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Jambo 06-13-2014 06:11 AM

Running with you buddy
Hi everyone, my pup will be born in about a month or so and one of the activities that I would love to do with my dog is run. And I was curious as to if anyone here runs regularly with their GSD.

If you do I got a couple questions:

1) What is the distance and the length of time that you run?

2) At what age was the dog when you started running with him/her and/or what age do you recommend that I start running?

***Note that I understand the next couple questions may be "run until she is tired or stops running". However, I feel like many people may push their running buddies too hard and not know it because there are no "visible signs", then an injury occurs. This is the reason why I think knowing a things like max distance / max time will give me a ball park idea of what is too strenuous and unhealthy for the dog to prevent injury and make a suitable running plan.***

3) What is the max distance / max time you recommend I run with the dog when starting?

4) What increments should I increase the distance and/or time (for example: humans should increase their mileage per week by 10% to avoid injury)? And what is should the run distance / time be capped off at regardless of age?

Pawsed 06-13-2014 09:06 AM

Please read my pup's story here:

He was jogged for 2 miles a day from a very early age and is now paying the price for it. It will be several months months more before he shows any improvement. Please be very careful with your new addition.

Jambo 06-13-2014 10:42 AM

Oh yeah that is EXACTLY what I am trying to avoid.

I have no immediate plans to run with the dog until it is good and ready, especially when it's a puppy and/or still growing.

I've done some research and looks like most people say around 18 months would be the time to start. But I'll also be taking recommendations from my vet and more experienced people too.

Pawsed 06-13-2014 11:17 AM

Thanks for taking the time to read that. Sounds like you are doing all the right things and I'm sure you and your pup will be great together.

The folks here are very kind and knowledgeable and very willing to help. I'm new here as well and I feel it's a great group of people.

Best wishes for you and your new family member.

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