Can I Run With My Corgi? A Guide to Safe Running With Your Dog

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Written By Dane Michael

I am a passionate dog owner for 10+ years. MyFavCorgi is a community of 500,000+ corgi fans with advice to buy, raise and care for your corgi.

Corgis, with their short legs and long bodies, can surprise you with their energy levels.

Imagine a dog that can keep up with running after cows all day—it’s like having a bundle of excitement on four legs.

If you’re an avid runner and a corgi owner, you might wonder if running together is a possibility.

The answer is yes, your can run with your corgi, but, due to their small size, there are factors you must consider for a safe and enjoyable running experience for both you and your furry friend.

Think of this article like a run – we’re starting with the basics you need to know. Then, we’ll jog through safety tips, environment pointers, gear suggestions, training advice, health tips, and even alternative ways to enjoy exercising with your corgi.

Let’s dive into these factors now to get you and your corgi geared up for a run!

A corgi trying to listen for their friends in the grass.

Running With Your Corgi: Step 1 – What you need to know!

Curious if your adorable corgi is up for a run? Corgis have short legs and a long body, which can impact their stride and endurance.

But, with their boundless energy and herding instincts, they might surprise you with their enthusiasm for a good run. Here’s the cold hard facts to know before you start.

Do corgis like to run?

Yes, corgis are bursting with energy, so they are known to love a good run and lots of exercise.

Their innate herding instincts and historical background of working with livestock mean they’ve got quite a bit of energy to burn. Surprisingly, they can be quite fast too.

Embarking on a run with your corgi can unfold as a delightful and invigorating experience. It promises joy (and a healthy workout!) for both you and your four-legged companion.

Is running good for corgis?

Corgis are quite energetic little dogs, and running can be a great way to keep them in good shape.

They love getting out and about, burning off that extra energy, and staying healthy.

Corgis are a breed that enjoys exercise, so running fulfills their natural need for physical activity. It’s great for their cardiovascular health and can help build endurance and stamina over time.

Running also provides mental stimulation and can help alleviate boredom. It’s a wonderful way for corgis to explore their surroundings and enjoy the outdoors, which is something they often love.

If you’re thinking about running with your corgi, it’s like starting any new activity—you want to take it easy at first. Begin with shorter runs and let them gradually get used to it.

How fast can a corgi run? Can they keep up with humans?

A healthy, well-conditioned corgi can run at speeds of up to 25 miles per hour, but they are not endurance runners.

Corgi’s have high energy and with only a little training will outrun most humans with ease.

For most adults, a comfortable jogging pace typically ranges from 6 to 8 miles per hour (9.7 to 12.9 km/h). However, elite athletes can achieve much higher speeds, often reaching over 12 miles per hour (19.3 km/h) in longer distance races.

The fastest human alive, sprinter Usain Bolt only achieves speeds of 23.35 miles per hour (37.58km/h) over 100m. This is about the speed a corgi can achieve over longer distances.

However, it’s vital to keep in mind their physical limitations. Their shorter legs mean they may not have the endurance for long-distance or high-speed running, especially compared to larger dog breeds or dogs bred for speed like Greyhounds.

How far can a corgi run? Can they run long distances?

Corgis can run for around 2 miles before they need to slow down and have a break.

You’ll find corgis have a unique body structure that isn’t ideal for long-distance running. You may need to switch in some jogging and walking to ensure they’re not pushing themselves too hard.

Their short legs and long back can strain their spine and joints during extended runs, so they’re better suited for shorter to moderate distances.

In terms of running, corgis are more like sprinters than marathon runners. Typically, they can handle around one or two miles of running, and perhaps a bit more if they’re in good health and well-conditioned.

When it comes to walks and hiking, a fit corgi can usually manage between six and eight miles at a moderate pace. However, it’s advisable to avoid rigorous hikes until a corgi reaches one year old to not damage their growth.

Even though they may not be long-distance runners, corgis can certainly enjoy running for shorter durations and at a moderate pace.

Incorporating regular exercise in the form of play, walks, and shorter runs can help keep your Corgi active and healthy without pushing them beyond their physical limits.

Running With Your Corgi: Step 2 – Safety and Precautions

Keeping your corgi safe and happy during a run is a top priority for any responsible pet owner.

When it comes to our furry friends, considering their age and physical development is crucial. Whether you have a playful corgi puppy, an adult dog, or a senior companion, understanding when and how to run with them is key to keep them healthy.

