stages, you’ll have to make sure that you feed it every day and take care of various medical needs. This is especially important with puppies and kittens as they need lots of nutrients in order to grow big and strong.
If you don’t feel up to the task of taking care of a pet, I would highly suggest that you rent one instead. There are several places in town that have pet rentals available. It’s like a regular pet shop, but they actually have animals that you can rent to take home for a few hours or even a couple days!
Your parents should be able to take you there when you’re ready.
Once your pet is grown, you’ll still need to provide it with proper care. This means feeding it at regular intervals, making sure it has water, cleaning its living space, providing health care as needed and spending quality time with it. Also, you’ll need to provide it with proper exercise.
Dogs and cats will take care of this themselves, but pets like turtles and fish won’t unless you take them outdoors on a regular basis.
You should also remember that pets also require lots of attention. If you are planning to go away to college or just moving into a new home, you might want to reconsider getting a pet as a pet still needs your attention even if you are busy.
There might be a few pets that you can own that don’t require as much maintenance, but they are more rare and generally more expensive.
Whatever pet you decide to get, I hope it stays with you for many years to come.
B: You arrive back home from school and find your pet in the kitchen. Your mom kisses you hello and tells you to help yourself to some milk in the refrigerator since you must be thirsty after running around all day.
You open the fridge and pull out a container of milk. Just as you finish drinking it down, you hear loud barking behind you. Turning around, you see the source of the barking: a small white dog with brown spots has somehow gotten into the kitchen through a pet door and is now rushing toward you.
You look at your mom, who is smiling, and then back at the dog. You don’t know what to think.
“Uh…hi,” you say.
What’s its name?”
your mom asks.
“Her, not an it. And I dunno, I just met her,” you say.
Your mom looks at the dog and says “Well, what should we call you?”
The dog cocks her head to one side and looks at you as if expecting you to answer. You don’t know what to say, so you look to your mom for help.
Why don’t you go ahead and pick out a name for her?”
You think for a moment, then say “I’ll call her ‘Spot’.”
your mom says, not quite convinced that this is an appropriate name for the dog.
“Yeah, like how when a dog has certain markings on their fur they’re called spots. Like a Dalmatian is called a Dalmatian because of its black and white spots.”
Your mom smiles and says “I guess that’s a good enough reason. Alright then, welcome to the family Spot.”
Spot’s ears perk up at this and she wags her tail.
“For now, you can keep her here until we find a more suitable place for her,” your mom says. “Now go, take your sister to go downtown and enjoy your day off.”
You take your sister by the hand and leave the house through the front door. The two of you walk together down the streets of your town, chatting the whole way, until you arrive at the shops downtown.
You wander in and out of shops for a while as your sister picks out a few items. You stop in a pet store and look at the puppies they have for sale. One in particular catches your eye: a small, white ball of fluff with brown ears and tail.
You reach inside the cage and it crawls into your arm to snuggle. It’s so small and cute you immediately decide you will take it home.
You pay for the puppy and leave the store, holding it carefully in your hands. Your sister rolls her eyes when she sees you, but can’t help but smile. You continue to wander around shops with her and have a good time.
Soon enough, it’s time to get the bus back to your neighborhood and head home. You put the puppy on the ground and it tries to follow you, but can’t really walk in a straight line and keeps bumping into your legs. You smile and pick it up again, carrying it home.
Your mom meets you at the door upon your return. “
So, did you find everything you wanted to?”
You nod. “I got a dog. Her name is Spot.”
Your mom looks down and sees the puppy in your arms. Her eyes widen and she smiles widely. “A puppy!
Oh my, she’s adorable!
Why don’t you put her down so I can hold her?”
You do as your mom says and she holds the dog in her arms, affectionately rubbing its head with one hand and stroking its back with the other. The puppy leans into her and makes a loud yipping noise.
You hungry, girl?”
your mom asks as she carries the dog to the kitchen. You and your sister follow after her, watching as she takes a package of hot dogs out of the fridge and cuts off a small piece for the puppy to eat.
The three of you sit down for dinner while your mom tells you about a story from when she was a little girl and had a dog almost exactly like Spot. You and your sister smile and laugh at the story. Afterwards, you and your sister do the dishes while your mom feeds the dog some scraps, then you all retire to your room where you play with the puppy for a couple hours before going to sleep.
The next morning, you wake to the sound of a heavy thud followed by a yelp. You sit up to see that your mom has fallen out of her chair and the puppy is sleeping in her lap. You help her to her feet and see that she has a nasty red line going across one side of her forehead.
Are you alright?”
“Yeah, I’m fine.” She smiles reassuringly at you and sits back in her chair. “Your sister should be waking up soon. Why don’t you go wake the neighborhood with your new friend this morning.”
You nod and turn, heading out of your room with the puppy at your heels. You head downstairs and into the kitchen where you find some scraps for your new friend. After eating, the puppy wanders around the house for a while before eventually winding up back at the front door.
You let her out and wander into the living room where you watch some TV until your sister wakes up.
The three of you eat breakfast as a family and your mom tells you that she’ll be going into the hospital to get her surgery that day. You ask if either of you can go with her to which she replies no, but that she has to go in the morning so you’ll be able to watch the both of us tonight.
Afterwards, you and your sister decide to take the dog for a walk to your favorite trees while your mom prepares everything for her trip to the hospital.
The three of you continue on like this for a few days. You go with your mom in the morning, walk the dog, come back, and watch TV until your mom gets home from the hospital.
On the fourth day, you hear a knock on the door as you’re eating breakfast with your sister. Your mom calls for you to get it and you slide out of your chair and walk to the door. You can see through the glass window on the front door that it’s a police officer, and he seems to be holding something in his hands.
“I got it.” Your sister says, standing and walking to the door. You quickly stop her.
“No, it’s probably about mom. I’ll get it.”
What if it’s about Nate?”
“It might be, but I’m still going to get it.”
Reluctantly, your sister sits back down as you walk to the door and open it.
Hello young man, is your mother home?”
The officer asks.
Yes, can I ask what this is about?”
“I have a warrant for her arrest.
May I come in?”
Fear tightens your chest as you nod and slowly step aside to let him in. You slowly make your way back to the kitchen where you see your mom with the paper in hands. She looks up at you as the officer sits down next to her. He shows her the paper and you watch as all the life seems to drain from her face.
What’s going on?”
You sister asks, standing.
“Shhh.” You say, holding up your hand as you listen to the officer.
“I’m sorry, Ma’am. We have a warrant for your arrest due to accusations of witchcraft and wizardry.”
Witchcraft and wizardry?”
Your sister asks, louder than before.
“Shhhh!” You say again.
It’s a joke, right?”
Your mom says. “Some sort of sick joke.”
“I’m afraid not. If you’d come with me, I’ll explain the charges further in the cruiser.”
Your mom simply sits there in silence as the three of you wait in silence for what seems like an eternity. Finally, you can’t take it anymore.
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