I take Ada the Dog with me on most of my runs.
Obviously, Ada is a sleek muscular beast who is built to run marathons.
So, I’m not worried about her endurance.
However, as my training runs get longer, I’ve started worrying about her fueling.
Since we live in the Pacific Northwest, usually there are plenty of puddles for her to drink out of while we run. But, I want to make sure she stays hydrated, so I bought her a doggie backpack so that she can carry her own water and doggie bowl.
But, I’m also worried about her fueling. As a human, I need to fuel on long runs because apparently my glycogen stores get depleted after 1 hour of cardiovascular activity. If I don’t refuel during a long run, I’ll get tired and run down, and may “bonk.” But, is the rule the same for doggies? I can’t figure it out!
This past weekend, I brought some dog food along on our run, and I stopped a few times to give Ada the Dog a handful.
The risk here is bloat. Bloat kills dogs. One rule for preventing bloat is to not allow dogs to eat when they’ve recently been exercising.
Sooo…I’m confused on this. I do not want Ada to die of bloat. I do not want Ada the Dog to bonk. So what’s the right thing to do?
I’ve given it some thought, and if Ada the Dog was a wild dog, she would probably have to run for more than an hour without food. So I think she’s probably unlikely to bonk. Next time, I don’t plan to bring food along for her on our run. However, I’m completely confused on this subject. My Googling has yielded no clear advice.
Do you know anything about fueling dogs on a long runs? Are dogs likely to bonk?