In this section, I’ll explore the ideal times to start running with your corgi, precautions to take, and tips for adapting your running routine as your furry friend grows older. Let’s hit the ground running, safely.

Can I run with a corgi puppy? How old should my corgi be before going for a run?

You should not run with a corgi puppy. As their body is still growing, it can cause damage to their joints and bones. You should wait until they are at least 1.5 years old before taking them running.

Yes, it’s essential to hold off on running with your little buddy until they’re around 16 to 18 months old.

Corgi puppies are adorable but delicate, especially in the bone and joint department. You need to give them the time they need to grow and toughen up for the running game without causing any harm.

If you push too hard too soon, it can mess with their growth plates, and we definitely want to avoid that. Once they are old enough, start with short distances, and let them gradually build up their stamina.

Can I run with a senior corgi? What age should I stop running with my corgi?

Running with a senior corgi can still be doable, but it’s important to be mindful of their changing needs as they age, especially past 7 years old. Their joints may become more sensitive, and their stamina might not be what it used to be.

As your corgi gets older, consider slowing down the pace and opting for shorter runs or walks.

Low-impact exercises can be a great alternative to accommodate their evolving abilities. It’s all about keeping them comfortable and happy in their golden years.

When it comes to a specific age to stop running, there’s no one-size-fits-all answer. Every corgi is unique, and the decision should be based on your individual dog’s health, fitness level, and how they’re handling the aging process.

Once your corgi hits the 10-year mark, it’s definitely a good time to seriously evaluate whether running is still the best activity for them. Their well-being is the top priority.

Before running with my corgi, what precautions should I take?

When running with your corgi, it’s crucial to take certain precautions to ensure their safety and well-being.

Here are some important steps to follow before you run with your corgi.

1.       Hydration and Weather Awareness

Always carry enough water for both you and your corgi during the run. Use a portable or pop-up bowl to make it easy for your corgi to drink and stay hydrated, particularly in warmer weather when hydration is crucial. You should also be mindful of the weather conditions and opt for cooler times of the day to prevent overheating during the run.

2.       Scheduled Breaks and Monitoring

When starting a running routine with your corgi, begin with short runs and gradually increase the distance and intensity over time. This approach allows your corgi to ease into the exercise and build up their stamina without overexerting themselves.

Make sure you incorporate regular breaks into your running session to give your corgi a chance to rest, drink water, and recharge.

Monitoring your Corgi’s behaviour and physical signs is crucial; if you notice signs of tiredness, heavy breathing, or discomfort, slow down the pace or halt the run.

3.       Proper Warm-Up and Cool Down

Before beginning the run, initiate a gentle warm-up walk to prepare your corgi’s muscles and prevent injuries.

Similarly, you should end the run with a relaxed cool-down stroll to help your corgi’s muscles recover and reduce the risk of post-exercise soreness. It’s not only good for them, but it’s good for you too.

4.       Appropriate Gear and Safety

Make sure you follow the traffic rules and always keep your corgi on a leash to prevent any accidents – for both you and oncoming traffic.

Choose a leash and harness that fit your corgi comfortably and securely, considering their size and build. The right gear ensures that your corgi is safe and well-controlled during the run.

By following these steps, you can keep your corgi safe while you’re out on your run.

What health issues could stop my corgi running?

Here are the top 3 health considerations to keep in mind before running with your corgi:

  1. Joint health and development: Corgis have a long back and short legs, which can put stress on their joints. Your corgi’s joints should be fully developed and healthy before starting any running routine. Wait until they are at least 16 to 18 months old to prevent potential joint issues.
  2. Weight management: While running can help maintain a healthy weight for your corgi, it should not be the primary solution. Excess weight can strain joints and lead to health problems. Consult your vet for advice on a suitable diet and exercise routine to manage your corgi’s weight effectively.
  3. Heart and respiratory health: Ensure your corgi has good cardiovascular health and respiratory function. Going for a run increases the demand on the heart and lungs, so a check-up with your vet can confirm if your corgi is fit for the increased activity.

Starting with a strong foundation of good health and fitness will set the stage for a safe and enjoyable run.

Running With Your Corgi: Step 3 – Environment and Conditions

Let’s dive into the world of running with your corgi. In this section, I’ll cover the ideal environment and conditions that make our runs together an absolute joy.

From finding the perfect location to watching out for pitfalls of the weather, I’ve got some tips and tricks to share to make your runs safer and better.

