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post #1 of 7 (permalink) Old 10-14-2015, 07:47 AM Thread Starter
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A question on age and running.

I'm a long distance runner, and ever since Archer was old enough to run with me he has done so in a harness. I limit his long runs to 10 miles maximum, the bulk of our mid week runs are between 3- 8 miles usually. For longer weekend runs I leave him home and my husband takes him for a walk.
I've recently signed up to do an ultra race, about 32 miles long, but a lot the race is trail running with 70% of it incline. As a result I've taking to training in the Dublin mountains. Again, Archer comes with me for the shorter runs and most of this would be off lead.
Now hill work is tough, but he seems to really enjoy it. Still, I'm slightly concerned. Archer will be 4 in March and I suppose I'm just asking if it's appropriate for him to be running as much as he does. In terms of health he is a lean dog, raw fed, intact male with a good attitude. He's never lame and always eager to go. He's covering roughly between 30- 40 miles a week, with Saturday given to more sedate walks and every Sunday off to laze around, eat and annoy the cat. He's not a working line GSD, but rather a WGSL.
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( the photo I attached is one of the trails we run, he has access to water on all runs)
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Oh, this is another example of some of the harder trails, this is the 8 mile course-
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I'm no expert but 3-8 miles sounds fine to me. It all depends on the dog and his training. If he is happy and not having any health issues then I think it is fine. If you want to run him more than that then I would gradually introduce more miles and see how he does.

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I'm no expert either, but at 4 years old, he is in his prime, and if you are not seeing any ill effects, then I say have a blast with him!

My dog has a lot of stamina too, and in the summer when we go to the cottage, I'm on the ATV and she's running behind and we are gone for a 4-hour tour of the lake. I do take breaks, and the lake is always beside us, so she can always cool off. She LOVES it!!!!

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That's guys, I'm just being cautious I suppose. I'm not going to run him over 10 miles as I think that's a good limit for him, he's tired after that- but he's very fit and as long as he stays enthusiastic I'll carry on so. Thanks!
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I'm no expert either, but at 4 years old, he is in his prime, and if you are not seeing any ill effects, then I say have a blast with him!

My dog has a lot of stamina too, and in the summer when we go to the cottage, I'm on the ATV and she's running behind and we are gone for a 4-hour tour of the lake. I do take breaks, and the lake is always beside us, so she can always cool off. She LOVES it!!!!
Sounds fun! In the 8-mile pic, if you squint, you can see him laying down in the water to the right of the track, he loves cooling his 'jets' that way
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Congrats on your long distance running. Dog run sounds real good, he is in nice shape. Nice trail, wide open. Good luck on your ultra run.
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