(Closed) Running with an older dog

posted 5 years ago in Pets
Post # 3
5967 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: April 2018

@sienna76:  Oh honey…they all kind of run down at their own pace…my greyhound is 11 but he stopped wanting to go out on walks three years ago…it’s not so much the run, as it is time spent with you, so if you slow it down, or do your run solo and a special walk with her, I’d let her set the pace, getting old is hard, watching a dog do it, unbearable….

Post # 4
4275 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: April 2012

Glucosamine is a good idea. I would also start taking it easy, it is still good for him to get some exercise.

Post # 5
602 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: December 2013

I let each of my German Shepherds tell me when enough is enough. My current one is 5 and doing good but we have to take the year off. I thought she was to young to not keep up any more but it turned out her paws got worn down and arent as callused as before which makes it very tender for her

Post # 7
53 posts
Worker bee

   This may be a stupid question, but are you sure that it’s not just a pacing issue? My dog around 9 (she’s from the shelter, so I’m not quite sure what her age is) and loves to play fetch forever. But when I try to run with her, it just doesn’t work out. Her run is too fast for me to keep up with, but her trot is too slow. We just can’t keep up with each other! Could this be the problem? I also know that she really doesn’t like running with a harness clipped at her chest because the leash smacks her in the face. Could there be another issue that makes your dog not a fan of running with you? 

Post # 8
580 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

I haven’t run in months due to being pregnant (I’ve heard it’s safe to run, but I haven’t had the energy), but we have a dog that is 11 that ran with me every step of the way…and could beat me any day. Unless something has drastically changed in the last few months, I’d say she could still run with the best of them! However, I have always been careful not to overtax her, and I am a pretty doggone slow runner on my best day! 

Post # 9
1026 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

@sienna76:  You may just need to change where you are running. As dogs get older two things happen- 1) the pads on their paws can wear down making them more sensitive to hot pavement, rocks etc.  2) Their joints don’t have as much “padding” so they feel a lot more painful impact when running on hard surfaces like pavement or hard packed dirt.  

If you can try running in a field (maybe around a soccer field or playground) or on a beach, basically anywhere that has a softer surface. 

Post # 11
1333 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2014

@sienna76:  Hey!  I have a 10 year old German Sherphard whom is slowing down, so I get it!  The vet said they will let you know when enough is enough, not vocally (obviously), but physically.  He said that when they cannot get up an entire day after workout, it is probably time.

Sometimes, she can still keep pace, and my pace varies day to day; energy vs. wind vs. weather, etc.  And sometimes she cannot.  When she cannot, and I know I am slower, I feel she is just being lazy and not ‘giving up’ on the long or short jogs we take. 

Here is what I have done to help her ‘feel better’ and help me get that exercise time with her bc she is aging:

1) I jog for about 30 minutes on my own, then swing back by the house, and leash her up for the last 15 minutes (by then, I am slowing down anyways).  This seemed to be a good balance when I noticed (like you are now) that perhaps she is slowing down.

2) When we return, I give her a baby aspirin wrapped in cheese.  It really has helped her – or seemed to have helped her – not lay around much thereafter.

3) I add a scoop of NuPro (joint and immunity) over her dog food twice per day.  I buy a large container of it on Amazon.  I have seen a HUGE difference in her energy.

4) I rub her muscles for a bit in the evening, probably overboard, but she loves her dog massages.

As I see it, it has kept her going ‘longer’, especially in age and breed.  She still gets VERY excited when I lace up my tennis shoes, but probably bc she knows I always come for her eventually. Hope this helps! 

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