(Closed) questions for those bees who run with their dogs…

posted 8 years ago in Pets
Post # 3
1137 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2011

How old are your dogs? That’s something to take into consideration.

While I take “jogs” with my dogs – it’s nothing more than 1/2 a mile. From our vet, and as well as what I read, dogs weren’t really meant to be run extended periods of time. They do “sprints”, basically running for small bits at a time, but that’s it.

Talk to your vet about it – they may recommend joint supplements early on (both our dogs are on them – the one has been since he was 6 months old for preventative measures).

Post # 4
5 posts
  • Wedding: July 2011



I might be able to help a little bit! My fiance and I run with our dog, and sometimes he does become overheated. You need to be careful because they can overheat–dogs can’t sweat like we do (how we control our body temperature). They sweat through their paws, and by panting. The first time we took our dog for a run, he terrified us. At the end it seemed like he was near a heart attack, he was panting so hard. When we brought him inside, he could barely get off the ground and took a long time to recover.


Keep your eye on them. They probably aren’t as fit as you are. They’ll work up to it though, just like you had to gradually increase your mileage too! If they’re panting that hard, you might be going a little beyond their comfort. It took us a while to figure out where our dog’s fitness level was at. Age also plays into it–apparently you shouldn’t run with a dog who is younger than a year old (ours was too young for prolonged running, which we didn’t find out until after the fact).

Hope that helps a little.

Post # 5
322 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: April 2011

I agree with the other posters – age and temperature make a big difference on how far your dogs can run.  I run w/ my 3 yr old great dane and my 6 yr old ridgeback mix.  My ridgeback can easily outrun my great dane (and me!), although he’s starting to slow down as he gets older. 

When it’s cold out, I can run close to 4 miles with both of them (before I poop out), but I live in Houston, TX and I can only run 2-2.5 miles MAX with them in the summer because of the humidity.  Also, it take some time for them to get used to running like that every day – took mine about a year before they were both able to keep up. 

Post # 7
238 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: April 2012

It is good exercise for them too, but it can take a toll on them. I have heard that dogs will often run past what they should, because they want to please their owners and just keep running instead of being like us and stopping when we’re exhausted or injured. As PPs and OP have said though, just ask your vet next time you’re in!

Post # 11
1058 posts
Bumble bee

I jog with my dogs every other day and I run/walk at a fast pace about 3 miles with them, but I had to wait because you can’t jog with dogs too young otherwise it can mess up their hips.

My dogs are 1 1/2 year old and 2 year old huskies. They are very high energy dogs and need the high energy exercising which is why I started jogging in the first place.

For me I have to watch the temperature because my dogs will overheat, but they are good in 70 degree weather. If it’s 80 degrees I will walk them and anything higher than 80 degrees we don’t exercise.

Post # 12
1488 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: March 2012

I agree with taking them to the vet to have them checked out before too much longer. My heeler will run for miles if I asked him to, but then he wouldn’t be able to move. He thinks he’s in shape, but it takes longer for dogs to gain the muscle needed to run long distances than it takes us and since they aren’t able to tell you they’re tired and hurting, they’ll go as long as you ask them too. Definitely slowly work them up to running long distances. With my heeler I we started out walk/jog/running 1 mile 3x a week and every week I’d add on .5 miles. We’re up to 3.5 miles now, but whenever he starts to lag behind we go down .5 miles for a week so he can recover some.

Post # 13
1488 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: March 2012

Oh, also, just as a Public Service Announcement to anyone who takes their dogs outside, if you dog ever seems really hot and looks like they are over heating NEVER put cold water/ice on top of their head, it can give them severe brain damage almost instantly.

One way to cool them off is to pour hydrogen peroxide on their paw pads. Like a PP mentioned, they sweat through panting and their pads, so when you pour the HP on the pads, it evaporates really quick and cools them off faster. If you don’t believe me, pour some on your arm/hand and see how quick it evaporates and how cooling it is. haha

Post # 14
3199 posts
Sugar bee

good luck with this, we have a black lab and he definitely overheats if we aren’t careful. I would always let your dog dictate the speed/distance. If mine is dragging or wants to plop down, i give him a breather! (we go on 6 mile hikes/jogs)

Post # 16
11165 posts
Sugar Beekeeper

@stephanie63087: All in all it depends entirely on the dog.

I run about 2-3 miles every other day or so and while one of my pomeranians (yes I run with a Pom, funny sight!) LOVES to run and keeps up very well the other is nearly passed out after a couple blocks.

I would ask your vet if you see any signs that your dog is struggling more than just being tired out after exercise, acts like they are in pain or are having difficulty breathing. Obviously heat/humidity will tire out a dog much like it would a person so just keep an eye on them. As for their feet they don’t need anything unless you are running in snow or terrain that would cut/injure their feet, the asphalt is a natural nail clipper too.

You know your dogs better than anyone and will know when something is off. Oh and water on their paws works well too as a quick and simple cool down.

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