Can Your Labradoodle or Golden Doodle Be A Good Running Buddy?

Are you a runner? Do you want to get a dog who can be a great running buddy too?

It’s important to note that not all dog breeds are built for running. Some are better as lazy couch babies, while others can hit the trails at lightning speed. When you’re thinking of bringing home a furry friend – particularly if you have your sights set on doodles - you need to consider if that doodle breed is built for speed or distance running.

Here we take a deeper look at whether Labradoodles and golden doodles make good running partners or not. Let’s get started.

Bred to sprint

Here’s the great news: Both golden doodles and Labradoodles are excellent runners. Labrador retrievers, golden retrievers, and poodles are extremely athletic dogs. They were bred as work dogs who assisted hunters by retrieving dead prey. By merging the athletic prowess of these breeds, we now have exceptionally strong pets who can run great distances without tiring.

So, whether you plan on taking your dog out for a short 2-mile jog or on your ultra-marathon, know that both golden doodles and Labradoodles will hold up well to high physical activity.

Making your run with your doodle a success: Helpful tips

  • Don’t make your pup run until she is at least six months old

Puppies under six months have very soft bones and tissues that are still developing and strengthening. Making your young pup run when she’s too young increases the risk of permanent limb injury. Consult your vet about the best age to start running with your golden doodle or Labradoodle.

  • Train your pup to be obedient on her walk

Running with a dog might look fun, but it takes a lot of coordination and focus. You need to be able to control your dog at all times to ensure her excitement doesn’t make her too rowdy on the road.

The best way to do this is to train your dog to listen to all your commands when you’re on a walk. Lessons like - leaving smaller animals alone, not nosing around the bushes, and keeping time with your strides - are important.

  • Start slow and short

When you start out, go slow and go short. Give your pup the time to develop the stamina she needs to run long and fast. Keep an eye out for signs of fatigue, such as:

  • Shortness of breath.
  • Sluggish movements or limping.
  • Excessive whining and resistance.

You should also track your dog’s changing personality as she grows to understand if she wants to run or not. Just because they are running dogs by birth, it doesn’t mean your doodle will want to run.

Buy the right pet products before you head out

The right pet products can ensure your run with your dog is enjoyable and safe. A non-retractable, hands-free running leash is necessary for the first few years. Don’t let your labradoodle or golden doodle off-the-leash until you’re 100% sure she can run without supervision.

Also, invest in a good-quality reflective jacket. It’s necessary if you plan on going for early morning or late evening runs. You should also buy a travel-friendly water bowl and food bowl for your pet. These are great when you’re doing ultra-marathons.

Groom your doodle before the run

Running can overheat your dog’s body tremendously. If you’re not careful, your pet might suffer from a heatstroke. As dogs with really thick coats, both Labradoodles and golden doodles will overheat faster than short-haired breeds.

If you live in a region where the climate is hot or you plan on taking your dog for really long runs, it’s best to shave-off the thick coat. Pet grooming can allow your dog to run faster (lesser resistance when running) and avoid getting heat stroke.