Where should I run with my corgi?

The best places to run with your corgi are soft surfaces such as grass or trails. These surfaces are gentle on their joints and paws, reducing the risk of strain or injury.

It’s crucial to choose an area with a flat or gently sloping terrain, especially since corgis have short legs. Avoid areas with steep inclines or rough terrain to prevent any discomfort to your corgi on the run.

You should pick places with pleasant scenery and natural beauty. A scenic route can make the run more enjoyable, and the changing surroundings can keep your corgi engaged and excited.

You must also check your chosen location is pet-friendly and allows dogs. No creeping around on private property! Respect any leash laws or guidelines in the area to ensure a safe and hassle-free run with your corgi.

Parks with well-maintained paths, dog-friendly beaches, or even quiet residential streets can be great options. Otherwise, it depends on where you live. Farmland and bush adventures are great if that’s near you. If not, it may need to be near a lake, a cycling trail, or even your local park.

It’s best to avoid running through the busy city and on concrete if you can avoid it; but if it’s necessary, be careful.

Can my corgi run in cold weather?

Yes, Corgis can run in cold weather. Corgis have a thick double coat that provides insulation and keeps them warm in colder temperatures.

However, you need to monitor your corgi during cold weather exercise to ensure they don’t get too cold or overexerted. I find you need to make sure they have access to water, and consider using doggy clothing, such as a coat or sweater, to provide extra warmth, especially if the temperature drops.

Always pay attention to signs of discomfort or distress so your corgi can stay safe and comfortable during outdoor activities in the cold.

Can my corgi run in hot weather?

You should avoid taking your corgi for a run during hot weather and in peak heat times (typically from late morning to early afternoon).

Running with a corgi when it’s warm out demands carefulness for your furry friend. Corgis, due to their short legs and thick fur, are susceptible to overheating.

Choose cooler times like early morning or late evening, and watch for signs of overheating: excessive panting, lethargy, difficulty breathing, drooling, or disorientation. If you notice these signs, stop the run, find shade, and provide water.

Always have ample water for both you and your corgi. Offer water regularly during the run and consider using a portable bowl. Before running, check pavement temperature with your hand. I find that if it’s too hot for your hand, it’s too hot for your corgi’s paws and could cause injury.

Monitor your corgi during the run. If they lag behind, seem distressed, or resist running, it’s a sign they might be too hot and need a break. Cooling vests can be helpful to regulate their temperature.

Keep runs short and moderate in hot weather. Avoid long, strenuous runs and opt for gentle exercises to prevent overheating and exhaustion. Take frequent rest breaks in shaded areas, giving your corgi a chance to cool down and catch their breath.

If uncertain about weather conditions or your corgi’s ability to handle the heat, prioritise caution and choose a cooler time for the run. Your corgi’s health and comfort should always be a priority.

Running With Your Corgi: Step 4 – Preparation

Running is a sport known for its accessibility and minimal equipment requirements.

Unlike many other sports that may demand specific gear, facilities, or setups, running is remarkably low-equipment. All you really need are a good pair of running shoes, comfortable clothing suitable for the weather, and a safe space to run.

Here’s a few things to keep in mind to prepare for your run with your corgi.

What equipment do I need to start running with my corgi?

Starting to run with your corgi doesn’t require extensive equipment, but a few key items will help you along the way.

Here’s a few things you should consider getting to make your runs with your corgi better:

  1. Running lead or harness: Invest in a suitable running lead or harness designed for dogs. This will allow for a comfortable and secure attachment between you and your corgi while running.
  2. Collar with ID tag: Ensure your corgi wears a collar with an identification tag that includes your contact information. Safety is a priority, and this will help in case your corgi accidentally gets loose.
  3. Water and portable bowl: Carry enough water for both you and your corgi, and a portable water bowl to keep your dog hydrated during and after the run.
  4. Poop bags: It’s important to clean up after your corgi during the run. Bring biodegradable poop bags to maintain cleanliness and respect for the environment.
  5. Treats and snacks: Bring along some dog treats or snacks to reward and motivate your corgi during the run. Positive reinforcement is key to a successful run.
  6. Weather-appropriate clothes: Wear weather-appropriate clothing to keep yourself (and your corgi) comfortable – particularly if it’s looking like rain ahead. Dress in layers that you can easily adjust during the run.

With these essential items, you and your corgi can start running together safely and enjoy a great workout while spending quality time outdoors.

