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How Dog Running Benefits More Than Just Your Dog’s Overall Health


As pet owners and dog lovers, we already know that walking our dogs is an essential part of being a pet parent. Dogs, like humans, need exercise to enhance both their physical and mental health.

But did you know that dog running can be even more beneficial to your dog’s overall well-being? That’s right, and due to our crazy obsession with doggos, we here at My Dog Spot want all our pet parents to be informed.

Doesn’t your fur baby deserve a happier, healthier life? Let’s talk dog running!


What Is Dog Running?

Dog running is pretty much exactly what it sounds like; running with your dog.

Any dog owner can become their dog’s running partner, which is great because running your dog not only benefits him, but it can also benefit you!

Of course, if you loathe running, that’s fine too.

My Dog Spot is now offering a professional dog running service with an experienced and trained dog runner!

As our exclusive My Dog Spot dog runner points out, a hour-long run two to four days a week can have incredible benefits to your dog’s overall health, behavior, and quality of life.

Sounds amazing right?

Still, before you jump in and start running your dog on your own, My Dog Spot recommends that you check in with your vet to make sure your dog is in ship shape to begin running and that it will benefit him, not harm him.

If you’re in the market for a local veterinarian to contact, we recommend the TLC South Pasadena Pet Medical Center.

TLC is open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year.

You can reach them at:

Phone Number: (626) 441-8555

1412 Huntington Drive South Pasadena, CA 91030


What Kinds of Dogs Benefit Most from Dog Running?

All types of dogs can benefit greatly from dog running, with the exception of older senior dogs and young puppies, or dogs with special health needs.

“After I start with a dog, owners often tell me they see a difference in behavior almost immediately.” Says Adam Tinkham, professional dog runner at My Dog Spot.

Adam also notes that one of the most important things about dog running is a consistent schedule.

One run a week is not going to benefit your dog but having your dog on a running schedule two to four days a week, as mentioned above, can have immediate and long- lasting results.


Let’s Take A Look at Some of the Benefits of Dog Running

Dog running is an excellent outlet for high-energy dogs and can help to:

• Promote physical health
• Promote mental health
• Promote a longer life expectancy
• Reduce behavioral issues due to anxiety and stress


Should I Hire a Professional Dog Running Service?

As we mentioned above, anyone can begin a running routine with their dog. However, not every dog parent has the time or desire to run.

If you find that your dog is high energy, anxious, or otherwise just needs to get out or get into shape, then hiring a dog walking company like My Dog Spot could really benefit you and your dog.

Not all companies offer a professional dog running service, which is just one of the reasons My Dog Spot is your one-stop shop for your dog care needs!


Meet My Dog Spot’s Professional Dog Runner!

Recently, My Dog Spot was joined by professional dog runner and experienced athlete Adam Tinkham.

“I have been a long-time runner and athlete who discovered trail running and ultra- marathons later in life,” Adam says. “Running the trails and the roads is a regular part of my life now.”

Adam owned his own dog running business in Chicago for seven years, and we are so proud to have added him to our My Dog Spot team!

Join our running club with Adam today! Your dog can run in a group of up to three other dogs depending on his personality or needs, or he can run one on one with Adam Tinkham.

For prices and more information about My Dog Spot and our dog runner Adam, contact us at or visit us at!




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