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?
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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.
Charlie (foster) and Rocky
The short answer is yes, it is too soon. Wait another 6 months for unrestricted exercise/jogging/running is concerned.
Karen and the gang
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BBI Kodi's Blackpowder Striker (Flint)
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.
Debi and Bauer
Some people are like slinkies. Not really good for much, but bring a smile to your face when pushed down the stairs.
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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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