How should I warm up and cool down when running with my corgi?

Warming up and cooling down are essential components of a safe and effective running routine for both you and your corgi.

Here’s how to properly warm up and cool down when running with your corgi:

How to warm up your corgi to run

  • Gentle stretching: Perform gentle stretching exercises with your corgi, with a focus on the legs, muscles and joints. Incorporate a few minutes of playtime or light activity, such as fetch or gentle running, to get your corgi’s muscles moving and engaged.
  • Start with a walk: Begin with a brisk walk for about 5-10 minutes. This helps increase blood flow to muscles and gradually prepares your Corgi for exercise.
  • Gradually increase pace: Slowly transition from a walk to a light jog, allowing your Corgi to adjust to the increased pace and intensity gradually.

How to cool down your corgi after a run

  • Gradually decrease pace: Towards the end of your run, reduce the pace to a walk to help lower your corgi’s heart rate and prevent abrupt stops.
  • Extended walking: Continue walking for another 5-10 minutes to allow the muscles to gradually relax and prevent stiffness.
  • Gentle stretching and rest: Perform gentle stretching exercises again to help maintain flexibility and prevent muscle tightness after the run. Focus on each leg and their back. Offer your corgi water and a comfortable resting area to recover and relax.

By incorporating a proper warm-up and cool down into your running routine, you help reduce the risk of injury and improve your corgi’s health.

Running With Your Corgi: Step 5 – Training

Embarking on this adventure with your furry companion is a delightful journey that not only keeps both of you active and healthy but also strengthens the bond you share.

Stepping into the realm of running alongside your corgi requires patience, understanding, and a sprinkle of know-how.

Here I’ll walk you through the steps to gradually introduce your corgi to the joys of running, making it an enjoyable experience for both of you. Leash up, lace those trainers, and let’s get those paws moving!

How do I train my corgi to go running with me

Training your corgi to go running with you can be a gradual process that involves building up their stamina and ensuring they are comfortable with the activity.

Here’s four steps to follow to help you train your corgi to run with you.

1. Ensure they are obedient and familiar with their leash

The foundation of any successful running routine with your corgi begins with obedience training and leash familiarity. Think of it as teaching your corgi the ABCs before diving into reading.

Commands like ‘sit,’ ‘stay,’ ‘heel,’ and ‘come‘ are fundamental. Practice these consistently in various environments to ensure your corgi is well-versed.

The leash and harness should be introduced gradually and positively, associating them with enjoyable experiences and tasty treats.

2. Start with short walks

Start slow and steady. Gauge your corgi’s comfort level with short walks lasting about 10-15 minutes.

Use this time to familiarise them with the leash, making sure they are at ease and happy during these initial outings.

3. Build to jogging

Once your corgi is comfortable with short walks, it’s time to introduce jogging intervals.

Begin with brief jogging bursts during the walk. For example, jog for a minute and then revert to walking. Gradually increase jogging intervals and reduce walking periods.

Praise and reward your corgi during and after the jogging intervals. Treats and enthusiastic affirmations create a positive association with jogging.

Corgis respond well to positive reinforcement, so don’t hold back on the encouragement!

4. Build your corgi’s endurance to run

Building on the previous steps, it’s essential to maintain a steady pace of progress.

Increase the jogging duration incrementally, aiming for a 5–10-minute increase each week, depending on your corgi’s energy levels and comfort.

Pay attention to their running form, ensuring a relaxed posture, a steady pace, and a wagging tail. Matching your speed to their stride is key.

Establish a consistent running schedule, aiming for 3-4 jogging sessions per week. Remember, corgis love routines, so a predictable schedule will make them look forward to their runs.

During your runs, monitor your corgi for signs of fatigue. If they slow down, pant excessively, or seem uninterested, it’s time to slow down or stop for a rest. Variety is important, so change up your running routes to keep things exciting for your furry friend.

Above all, cherish the time you spend running with your corgi. Celebrate their progress, no matter how small, and make this a bonding activity for both of you. Remember, patience and consistency are your greatest allies in this adventure.

How do I keep my corgi hydrated on runs?

If you’re taking your corgi for a run, keeping them hydrated is a must – either through water your take or water you find.

Let me share two top-notch ways to make sure your corgi stays well-hydrated during your runs.

Firstly, there’s the portable technique! Grab a portable bowl and a bottle of water before you leave the house. Then you can offer your four-legged friend a water break every 15 to 20 minutes. It’s like a mini-pit stop to keep them refreshed and ready to conquer the run.

