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Puppy Jogging

Hi Bailey,

I have a 4-month-old golden retriever who is full of energy. I would like to take him jogging with me (about 5km every Mon, Wed and Fri) and walk on the other days. Is this ok or is he too young. Would it affect his hips?

Thanks,

Julian


Bailey's Reply:

Dear Julian,

How fantastic that you want to jog with your dog! I take my person jogging several times a week, whether she wants to go or not. I love to chase the squirrels while we run. It's so much fun!

If you want to jog with your puppy, take it very slow and easy to start with. He's only four months old, and his joints and bones are still growing. You don't want to put too much stress on them.

“My canine opinion is also that you should talk to a licensed veterinarian about exercise with your puppy before you start.”

My own canine opinion is that jogging 5km three times a week is a bit too much for such a young pup, regardless of his energy level. Then again, I'm just a dog.

My canine opinion is also that you should talk to a licensed veterinarian about exercise with your puppy before you start. When it comes to your pup's physical well being, there is no better source of advice.

Again, sniffs and licks to you for wanting to take your dog out jogging. Happy trails to both of you!

<wags!>

Bailey


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