|10-14-2013 12:26 AM|
I'm with boomer11, how/where you are running is much more key then the distance.
If it's off leash on grass, so the dog can pace itself on a softer surface, I'd say you were fine. But on leash and pavement I'd be more careful for a few more months.
|10-14-2013 12:17 AM|
|10-05-2013 03:27 PM|
|J and J M||I think it is too young. The dog should be at least one year. The question is not if the dog can do it, the question is should the dog do it. The bones are not set yet at seven months and especially at 5 months. This could cause serious problems later in life. This is the mistake I made when I was 7 years old and had no patience. I'm an adult now and know better.|
|10-05-2013 02:36 PM|
Chance is now five months old and runs three miles with me (mostly every other day), but he was exercised properly from an early age (proper muscle development without stressing his joints). He barely pants (although I would say that my pace is not exactly blistering) and could go further. GSD's are designed to maintain a steady gate for long distances, but proper early development is important.
|09-09-2013 11:35 AM|
|1sttimeforgsd||I am no expert on the subject, but I would wait until the dog was older so as not to do any damage to the growing process. Maybe someone with experience on this will chime in later.|
|09-09-2013 07:32 AM|
Exercise and Development - Running?
7 and 1/2 month old shepherd. If at least 5 days a week in the morning I took him on a 3 mile walk + 1 mile jog (so 4 miles total), would I be putting too much strain on his joints since he is not full grown yet?