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    DefaultHow old does your puppy lab have to be before you run with them?

    Hi everyone,

    I have a 10 month old lab (60lbs) and I wondered if it is too soon to take him on jogs with me (~3-4 miles). I have heard mixed things on the topic because I know it's not great for their hips if you start while the growth plates aren't set. I've heard anywhere from 6 months to 2 years. What do you guys think?

    Thank you so much!

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    when joints are done growing which is usually in the ballpark of 18-24 months. You can x-ray to check if they are closed earlier if you want to start but not this early.
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    The short answer is yes, it is too soon. Wait another 6 months for unrestricted exercise/jogging/running is concerned.


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    I agree with the above. I waited until Bauer was 20 months or so, and at 5.5 years old he is the best running partner ever!!

    Prior to running concentrate on good leash training, making sure that your dog doesn't walk too close and follows your lead. Bauer was a close walker, and we had some trouble when we first started running together (mainly that my left shoe was always very dirty because stepped on my foot). We had to do some work on leash distance, and now he is perfect.
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    Thank you, thank you, thank you!

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    When you start, be careful about doing too much on concrete/pavement. Build up to longer runs. I found with mine that running will tear the pads up a lot quicker than walking them. After they toughen up for a couple weeks, it was no biggie.
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