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Do Dogs Get Runner's High?

There's compelling evidence that dogs experience "runner's high," a euphoria-inducing buzz experienced by regular runners and other athletes. The discovery, published in the Journal of Experimental Biology, could mean that nature rewards many animals with this pleasant feeling, encouraging them to run and jump around. David Raichlen of the University of Arizona and his colleagues wrote that "a neurobiological reward for endurance exercise may explain why humans and other cursorial mammals habitually engage in aerobic exercise despite the higher associated energy costs and injury risks, and why non-cursorial mammals avoid such locomotor behaviors." In short, we're fools for exercise becaus...

Best Dog Breeds For Running

Sure, most fit canines could thump us in a 5-K, but anyone who has ever watched leashed runners at a local park knows that some animals are better athletes than others. But how does your dog rate? Or if you're searching for a perfect running partner, what kind should you pick? Not surprisingly, it depends. There's no perfect running breed for all conditions, and a dog's personality and temperament are as important as its pedigree, says Susan Dicks, D.V.M., an Albuquerque-based veterinarian and marathoner. Mongrels can make fine runners, espeically if they're medium-sized, alert, and eager. Some breeds, such as huskies and greyhounds, were bred to run, and most working dogs are naturally su...

Carrie Maria runs with a homeless dog for The Monster Milers. Many of us dream of working with animals, and still more of us dream about helping animals in need. One lucky couple found a way to do both through their Philadelphia-based pet-sitting business, The Monster Minders. Getting Started The Monster Minders began when Carrie Maria placed an ad as a dog walker online while looking at graduate schools five years ago. "It kind of blew up," Carrie tells us, "and two months later, I realized I could make a living walking dogs, and be really happy doing it. So, we [Carrie and her husband, Lindsay] just kind of ran with it, and we now have 18 staff, hundreds of happy clients in Philly, and b...

Ben Westhoff Each week, Ben Westhoff shares the ups and downs of owning Pippi, the dalmatian mix he and his wife, Anna, adopted as a puppy in late 2009. Pippi fancies herself an athletic dog. When we take her to the dog park or the home of our friends Dev and Lawrence -- who have a fenced-in backyard and a zippity-doo dog of their own named Moose -- Pippi will run around like crazy, chasing balls, sticks, her companions, whatever. She doesn't care, so long as she's permitted to run at top speed, without interruption, for hours. But we recently put her stamina to the test when we took her on a hike through the hills of Harriman State Park, near the New York/New Jersey border. In fact, for ...

Miss California USA Tami Farrell runs with her dog. Why shouldn't you? GABO, bauergriffinonline.com It's not the end of the world for most of us when we put on a pound or two over the winter, but for dogs, it's a much bigger deal and definitely detrimental to their health. Fortunately, there are tons of fun ways to get fit with your favorite furry friend, and in this column, we're looking at some cardio options. If none of these ideas inspire you, think about what it is that you really like to do, then talk to your vet, a dog trainer, or a few puppy-loving pals to come up with ways to involve your four-legged friend in your exercise routine. Pre-Workout Prep Before you start on any exerci...

Getty If you're a runner and an animal lover, chances are good that you've taken your dog running with you. And that's great. In fact, recent studies suggest that dog owners get up to eight times as much exercise as a regular gym-goer. But in order to keep your dog safe and healthy, you need to be informed. Some breeds are natural runners and obvious choices for running partners. Greyhounds, for example, are particularly fast, while many hunting dogs have amazing endurance. Mid-sized mutts can make fantastic jogging buddies, too, because they aren't prone to some of the purebred hereditary disorders. Even if your dog is a great runner, don't assume you can just start in with long, hard ru...