Running with Dog

posted 3 years ago in Pets
Post # 3
545 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

@MrsD41503:  It’s best to check with your vet but many do not recommend taking a dog for runs until a certain age and it may depend on the breed.. We were told to wait until 8 months and to start with only a mile or two at a slow pace. 

Post # 4
6969 posts
Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: August 2012

I would recommend waiting until at least a year and preferably 18 months so the growth plates have a chance to close.

Post # 5
463 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

@MrsD41503:  How big will your dog be?  Mine is 120lbs at 2.5 years and the vet has only just said that it is okay to start running with him.  The bigger they are, the longer it takes for them to grow, and therefore the longer you need to wait before running with them.

Post # 6
2197 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: March 2013

We were advised to wait until a minimum of a year with our lab. She is now 1.5years old and we still don’t run with her. We want to be safe and not risk hip dysplasia. She gets most of her excercise through fetch, long walks, and running like a mad woman at the dog park. 

Post # 8
557 posts
Busy bee

I miss running with my parents dog so much! He and I had such a great time and I still used to take him out when I would go back and visit them, but the past few years have not been nice to him and now he can barely walk around the block 🙁 I have 2 goldens and I could never take one with out the other and taking them both would be suicide!

If you live in an area with a lot of snow/ice you need to watch out for their paws, even if they are big, “hearty” dogs.


Post # 10
233 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2014

As she is a small breed I would also get her checked for any luxating patella issues (very common in small breeds, it’s where the ball of the knee joint does not sit in the socket and can slip out causing the dog to “skip”) before you take her for a jog as if she does have even a low grade patella high impact exercise could make it worse.

Post # 11
6166 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: October 2013

@MrsD41503:  check on the breed, but it was recommended i don’t take my dog out for more than 5 miles, 3 miles is best.  i have a beagle.  i started trail running with the dog when he was 4-5 years old, when he came to live with me.




Post # 12
5518 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: November 2012

DH takes my dog on runs in spring-fall for several miles.  Sometimes shes barely tired afterward.  She’s not the brightest, it took her a while to run straight. 

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