Safety tips for running with your dog in the summer

Safety tips for running with your dog in the summer

Temperatures have been soaring recently, and although it feels like we can celebrate the fact that summer is here, it’s also an important time to look after your pup. 

We’ve popped a few important tips below regarding dogs and hot weather running:

1. Take your dog for a run in the early morning or late evening when it’s cooler – avoid the midday heat.
2. Go on shorter runs and stay in the shade where you can – your dog requires less exercise in the summer.
3. Bring plenty of water for drinking, and cooling off if necessary. Remember to take a collapsible bowl if your dog will not drink from your Camelback or water bottle. Take frequent water breaks – your dog can’t tell you when he/she is thirsty.
4. Run near water. Your dog will be able to cool off in the water; even just dipping their paws in will help.
5. Run on grass wherever you can, pavements get very hot and can burn your dog’s paws.
6. Consider run/walking. This will give your dog a little break to cool down.

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Taryn and Rocco
Taryn and Rocco

Taryn and Rocco

In 2015, three consecutive injuries resulted in Taryn Preston, 32, from Manchester seriously damaging her knee. In May 2016 she had to undergo surgery to have her knee reconstructed using bone and tendons from her leg.

Basic things became huge tasks, things like sitting down in a chair or trying to put on socks were now a massive challenge for Taryn, not to mention painful. A flight of stairs could take up to 10 minutes to climb and she would have no energy left at the end of it. Taryn’s independence was removed as she was unable to drive for six months and she had to adjust to becoming socially isolated as she was only able to work from home. 

Two months before surgery, Taryn had been gifted a dachshund puppy, Rocco. Her recovery now meant that he was relegated to spending time in separate rooms for fear of him accidentally jumping and knocking her scars as she couldn’t move out of his excited way quick enough. As Taryn was getting used to relying on crutches, she was unable to hold his lead. Coupled with the fact that she couldn’t get very far, in the time it took her to walk 50 metres, he had been taken 1km and back by her parents.

Slowly things began to improve as Taryn regained some strength and function in her leg. Of course, Rocco was over the moon that the restrictions on their time together were lifted and he was able to enjoy more of Taryn’s attention. 

Taryn said: “As my confidence increased, I was able to take him back on solo walks which we both loved and it all aided my physio and recovery. These started at 50m slowly increasing the distance up to 5km and gradually increasing my speed to keep up with him.”

It became a daily routine to attend physio and then walk Rocco which they both benefitted from. 

Taryn said “I am now much further along in my recovery and this is why we have entered the Dog Jog. I am not too sure that i will be able to manage any jogging but my dog understands this and will simply love the atmosphere and being around everyone else. We will be striving to power walk the course and Heaton Park is where we spend most of our time so it will be a home from home for him. I want him to be able to enjoy something dog related and for him and cannot wait for him to receive his goody bag when we cross the finish line!”

Please wish a massive good luck to Taryn and Rocco who are taking part in Dog Jog Manchester this Sunday!

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Puppy love – fluffy bundle brings joy after heartbreak

Puppy love – fluffy bundle brings joy after heartbreak

Brendan Fay and his cockerspaniel Tilly are taking part in Dog Jog Milton Keynes this October to raise money for Saying Goodbye, a charity which provides information, advice, and support to anyone who has suffered the loss of a baby.

On 11th August 2016, Brendan and his wife Emily suffered a devastating miscarriage and didn’t know where to turn for support. Brendan wondered how his wife would carry on and 2 weeks later found Tilly, a beautiful puppy who was as old as his wife would have been pregnant. Brendan describes Tilly as “his wife’s little saviour”.
Then, one night whilst in front of the sofa when Coronation Street began the story of when Michelle miscarried, there was an article on Facebook saying ’Saying Goodbye’ were there to provide support and Brendan and Emily soon came across their Facebook page.
Brendan said, “Saying Goodbye just ’get it’, they have mainly supported my wife, Emily by talking to her and allowing her to have open support from her ’befriender’ as and when she needs it. They allowed us to grieve for our baby which before talking to them we’d never done.”
Brendan has become one of 1,000 Fundraising Champions for the charity and Dog Jog Milton Keynes is one of four events he is taking part in to try and raise £500 this year.
He said, “I am looking forward to taking part in a completely unique, fun afternoon – it’s not often your dog gets to take part in events with you!”

