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.
( the photo I attached is one of the trails we run, he has access to water on all runs)
Last edited by Arlene/Archer; 10-14-2015 at 07:52 AM.