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Running with my dog...

Discussion in 'Dog Training and Behaviour' started by reuben1804, Aug 18, 2009.

  1. reuben1804

    reuben1804 PetForums Newbie

    Aug 18, 2009
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    I have a fit and healthy 2yr old black labrador in good shape. There is no history of joint problems or other health issues in his breeding.

    I have recently started cycling to work and back every day, about 6 miles in total. About 3 miles of that is on tarmac or hard surface.

    My dog runs alongside me, he is not on a lead so not forced to run at uncomfortable speeds and can stop if he needs to.

    I would like to check that running 6 miles a day, 3 miles on hard surface, will not be doing any harm to his joints, paws, heart etc

  2. rona

    rona Guest

    Hi and welcome.
    There is obviously going to be more pressure on the joints from running on hard surfaces, paws are easy for you to check and if you are worried at all about the heart, get it checked by a vet.
    Having said that, 6 miles doesn't seem excessive to run your dog daily and he is fully mature.
    If I was you I would just go a little slower on the hard surface part of the trip :)
  3. Bobbie

    Bobbie PetForums VIP

    May 3, 2008
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    My son has a 5 year old lab with which he power walks 7 miles with most days this is on hard ground the dog loves it.
  4. Vicki

    Vicki PetForums VIP

    Jul 28, 2009
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    I've been cycling to work with my dog about that same distance, but on hard surface most of the time. My dog seems to be fine and is now in better shape than ever :) So I think it's okay for your dog as well, since he doesn't have any health problems.

    However, it's important to regularly check the dog's paws so that he's not injured.The extra exercise this summer made my dog very thin, so I had to feed him a little bit more. I might be wise to check so that your dog doesn't get too thin. I also always bring water so I can make a short stop and let my dog drink, especially if it's hot.
  5. Badger's Mum

    Badger's Mum PetForums VIP

    Mar 23, 2009
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    Bet you don't have to clip his claw's:)
  6. dobermummy

    dobermummy Banned

    Apr 4, 2009
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    Sounds like he enjoys it, and as long as he has plenty of water he will be fine. :)

    I want to try biking with mine and have been thinking about one of the bike attachments because I know they would try and go under my wheels :rolleyes: :eek:
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