Running/jogging with Sheltie

Posted by donald-chinnici
Dec 5, 2016
Hello, I'm about to get my first pup in many years, a Sheltie. So I've been reading up on understanding training and behavior to maximize both of our enjoyments. However, this question I can't find anywhere. I run, for a hobby; as much as five miles and more. I read that herding dogs can run without distress, but how far would be appropriate for a Sheltie? And how would I work up to this with a pup? What exact signs would I look for that the dog's had enough, and to stop for that day. I'm prepared to break up my runs to do dog first, then finish out, if necessary. Thanks for all!
Posted by Preethi KOP
Dec 20, 2016
Hi there,

Running with your dog can be a very rewarding and enjoyable experience, not to mention healthy. As you are probably aware, some dogs will be better at it than others and you'll have to find this out through trial and error. A sheltie should handle a run pretty well as do most medium sized dogs. Here's a list of a few things to keep in mind in regards to running with your pet.

1. Try not to start them running too young. Puppies are growing fast and the impact on their bones can cause growth problems.

2. Start out slow and work your way up with them. Just like humans, it can take awhile before our dogs can get into shape.

3. Try to avoid running on hard surfaces like asphalt or concrete. The hard impact can be painful on their joints (yours too!) and can cause problems later on in life. Asphalt can also get very hot and may burn your dogs precious little paws. It is much better to stick to trails and parks, although you must be careful and watch out for ticks and other nasty critters.

4. Always have water for them, and if it is too hot, leave them behind and out of the sun. A long run in summer can cause heat exhaustion or heat stroke.

5. Last but not least, we recommend going to see your vet. They are the experts in doggy fitness and they may have pointers, and possibly suggest a proper diet for your exercising dog.

The main things for you is to start with slower than usual jogs and to keep the distance short at first. Don't ignore any warning signs that your dog is tired or in pain, and check their paws after your runs. I'm sure in no time you'll both be having a great time on the trails.

I hope this information has been useful to you and that you enjoy your new puppy.

All the best!