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02-17-2014 04:29 PM
Harry and Lola I wouldn't allow my dogs to run along a bike until at least 3 years old. I'm not keen on them running for long periods of time on hard surfaces during critical growth periods.
02-17-2014 04:28 PM
The disease is often exacerbated clinically with high exercise activity. An underlying osteochondrosis appears to play a role in the pathogenesis of this disease. Chronic inflammation associated with this disease may predispose to osteosarcoma, although this has been rarely reported[7].
The onset of disease occurs between 5 months and 10 months of age
Osteochondritis dissecans - Dog

A few that I have spoken to (who I consider knowledgeable on GSD health) on this subject say to wait until 18 months for a GSD but the majority state they would wait until 24 months and have vet x-ray with vet stating growth plates have closed and no problems are showing up.
02-17-2014 04:04 PM
Originally Posted by TexasCrane View Post
Can somebody provide a link to a study that shows running is harmful to young dogs?

Here's "evidence"...don't know if that constitutes a "study" but sounds close

However, there is evidence to support that there is an increase in the severity and incidence of elbow dysplasia and OCD in dogs who experienced "forced exercise" before their growth plates closed. Note that OCD is not obsessive compulsive disorder! Clients usually look shocked and laugh uncomfortably when joint OCD, which stands for Osteochondritis Dessicans, comes up. OCD is basically growth abnormalities in the cartilage that can cause lameness.

How Much Exercise is Too Much for My Puppy? | petMD

I have no idea if PetMD is factual or bogus...

02-17-2014 03:54 PM
stmcfred I take Lola out to a local wooden area that has paths. I run and let her run off leash, she gets to set the pace and we stop when she wants. Our pace is usually 12 min. miles. Our longest distance was 5 miles and a few miles of that was just walking. But it's usually around 3. I also do not have her go more than 3 miles multiple days in a row.

(I actually have her on a 20' line, but I don't hold it. She has a really good recall, but I have this just as a backup)
02-17-2014 03:28 PM
TexasCrane Can somebody provide a link to a study that shows running is harmful to young dogs?

I wonder if the common thinking has evolved from the idea that running causes problems for humans. Humans have problems from running because they use ill-designed "running" shoes that encourage (even force) you to land on your heel. Of course that will cause issues over time. However, if you land on your midfoot (like you'd see a top distance runner do), the impact on your body is dramatically different.

Don't don't have heels to land on. I'm not saying that the conventional wisdom about what age you should start running your dog is wrong, but I'd like to see some data. We used to think that it was bad to let pre-teens and young teenagers engage in strength training and we now know that it's actually good for them. Sometimes conventional wisdom is sound and sometimes it's based on bad or mis-informed science.
02-17-2014 03:26 PM
e.rigby I took Murdock mt biking when he was 5 months old. We did 1.5 miles at most, and at a moderate pace with lots of breaks. I'll slowly work him up to more. When mtbing he's not attached to the bike, the trails are wooded trails (not paved) and he's given plenty of breaks whenever he wants them. I would be a lot more cautious to take a young dog out on pavement..
02-17-2014 03:21 PM
Originally Posted by ODINsFREKI View Post
Go run cement barefoot and tell me how it feels.
It feels just fine thank you very much.
02-17-2014 02:41 PM
SuperG I have used the same criteria for all 4 of the dogs I have had over the years....they are old enough for biking when their paws can reach the pedals....and NO !! ..I do not make them wear helmets.

02-17-2014 01:43 PM
Originally Posted by Saphire View Post
Please don't follow this advice. I believe most breeders say 18-24 months as a guideline. 5 months is much too young and you risk damaging growing bones specifically joints.

They lost me on the age but, they nailed it on the pavement.
02-17-2014 01:40 PM
ODINsFREKI Please don't run your dog on paved surfaces. Keep them on a dirt trail or pasture.

You will wear your dog out if you run them on hard surfaces.

Wait till they hit 3 and they check out in the hind quarters.

Nothing bothers me more than people running their dogs hard on a bike on paved surfaces. If you can't do it, your dog shouldn't either. Go run cement barefoot and tell me how it feels.
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