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Is it safe to let my dog run?

Hi all,
I am a runner, and I know our little dogs can't run long distances, but is it ok to let them jog a bit? I went out for a run today and took MAggie for a mile of it then ran her home so I could finish. At certain points she all out ran and alot of the time she walked super fast which kept up with me. Is this ok? She is going to be 7 months. What do you think is their limit in a day? I loved having her with me today, I felt like I killed 2 birds with one stone, I got part of my exercise done and so did she. She really enjoyed it. Just don't want to hurt her legs in any way. Thanks for the advice.

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I don't know about distances but I do know that you must check her paw pads a lot, especially if you are on pavement. My Aussie has the most delicate pads I have ever seen. I had to go rescue her when the hubby tried to run with her. 1/2 mile and she was bleeding.

How far do you usually walk her every day? I wouldn't think taking her while you warm up would bother her.


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A few things here.

First, no "serious" exercise until she's two years old. Bones, joints, and tissues are all still in formative stages until then. It's OK (and good) to exercise her. But not "steady state" exercise. That's what is damaging.

Second, it depends on a lot of factors. Are you keeping her in full coat or puppy cut? How warm/cold is it? What is the humidity like? You need to think about a LOT more variables when running a dog.

You need to start slow - maybe 1 mile, 2-3 times per week. Work up SLOWLY. Much more slowly than you think is necessary. And as you increase distance, keep a VERY watchful eye. The thing with dogs is you *really* need to know how to read them. Because especially with a breed like Havanese, they will literally run themselves into the ground to make you happy. So you have to know your dog well enough to realize when it's time to stop.

Having said that, I have a staffie who trains for marathons with me. As in, she'll do my 18 mile run with me. Then come home and initiate play with DH, while I'm gasping like a fish out of water and asking for a foot rub...

Tango (hav) is old, but when she was younger, we walked 2+ miles per day. Bandit doesn't particularly like to run with me. We tried it and he's capable, he just doesn't prefer it.

But I did have a pomeranian who worked her way up to 4 miles with me. Full grown she was 6.5 lbs, and her tiny little legs would look like a little blur as we jogged. I was very careful not to run too fast with her. She could only go with me on recovery days, but I took her out about twice a week. Took about 6 months to work up to the 4 miler, but she absolutely loved it.

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Kodi will go for a 3-4 mile hike with us and still want to chase squirrels on the way back to the car. But as Kudo said, this is much different than keeping up a steady pace while running. Kodi is worn out after running 3-4 agility courses, especially if it's warm out. Obviously, the distance isn't that long with agility courses, but they run fast. These are little dogs with short legs!. Also, Kodi is in full coat (though I do clip out his belly to keep him cooler in the summer) which I'm sure impacts his endurance and recovery rate.

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