Golden Retrievers · Running

Lessons from Training with Barley for the Columbia Gorge Half Marathon

Hey! Want tips on running with your pup? You can read my guest post on the Ruffwear dog blog!

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How To Train Your Dog to Be Your Long-Distance Running Companion in 6 Simple Steps

Story and Photos Contributed by Becca Marx


Before I get into how to train your dog to be your long-run running buddy, I want to point out that the title of the article says “Simple” steps, not “Easy” steps. Training Barley, my 2-year-old, hyper-active Golden Retriever, to run the Columbia Gorge Half Marathon with me, was not an easy process. But looking back, it was simple.

I dreamed about going on runs with Barley the day we brought him home as an 8-week old pup. It was one of the things I looked forward to most, even before we had decided on Barley. I wanted a medium-large dog that could accompany me on runs in the early mornings and evenings, especially in the winter months when there are so few hours of daylight.


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