Taking place from July-October, the 5K events are aimed at all ages and abilities which will reap great benefits for both owner and dog. The events are set in some of the most scenic settings throughout the UK, encouraging runners to have a ‘bark in the park’ with their K9 companions.
Dog Jogs are all about a friendly, relaxed and fun atmosphere for everyone involved with no time limits or pressure. Each participant will receive a Doggy Bag jam-packed with goodies for both runner and dog to enjoy post-race.
The events are also a great way for participants to raise money for a charity they really care about, whether it be a dog-related charity or otherwise.

Brendan said “Nearly a year on and our precious baby will never be forgotten but Tilly has helped to fill a very empty space. I couldn’t think of a better event to help raise money for such a worthwhile charity.”

You can supprt Brendan’s fundraising efforts by donating to his JustGiving page here – https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/brendan-fay.

For more information on Saying Goodbye, please click here.

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Dog Jog Checklist

Dog Jog Checklist

With less than a month to go until the first Dog Jog 5km, the team at Run4It want to help you improve your run on the day! To do so, we have put together a checklist, compiled of items which we believe are absolutely essential for you to enjoy your run:

1. Correctly fitted shoes
2. Running socks
3. Sports bra for ladies
4. Comfortable clothing



It is easy to purchase a pair of ‘sports shoes’, they look smart and are available in your size – done! Or you just need to dig around to the bottom of your wardrobe until you find those trainers from years ago. However, we recommend that you think differently about your footwear for the Dog Jog. For it to be ‘fun’ you need to avoid injury, blisters or muscle aching, therefore it could be time for new shoes! At Run4It we recommend that you have your feet analysed by one of our team through our free runlab shoe fitting process. A simple 15 second jog in bare feet can tell us whether your feet need a stability shoe with extra guidance and support, or a structured neutral shoe with lots of cushioning. It is amazing how much of a difference correctly fitted shoes can make! If you are new to running, this is the one thing to get right.


If you have looked after your feet by getting the right shoe, then it is the perfect opportunity to accompany this with the right sock. The rule is simple: no cotton! Cotton retains moisture/sweat which can cause bacteria to build up and the foot to become irritated by the damp sock – most commonly resulting in blisters. To avoid this, look to running socks which contain synthetic fibres (such as nylon) to wick away moisture and allow the foot to breathe. Running socks can vary in comfort, based on the padding they have in them, as well as sock height and colour, so there are plenty to choose from!

Sports Bra

80% of women are wearing the wrong size bra. 75% do not wear a technical sports bra when running. Sound familiar? It is said that no sports bra should ever reach a birthday, so for most women it is probably time for a sport bra fit! Not wearing the correct sports bra can affect your running gait and posture, it can cause up to 4cm of movement in the breast tissue and irreversible damage, and it can be really uncomfortable when you are trying to enjoy your run! This is why we place sports bras as an essential piece of kit. No matter you cup size, band size, or preference on bra style, you should always be able to find the perfect sports bra for you!


If the feet are comfortable, you need the kit to match. With running tops it is the same as with socks, avoid cotton! A cotton top not only shows sweat and begins to smell much quicker, but it can also cause irritation and rubbing under the arms or on the chest. A technical t-shirt is much lighter and less restrictive around the arms – and it’s not an expensive piece of kit. As most of the Dog Jogs are in the summer it could be warm, so consider a vest or t-shirt and if you are worried about being cold on the start line make sure you have a layer on top that you can quickly pull off and put to the side, or pass to a friend, before you start running.

Accompany your top with a good pair of technical tights or shorts to be fully comfortable. Within shorts every runners’ need should be covered: you can get shorts with longer lycra liners to prevent chafing; shorts with a split leg so that you are completely unrestricted; or simple lycra shorts that sit close and don’t move up the leg.

If you can check off every item of our checklist then you are good to go! If this is your first run, enjoy the experience and if you have done events before then welcome back! ☺

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