My Furry Running Buddy [Fitness Friday]


Two years ago this week we brought Chewie dog into our lives. He was 8 months old at the time and I was dying to take him running. Of course, you’re not supposed to run with dogs until they’re a year old plus it was summer and it was hot. So, I waited until October and then off we went.


People ask how I taught him to run with me and not stop every five feet to sniff or pee or chase birds. Well, he’s not perfect but he definitely knows when we’re on a run that we’re working and not playing. He only pulls on the leash when he see a squirrel (or a bird) and even then it’s only for a second.

He gets super excited when I ask him if he wants to go for a run. He’s always up for any distance ย and we’ve even done a few 10 milers together. However, he’d never run an official race since most races in the Chicago area don’t allow dogs. Plus, he’s not always the most well-behaved on-leash when there are strangers around so I wasn’t sure about bringing him somewhere full of people. But, I decided to chance it for the inaugural Top Dog Division at the Super Sunny 5K.


He was SO well behaved! He only barked at one person (sorry, Emily!), let strangers pet him and give him treats, and even made friends with the women at the Pet Supplies Plus tent. And, of course, he ran the 5K with no problems.


I, however, did not have the best race of my life. That’s okay, though. I got to run an official race with my furry running buddy! We didn’t win an award, sadly, but now we have goals for next year.


8 replies on “My Furry Running Buddy [Fitness Friday]

  1. Bethany @ Accidental Intentions

    Oh my gosh. Can we discuss how happy Chewie looks in the first photo? He seriously looks like the happiest dog in the entire world. I’m impressed with his running ability! My dog wasn’t very good at running in general (he’d get very distracted, and I’d get very frustrated, so I never bothered trying to train him how to run without stopping at every single tree), but he really tapped out at about a mile or so and would want to walk the rest of the way anyway. He certainly could not handle 10 miles!

    1. Erin @ Loop Looks Post author

      I fully admit I was bribing him with his favorite treats the entire time (I have one in my hand, in fact). But, yes, he LOVES to go running and he’s such a mama’s boy that anytime he’s with me he’s super happy.

  2. Anne

    Happy 2 year anniversary with Chewie! ๐Ÿ™‚ That’s awesome that he’s such a good running buddy! He looks so happy to be running with you! Jude always treated a run like “work” too – he’d be all over the place walking, but always stayed on-task when he ran. We’re still working on endurance with Heidi, though she does like to run in small bursts (like when we see a cat in the neighborhood).

    1. Erin @ Loop Looks Post author

      He gets all excited when I put on my running shoes ๐Ÿ™‚ I started him with three miles and then, when we went to the dog park and he still had energy, I knew he could go for longer.

  3. Alyssa

    Awww good job Chewie! I’m impressed he is able to run 10 miles with you! That’s awesome! I am still building up Holly’s endurance–she can do about 3 miles now. But I think then she gets bored and doesn’t want to run anymore! Ha!
    I really like your leash belt- I may have to invest in one of those!

    1. Erin @ Loop Looks Post author

      It’s SportLeash brand and I really like it. My first one broke and when I contacted them they said send it back and then they sent me a new one free of charge. It helps when he does decide to chase a bird or a squirrel that he’s not yanking my arm out of my socket.

  4. Xat

    How fun, I’d love to be able to go running with my dog! It didn’t work out with my current dog, so I’m asking the Universe to make it happen with my next.

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