Cindy, I would still stay with 1-2 miles on the next few months, just to be on the safe side. Maybe you could find a one mile loop to do several times and drop him off at the car (in a crate) after once around? Birgit
Thanks Brigit. According to what I am reading it is much older for labs than smaller dogs, like 18 months. Charlie is 6 1/2. DO you think trails ar safe? I know he does usually stop when he wants to but I can't carr him anymore lol He is about 55# now! I would just have to walk him back...
Cindy, yes, the growth plates closing are the reason to wait. When this happens varies from one breed to another but even from one line of Labs to another. This does not mean they should not exercise at all before then. That will make a dog fat. It's just important that they can stop when they want and if possible no long stretches of asphalt pounding but trails. But I think you are doing that anyhow.
Re-visiting this issue. I have read a few articles now that say you shouldn't run a large dog at all until their growth plates are closed. Does anyone have thoughts on this? I plan to ask my vet, as she is a lab owner and recommended I wait to neuter him to help his joint and bone formation. I am not sure when I will be able to do this though, as he has no upcoming needs. I may just call the office.
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Thank you for that guideline. The vet said to give our Chica who is being treated for tic disease lots of rest but I think she needs a bit of mild walking anyway. She is doing much better now. We walk the two dogs twice a day, once 20 mins. and the other time about 30-35.
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Thanks Brigit, that helps a lot. He just turned 4 months and can walk with me about 3 miles. I have only taken him on trails so far, and a short couple walks on pavement. He does just stop and sit when he is tired and then I carry him back, although he is soon going to be too big for that. So far we have not run very far, I was trying to ease both of us in with just a few jogs here and there. I will deinitely be using this information!
Here is a rough guide for puppies that mature at the typical speed of a lab: Nothing on leash at all until about 3 months old except walking. 3-6 months: let him run along but no pushing him to keep up by pulling on the leash, max. 1 mile 6-12 months: still nothing more than 2 miles unless off leash and he can stop whenever he wants 12-18 months: dog is now closer to physical maturity and can go along for about 3 miles, but avoid running in hot weather/middle of day in summer over 18 months: dog is physcially (though not emotionally) mature and can handle running longer distances as long as you build him up gradually the way you would for yourself Be aware that dogs bond strongly and will almost kill themselves to keep up with their owners, which is why it is often a very bad idea to exercise the dog with a bike, or worse from a car. If you make a dog exercise, especially continuous running, especially on hard surfaces before physical maturity expect orthopedic problems later on which labs are prone to anyhow. Hope that helps, Birgit
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How old is he? Puppies are still growing, so you don't want to run to long until he is full grown. I would say no longer then 20 mins. at the beginning. As he grows you can extend the mins. One good thing with Labs is, once the are full grown, they can run a good distance.
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I am training for a half marathon and am starting out very slow as I am out of shape. I am bringing my puppy with me, but is there a point when it is too much? He is a yellow lab. Thanks for any input.
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