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post #1 of 23 (permalink) Old 01-17-2011, 06:41 PM Thread Starter
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Running with my GSD

I have gotten back into running and would love to take my GSD with me but i dont know how to start out. I run about 3 miles a day and didnt know if i should work the dog up to my distances or just get out there and see how she does....any ideas?
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How old is she?
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she is 5 months
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If you're running on streets or sidewalks, I'd hold off on the running until she's at least a year. Too much pounding on undeveloped joints.


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ok so at a year do i ease her into it
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I agree, that's why I asked her age. She's not done growing fully until she's 18 months to 2 years so I wouldn't do any running with her right now.
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I guess it depends on your definition of running. I "run" too-- takes me 35 or 40 minutes to do a 5k. I find that most dogs can keep up right away and wonder why we're not going farther. You just have to see how she does. If you're speedier than me you might want to ease her into it slowly.


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I think she would be fine. I make 3,5 miles with mine everyday, not running but walking (march) and he loves it. I think you should try to do the 3 miles with her but walking and then see if she's fine with it. then try it with the running.
I have one friend that makes more than 10 miles running with his GSDs every morning and they're fine.
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ups just saw her age now.
for a 5 month old puppy you should walk with her (not running) 1,5miles (2,5km) everyday. then when she's 8 months she should make 3,5 miles (5,5Km). I agree with the others running for too long only after 15/18 months
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ok so here is my plan
-wait until shes at least a year
-work her into my pace (im doing low 24 min 5k's)
-watch her reaction it should be fun for both of us (she is super lazy....loves to chase a ball or kid for about 10min and then she is over it and will lay on the bed all day watching tv)
-keep her hydrated
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