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At What Age Can My Puppy or Dog Start Running With Me?

The age at which a puppy can start running with you also depends on the breed of the dog. Smaller breeds can usually start running at around 10 months old, larger breeds from 12 months and giant or naturally heavier breeds from 15 months. For this exercise lets refer to your pal as a young dog rather than puppy stage.  It is important to start slowly and gradually increase the distance and intensity of your runs as your young dog gets older and stronger.

Here are some tips for running with your young dog:

  • Start with short, slow runs and gradually increase the distance and intensity as your puppy gets older and stronger.
  • Make sure your young dog is well-hydrated before, during, and after your runs.
  • Take breaks often to let your young dog rest and drink water.
  • Choose a soft surface for your runs, such as grass or dirt, to protect your young dogs joints.
  • Avoid running on hot days or in hot weather, as this can be dangerous for your young dog.
  • Listen to your young dog and stop running if they seem tired or uncomfortable.

If you have any concerns about running with your young dog, talk to your veterinarian. They can help you determine if running is safe for your and can give you tips on how to make it a safe and enjoyable experience for both of you.

Here are some additional things to keep in mind when running with your young dog:

  • Make sure your puppy is fully vaccinated before venturing out.
  • Always keep your youngster on a leash when you are running.
  • Be aware of your surroundings and avoid running in areas where there are a lot of other people or animals.
  • Be prepared to stop and pick up after your puppy (poop bags and dispose of responsibly).

Running with your young dog can be a great way to get some exercise and spend time together. Just be sure to start slowly and gradually increase the distance and intensity of your runs as your puppy gets older and stronger. 

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