5 Reasons to Take your Dog to the Next Local Race

If you have ever been to a marathon, triathlon, 5K or any other race event it’s hard to miss all the dogs that come out and show their support. Instead of avoiding the next local race in your area because of road closures, take advantage of the opportunity! Here are some great reasons why you should bring your furry friend out to the race!


It motivates the athletes

Imagine being tired, having just hit the wall and suddenly, you see a little wiggly tail and a sweet dog smile on the side of the course. That would definitely give me a boost of energy! According to Meg Olmert, author of Made For Each Other: the Biology of the Human-Animal Bond, when humans see a dog it triggers a biological effect that has a calming and therapeutic effect. Our bodies release adrenaline, serotonin, and oxytocin, which bring down our heart rate and blood pressure. Just bringing your furry best friend to one race will help bring a smile to so many people.



It’s good for your dog’s health

Getting outdoors helps reduce anxiety, stress, and boredom (for both you and your canine buddy). Vitamin D from the sun helps with bone health, reduces the risk of illness and helps keep energy levels up.  Walking around the course with your dog is great for heart health, weight management, and muscle health.



Your dog can make some furiends

Since there are usually other dogs at events like this, it is a great opportunity for your little buddy to make some new fur friends! Socializing your dog can help them develop confidence and develop appropriate social behavior around other dogs. Please remember to always keep your dog on a leash, and ask the parents before you let your dog approach a new furiend.



New experiences are good for your dog

New experiences are mentally engaging which can make for a happier dog!  Positive experiences in new situations can help ease anxiety, reduce fear and make your pup happier.



Free stuff for the humans

Most of the time, race sponsors have booths set up around the course and at the finish line. They tend to give out freebies such as beer and food. Not only will your dog enjoy the race, but you will too! I usually bring a couple of treats for my dog so he doesn’t feel left out of the free stuff.



Please keep I mind that you should always read your dog’s body language and attitude in every situation. If they feel uncomfortable, it is best to remove them from the situation.





Olmert, M. D. (2010). Made for each other: The biology of the human-animal bond. Cambridge, MA: Da Capo Press.


Feature image photo by Andrii Podilnyk on Unsplash


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