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Okay, first it would be necessary to know what at what pace you run. I'm slow as molasses these days, and Mojo at 10 months is very capable of running with me at a 10 minute mile pace for a couple of miles. That is actually about his normal pace, and if I walk he is wanting to be ahead of me.
If you run 8 or 9 minute miles, and more than two, I would say your dog may not be up to it. I certainly ran fast and far with my 40 pound mutt, who was always capable of going farther and faster than I, but a toy breed is a toy breed, and they are taking many steps to your one.
So the answer is, it depends on what your idea of running is, and it depends on your dog. And the problem with dogs is that they often will push to please you and you may not know if it's too much. With Mojo, I always know, because if he doesn't want to walk or run, he won't walk or run, and he doesn't give a hoot what I want to do if it's different. But you need to know your dog, to know if he/she will push beyond limits.
Always, you have build strength and endurance slowly, and remember that puppies are more vulnerable than dogs...which is why trainers will generally not allow you to begin agility until the growth plates are closed, at least one year of age.
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