Post # 1
What age did you stop running with your older dog?
Or do you still run with your older dog?
My dog was doing 10 miles hikes last summer (did 30 miles in 3 days too!) and she’s having trouble jogging with me 1.8 miles (and I’m pretty slow!). More like just lagging behind. Although she is not as stiff these days as she was went we started a few weeks ago. So maybe that is a good sign?
She is 9.5 and a lab/pointer mix. The vet said she was in great shape.
Just not sure when to call it quits for her running career (and just go back to our leisurely walks, mellow hikes and playing ball in the yard) or start out more slowly to get her into shape.
Maybe use some food supplements like glucosamine?
Post # 3
@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
Glucosamine is a good idea. I would also start taking it easy, it is still good for him to get some exercise.
Post # 5
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 # 6
I guess 9.5 is kind of old to pick up a running career, huh?
She still lives for her walks out to the school yard, and she’ll play ball for hours in the yard. I guess some day that will go away too.
I will look into some glucosamine stuff to put in her food.
Post # 7
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
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
@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 # 10
Up until this spring, most of our “walks” were me riding on the bike and her trotting along side me with a flexi leash. She loved the pace – she galloped or trotted (I make her sound like a horse) . It seemed that I did not walk fast enough, and at the time I did not run. Then 6-10 mile hikes on the weekends.
I tried the bike with her this spring and she was very lagging, like when we were running. It’s not like she did not get any exercise over the winter – we cross country skied most days or I’d take her to the soccer field next to my house.
So yes, this does seem kind of a big change to me – and I’m not sure if it’s her age all of a sudden or something else (hence my post). She’s going in for her bordatella shot this month, I will talk to the vet.
You know I did give her a supplement the vet recommened. It was a powder that went on her food. Maybe that stuff really did something for her. We ran out of it a while ago. I think it had glucosamine in it.
Could there be another issue that makes your dog not a fan of running with you?
I’m trying to think of other things. Everything does seem to be very similar to our biking “walks” (same leash, route, sidewalk, etc).
Post # 11
@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!
Post # 12
We went for a run last night again. This time I added walking. Like run 3 blocks, then run 1 block. She seems to be handling it much better after this run. I think add that powder mix to her food and that may be the answer for now.