Post # 1
I am been trying to increase the amount of jogging and walking in my life. I really like walking with my dog, but I am a little concerned now that it’s getting warmer. She’s a Boston Terrier, a little over 2 years old, and 13 pounds. She is a ball of energy and literally pulls me the whole way on our walks/ jogs. Of course, BT’s are very short nosed which can lead to breathing issues. We got back from our walk today and I noticed that she was incredibly hot and was panting. We only went 1.3 miles/ about 20 minutes (I mostly walked today because it’s super humid and it bothers my asthma). Some of it is a little hilly, but it was all on the sidewalk. Because it was a short distance/ time, I didn’t talk water with me for either of us.
If you have a short nosed dog, have you ever had any problems with your dog breathing after exercise? How long of a walk do you take without taking a water bottle/bowl? Is there anything else I should be aware of?
Also, we have been walking for a while now and she hasn’t had any problems. I’m more concerned about the heat causing problems.
Post # 3
I have a french bulldog, unfortunately he is not able to do long stretches, and we live in texas so we are in the mid 90’s during the day, so …i know… i know …its dorky, but we push him in a jogger stroller that is made for kids (we got it for $15 at a flea market and he loves it!). He is included without over exerting himself. The heat really makes my guy have a rough time cooling down he pants uncontrolably and drinks to no end. I have had Bostons before and they seem to have similar problems to the frenchies. Good Luck and stay cool!
Post # 4
I have a pug and I was told to not walk her more than a block or two when it’s over 80. I keep the ac on for her too. They do get overheated very quickly so I’m really careful with her:)
Post # 5
We have 2 bostons, and while they enjoy going on walks, they get tired pretty quick. We just let them run around the yard for about a half an hour and it seems to get their energy out.
Post # 6
Btw I believe it’s brachycephalic.
Post # 7
@Emilylhenderson: You are totally right. It’s definitely brachycephalic.
Thanks everyone for the suggestions. It sounds like I might be expecting too much from her. I certainly don’t want her to be harmed due to long walks!
Post # 9
I edited this because it was too wordy.
The rule of thumb for brachys is 45-80 degrees is optimum workout weather. The hotter it gets, the more danger there is for heat and cold related issues. Your dog will let you know when they’ve had too much so long as you don’t push them. Take water, and you should be okay. 1 mile is a hell of a workout for a Boston. My boxer doesn’t even like to go 1 mile.
Post # 10
Also, brachycephalic breeds can also have issues with their nares or palates that can cause further breathing/exertion problems. Its really only normal for these breeds -to a point. Bostons are particularly active and many should have good exercise tolerance.
Your boston does not look particularly short/flat nosed so I might talk to your vet about what to expect from her or if there are any other underlying issues.