Running with dog in front

Hello, wasn't sure whether to post on a running forum or dog forum but I've had some good advice on here in the past so...

I run with my dog, a 2 year old Jug (Jack Russell x Pug) twice a week in addition to my usual runs on my own. I recently did a parkrun with him and he managed a very respectable 21:01. Problem is he will not run in front of me, only behind... it doesn't matter if i run at 10 min/mile or 6 min/mile, he wont do it!

While this isn't a problem for most runs it is difficult to gauge what speed/distance he is comfortable with particularly in one off cases like parkrun where I ran him faster than usual. Does anyone have any advice on how I can train him to run in front of me?

For info I use a lead that clips onto a running belt and a harness. This is different to the lead I use for walking and he recognises the difference and gets excited when he sees the running gear come out so I know he does enjoy the run!

Thanks in advance!


  • YnnecYnnec ✭✭✭
    Jack Russell's are independent thinkers and they like to sniff; it's in their nature. If you can, let him off the leash and see how that goes.
  • He just needs to learn how to. Get someone to run in front with him on a lead and attached to you by harness as well. Person in front starts running leading him but you run behind. Give him a treat and a fuss if he does it right. Good luck.
  • Thanks,

    Ynnec, there is no chance of letting off the lead, he can be quite aggressive towards men for some reason so I just dont take the risk! he doesnt really get distracted by sniffing etc anyway he just stays behind!

    redbikejohn, I like that idea of having 2 leads to get him used to being in front of me. I think I will try and talk someone from my club into giving me a hand with that!
  • YnnecYnnec ✭✭✭
    You've probably already read the following link, but it's got some good info:

    If all else fails:

    Jogging Dog Strollers
  • I've never been but it's on my to-do list...are there any canicross groups near you that might be able to give you some guidance?
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