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    Question running with my dog

    I have a 16-18 month old mastiff cross, he is my regular running buddy , just wondering how far is to far for him to run- we currently run between 3-6km most days of the week, but someone who trains dogs for a living has told me that that is to much. I thought considering he is a big boy i was doing the right thing by exercising him. I have always said that is why he is such a good dog coz he gets warn out with exercise. I always go very early morning or in the evening- Deeg would go twice a day if i would- is it really to much for him?

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    what is the cross and how long have you already been taking him.....We have large breed dogs too and we have always been told to wait till they are 18 month old before strenuous tiring exercise. We start medium exercise at about 12 months. i did not even start my weight bearing water exercises (pulling in the water) with my girl until she was 18 month. But I have swam her since she has been 16 weeks. Many large breeds get problems from "pounding" type exercise be it arthritis type problems later or elbow/knee problems. But I have also know dogs that have been OK...I think it depends on what his ortho gene pool is and we never really know until it is too late. I free walk my dogs from about 12 month they set the pace and are off lead....With some I have found they do not want to go even 1km and others could go forever. The exercise is good for the brain in a lot of dogs, but for the larger breed i think it might be just a little too far. That said if the cross is kelpie or BC........It might not be such a big issue. you will not notice any problems in his youth. All these problems will show up when he is older. Unless he actually does a elbow/knee injury during the running......This is just what most large dog breeders will tell you.

    And there are always exemptions, large breeds that have been hard worked from puppies that have survived ( by rights these should be the ones bred from), but overall........
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    His parents were both Farm dogs, we were told he was german Shepard x mastiff x blue healer, but looks a lot like a mastiff- I spoke to the vet about it before i ran him coz i had read mastiffs were lazy buggers and he said " to see how he went" I probably didnt start running with him til he was 11-12 months old regularly. I trail run as i was told for my own joints it was better so hopefully it is for his to. He isnt interested in swimming, i stop half way through runs at a big pond and he'll dip his feet in but wont go any further.

    I feel really bad, i thought i was doing the right thing.

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    With that farm dog cross, don't feel too bad.....I think he is lucky to have someone who cares enough to spend the time with him. being left in the back yard with no attention would be worse.

    Just tone it down a little, so that he is not as tired after a run......I think the farmdog cross makes a huge difference, I think personally
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    Thanks so much i feel so much better, i will slow it down and maybe run him every second day ( he will be very upset to see me run without him, probably sook at the window til i get home) He is a fantastic dog, lives inside with us and is a huge member of our family. I see my neighbors who never ever walk there dogs and i hear there constant bored barking, i was just trying to prevent behavior issues ( was very prone to digging before we started running) i really was just trying to do the best for him.... looks like i mite have to drag my teen son out running with me a couple days a week. ( hubby hates me running on my own)

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    ...you care and that is so sweet....maybe a walk and run on the alternate days and you can go out again for your longer run...Playing your dog's advocate here
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    I think farm dog cross makes a huge difference also.

    You are doing more good, than not id say. Keep going, when dog is tired, rest up some. With my working dog, he needs to be switched off, or he'll work all day, every day. So relying on him to tell me he's tired is not going to happen. Keep this in mind, and you will continue to have a dog, that traditionally would tell you to bugger off when invited for a run (mastiff) but really enjoys time with his favourite person. That's a lovely recipe for a happy dog in my opinion.

    Working dogs are high drive dogs. They are NOT like pets, and should not be considered in exactly the same ways.

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