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Advice on Running With Dogs

Weigh In: My Running Buddy's Annoying Dog Habit

All you dog lovers out there will be able to relate to this fuzzy situation. Can you offer advice to this FitSugar reader?

My issue isn't a big one, but it doesn't mean it's not annoying, so tell me what you'd do. I have this running buddy I've been running with religiously for over a year. She recently rescued a dog and has started taking it running with us. This doesn't bother me at all, since this dog's excitement to run run run really inspires us to keep it up. The only issue is that every time we see another dog, which is at least three times during our outing, my friend thinks she is in this secret dog owner group with them. She feels compelled to stop, pet their pooch, and ask them 50 questions about their dog. It was cute at first because I'm a dog lover too, but all this stop-and-go isn't doing much to keep my heart rate and endurance up, and it's also tacking on at least 15 minutes to our morning workout. I don't want to be rude, but I also don't want to be late for work. Any suggestions?
— Running Out of Patience

As someone who walks and runs with their dog, I've definitely gotten stopped before to chat, and while it's fun, I can understand it getting annoying after repeatedly happening. If you have any experience with this or any suggestions, please share your comments below.

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Brendelwoman Brendelwoman 7 years
I think after a bit she will get over this desire to visit every dog. But if she doesn't maybe just tell her beforehand that you need to get back by such and such time. Go ahead and finish w/out her if necessary; she should understand.
Spectra Spectra 7 years
Here's what I'd do. Jog in place while she stops for a few seconds, then say "Hey, I know her dog's cute, but let's let them get on with their walk. It looks like (insert her dog's name) wants to finish our run!" That'll let her know that maybe the other person doesn't really want to stop and talk for twenty minutes, either.
secondstar secondstar 7 years
I think Juniemoon made a good suggestion. It's non-confrontational, but it shows her that you'd rather keep up a nice pace. Your friend should get the hint.
chloe-bella chloe-bella 7 years
I bet that if she knew it bothered you, she would feel bad. The next time she stops to talk to a fellow dog owner, I would probably say something to the effect of, "Hey, I don't want to sound bitchy, but it seems like we've been doing that (stopping and talking) a lot lately, and I feel like all the starting and stopping is really throwing me off. I love dogs and everything, but I feel like I don't do as well running when I have to keep stopping. Sorry if I sound high maintenance!" If you say it in a nice way, I'm sure she'll apologize and be more considerate in the future!
Beaner Beaner 7 years
If it were me, when she stopped, I'd say something then like, "ooh, I"m gonna be late for work if we keep stopping, can you talk some other time?" Then on the run, I'd suggest to her about going to dog parks to meet other dogs and their owners, or just taking her dog for a walk in the neighborhood later to meet the block's pooches. She probably doesn't think stopping all the time on your run would be annoying since she's so excited about her dog.
tlsgirl tlsgirl 7 years
I would just be honest and say that while you love running with the new dog, you only have a limited time for your runs together in the morning and you feel like the stop and go isn't allowing you to get as much out of it as you could. She might not even realize how much time she's spending since she's caught in the newness.
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