Second, keep your eyes peeled for good drink spots on your running route. Many spots like parks or cities have water fountains that you can use. Let your corgi have a good sip there too!

Pay attention to your corgi’s cues. If you notice them panting like they’re auditioning for a jazz band or their gums are looking dryer than a desert, it’s hydration time. By giving your corgi plenty of chances to slurp up that H20, you’re setting them up for a successful run.

Is running a good way to bond with my corgi?

Running with your corgi can be a fantastic way to bond and burn off excess energy.

When you exercise, your body releases endorphins, those lovely ‘feel-good’ chemicals. It’s like a natural mood boost, leaving you and your corgi feeling fantastic. Plus, regular exercise helps regulate hormones and keeps your bodies in good balance.

Begin with quick runs and then amp up the distance as your corgi gets more endurance. Remember to cheer them on and reward them with some love during the runs.

Running With Your Corgi: Step 6 – Health and Wellbeing

Making sure your corgi stays healthy is important for a fun running session with your four-legged buddy.
In this part, I’ll dish out some tips and tricks to keep your furry pal in great shape while you two tackle those runs.

Is running good for managing my corgi’s weight?

Yes, running can be beneficial for weight management in corgis when incorporated as part of a well-rounded exercise and diet plan.

Regular running can help burn calories and improve your Corgi’s overall fitness, which is crucial for maintaining a healthy weight.

However, it’s essential to approach running and exercise with caution, especially for corgis due to their unique body structure.

Corgis have a long back and short legs, which can put strain on their spine and joints. It’s important to start slowly, gradually build their endurance, and monitor their comfort and well-being during runs.

Alongside running, a balanced diet is crucial for weight management. Consult your veterinarian to determine the appropriate caloric intake and feeding plan for your corgi to support their weight loss or maintenance goals.

How do if know if my corgi is tired from running?

Spotting if your corgi is tired after a run is important to ensure they’re not overexerting themselves.

Look out for signs like lagging behind during the run, heavy panting that doesn’t ease up even when they rest, a droopy or low-energy posture, or if they’re seeking shade or trying to lie down during the run.

After the run, observe if they’re reluctant to move, are excessively thirsty, or seem stiff or sore.

Always listen to your corgi and respect their limits – if they’re showing signs of exhaustion, it’s a good idea to give them a break and allow them to rest and recover.

What are alternative exercises to running for my corgi?

There are several alternative exercises and activities like walks, swims, and playtime that you can enjoy with your corgi if running isn’t suitable.

Here are some excellent alternatives to running for exercising with your corgi:

  • Walking: Regular walks are a fantastic low-impact exercise for corgis. They provide mental stimulation, promote bonding, and help maintain a healthy weight. Aim for daily walks and vary the routes to keep things interesting.
  • Hiking: Take your corgi on a hike through nature trails or local parks. Hiking allows your Corgi to explore new surroundings and offers a more varied terrain than regular walks.
  • Fetch and retrieving games: Playing fetch with a ball or toy is a great way to provide aerobic exercise for your corgi. You can also incorporate retrieving games, which engage their natural instincts.
  • Swimming: If your corgi enjoys water, swimming is a low-impact exercise that’s easy on their joints. It’s an excellent full-body workout that helps burn calories and keep them cool.
  • Doggie playdates: Arrange playdates with other dogs, allowing your corgi to socialise and engage in playful activities. It’s a fun way to keep them active and entertained.
  • Tug of war: Engage your corgi in a friendly game of tug of war using a dog-safe toy. It’s a great strength-building exercise and a way to bond with your furry friend.
  • Biking (With caution): Biking with your corgi using a specially designed dog bike leash or a dog-friendly bike trailer can be a fun way to exercise. Start slowly and ensure your Corgi is comfortable and secure.
  • Puzzle toys and treat dispensers: Use puzzle toys and treat dispensers to challenge your corgi and keep them entertained. This mental stimulation can be as tiring as physical exercise.

You must always consider your corgi’s well-being and choose activities that are suitable and safe for them.

Final thoughts on running with your corgi

Hitting the running track and getting out into the great outdoors with your corgi is a great way to keep the two of you moving and connected.

When you plan ahead, train smart, and keep your corgi’s well-being in mind, you set the stage for a running routine that deepens the connection between you and your cherished corgi. Embrace the thrill of running with your favourite furry sidekick today!

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