A reader writes:
I have a 2 year old scottie, and he and I recently have become jogging partners. I’m pretty slow, so he’s able to keep up. We take rests and water breaks when he needs to, but I was wondering if you or your readers had any knowledge or experience about whether or not this would be bad for him in the long run. I know some dogs just weren’t built for running/jogging, so I want to make sure I’m not accidently hurting him.
Thanks so much!
The Scottish Terrier and Dog News used to oppose running with dogs. My feeling was that while dogs love to run, they don’t necessarily want to follow a human fitness regime. The Dog Whisperer changed my mind — or at least for some breeds.
I still don’t see scotties as distance runners, but there’s no doubt that they can sprint. On the rare occasions that I take Bridget for a jog, I tie her up at the local track while I keep an eye on her as I put in my two miles.
As I’ve never wanted to draft her as my running partner, I’ve never asked the vet about it. I do, however, have a friend who does triathlons and marathons and got a Weimeraner puppy last year. Her vet advised her not to run with the dog until it reched a certain age so there are definitely restrictions on these things and you need a professional opinion.
Has anyone out there had this discussion with the vet?