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Old 02-18-2010, 12:47 AM   #1 (permalink)
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One of the reasons we picked a bigger dog was so he could help keep me in shape. I've been trying to get Rocky (currently just over 4 months) to understand jogging by my side. He does pretty good but has a hard time at only a few hundred feet. I want to get him used to the idea but not to build any indurance yet because I think he's too young.

So my question is are boxers generally a good jogging partner in general? Does anyone run with thier dog?
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They are great jogging partners!

They merely stroll at our pace,they set in a rythm and just follow the beat.

They can go on a long time at this rate,they need plenty of water though(lots).
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Old 02-18-2010, 08:34 AM   #3 (permalink)
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Rule of thumb for every month of their age they should only get 5 minutes of walking. So at 4 months he should get no more than 20 minutes, I think jogging may actually not be a good thing at this age. Once they are 18 months old their joint/bones plates are closed and you can definitely jog with them.
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You need to wait until your dog is at least six months old before you try to take him on a long jog with you. As martinc correctly states, a dogs bone structure needs to mature (especialy his shoulder plates and hips) enough to take the stress of running for extended periods. This is true for all dogs, not just boxers. Until a dog reaches this point, they should be allowed to play and develop stamina at their leisure. Once they reach six months you can take them on runs of no more than a mile or two, gradually increasing distance over the next year. Boxers are GREAT jogging partners. One of the best characteristics about boxers is that they want to be by your side and they seem to naturally jog close to you without pulling or getting way ahead . In fact Knuckles used to get too close and I would stumble into him. After a few runs he learned not to get too close.
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Jogging is a very rigourous activity, unless the growth plates have closed(18 mos) I would recomend staying away from any activity like that..Jogging, agility, anything that will cause your dog to make sudden quick moves, or put too much strain on the joints..At 4 mos, I would be doing just the beginings of basic leash training, 5 mins per month of age is the rule..Whenever possible avoid concrete, try and stay on grass to eliminate any added stress...Yes, Boxers can be great jogging partners, but it's something that at the right age you need to work up to..Just lik ehumans, you have to build up to it..Watch your Boxer for signs of distress, keep him hydrated and at first take frequent breaks..
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I agree! I got my dog in March and was looking forward to hiking with him that summer, but it was a no-go! I had no idea about the growth plates so I was happy to learn about that. This summer though, he's coming, whether he likes it or not.
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Ty loves to run! He is about 9 months now and I can't keep him from running. If I don't give him his mile or so run nearly everyday he does it himself when I let him outside. I would bet that he does some of the longest Boxer burns that anyone has ever seen. He is an awesome running partner. I can't run anymore but he loves to run along side of me while I'm on my bike. My wife is a runner and he will be her jogging partner as soon as the weather breaks. There is a link of Ty on a treadmill somewhere on this site.
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Thanks for the replys! I think you all answers were what I was looking for. My short light jogs with him was just to train his brain on how to run with me while his brain still acts like a sponge at a young age. Kind of like walking with a loose leash but at a quicker pace. I have heard and read about growth plates and his joints still developing so I took it easy on purpose.

I am happy to hear that everyones experience with Boxers as jogging partners is good. Now I cant wait till he gets older.
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yes dogs should not do strenous exercise till at least 2 years old or 18 months. Also be careful as Boxers tend to overheat more so than other dogs. If its too hot or too humid it won't be good time to run. I know my guys get over heated even if its not that warm.
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yes dogs should not do strenous exercise till at least 2 years old or 18 months. Also be careful as Boxers tend to overheat more so than other dogs. If its too hot or too humid it won't be good time to run. I know my guys get over heated even if its not that warm.
I can totally relate to that...

My 1st boxer had her 1st epilepsia episode during a long walk on a very hot summer day...guess her brain boiled.

Valant had a heat stroke last summer despite me literally pouring water down his throat and making short slow walks between shaded spots.

His fav temp is 0C...he can go forever!
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