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I recently got a new boxer, J.R.! I know boxers make good running partners and was wondering if anyone else runs with their dog. How should I get started? Didn't wanna start him off to fast....


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todds - 2012-02-24 8:30 PM I recently got a new boxer, J.R.! I know boxers make good running partners and was wondering if anyone else runs with their dog. How should I get started? Didn't wanna start him off to fast....

 

How old is he? Need to be careful with running young pups, because of their soft and growing bones.

Congrats, I love Boxers! 



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Sorry, he is just over 2 years old. I hope he is done growing! He is a beast!!!
2012-02-24 8:56 PM
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there are a lot of important parts for having a dog as a running companion and asking how before you start is a great first step. you really really want to make sure your dog is good or even great, at walking on a leash. if he cannot walk well on a leash he will not run well on a leash. after you reach that start him slow just like you would yourself. a mile a few times a week and then build up slowly. you probably do not need to stick to the 10% rule with him but take it slow and watch for any issues. if you run on any rough surfaces make sure to check his paws after the run, even if it is only a mile, to make sure he does not have any cut or torn pads.

Congrats on your new buddy!

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I have a boxer mix that runs with me, she's the best running partner.  I started with 2 miles a couple of times a week.  I gradually increased the distance and days.  She's gone up to 13 miles with me, but I have no doubt she could run more.  I stopped taking her in the summer, it's too hot and humid.  Just start gradually and pay attention to how he is after the runs.  If he's worn out it was probably too much.  Enjoy!

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Found this on another board... I tried to translate it as best as I could.

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Subject: "training plan" for new owner

I recently got a new owner, Todd!  I know that humans can be good running partners, and was wondering if anyone else runs with their humans.  How should I get started?  Don't want to start him off too fast....




2012-02-25 10:43 AM
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I have a Boxer mix who is 6 years old and a rescue. I have been contemplating the same thing and we are on week 2 of our "plan". We started running together after he "told" me on a walk that he would like to run. I have started him out at a mile 3 times a week. He's a big strong boy, and I have been pleasantly surprised that he seems to run better on leash than he walks most of the time. When walking he likes to explore EVERYTHING if there is a new scent or something.

I am happy to see this thread and hear what others are doing with their dogs.
2012-02-25 10:50 AM
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netzer0 - 2012-02-25 11:05 AM

Found this on another board... I tried to translate it as best as I could.

Woof: "woof woof" woof woof woof

woof woof woof woof woof woof! woof woof woof woof woof woof. woof woof woof woof, woof woof woof woof woof woof woof woof woof woof. woof woof woof woof woof? woof woof woof woof. woof woof....

 

 

Subject: "training plan" for new owner

I recently got a new owner, Todd!  I know that humans can be good running partners, and was wondering if anyone else runs with their humans.  How should I get started?  Don't want to start him off too fast....


SOOOOO INSANELY CUTE!

I heartheartheartheartheartheart boxers. I have albums (even here on BT) full of boxers. My license plate in the U.S. was LUVBOXR.

Okay, as for the question--well, I really can't give a comprehensive answer without a picture of your boxer for full information.

What bel83 said, actually. Go easy, build up slowly ... has he had a full vet exam recently and have you asked about his hips and joints? This would be a good idea.

And definitely needs to be a good leash walker, at any speed or direction you go, and at least have his recall (COME) rock-solid as well just in case he gets off leash, you trip, etc. Preferably all his basic training would be in order and very good.

2012-02-25 11:45 AM
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I run with my boxer and he loves it! I started with short distance runs and gradually built up his miles. Be carful on those hot days, boxers can overheat.
2012-02-25 11:53 AM
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racer267 - 2012-02-26 1:45 AM I run with my boxer and he loves it! I started with short distance runs and gradually built up his miles. Be carful on those hot days, boxers can overheat.

All these people with boxers and no pictures (okay I should post some then, huh) ...

But yes, boxers, because of their push faces, (yes that's the official term for the smashed-in mug of dogs like boxers, pugs, etc.) can have a harder time cooling hot air as well as warming frigid air. Just be more cautious or forgo running in temperature extremes (and remember their little naked paws are on the ground--whether it's hot or cold--and when it's hot, it's  a LOT hotter close to the asphalt, like they are).

2012-02-25 11:59 AM
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I miss my Joe Boxer.   And my dear Freckles.     See avatar.

 

Off to  petfinder.com

 Enjoy your new companion.   Boxers are a joy.



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bel83 gave good advice! At 2, your buddy should totally be able to handle running as long as you ease him into it.
2012-02-25 2:36 PM
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This is my boxer that I (or my wife) run with 4-5x per week.  She is 2 1/2 years old.  We got the OK to start running with her right around a 20 months old at a well checkup.  I basically put her on a couch to 5k plan to start.  Vet said in the beginning, no concecutive days running, and nothing over 30 minutes so the couch to 5k plan works perfect.  Boxers are not very good runners when the heat creeps close to 80.  Anything over 80 and they shouldn't be running.  When the weather is cool, I will now take her up to 9 miles with no problem (could probably do longer but I either go >12 miles or < 8.  She can also do two-a-days (4 in the AM/4 in the PM).

Running suggestions: get a "Buddy System" hand free leash and the "Comfort Flex" sport harness and teach your dog the verbal commands left/right/straight/heel and stop.  Also, when it is warm (70-80) I take my fuel belt and let her drink like a hamster out of a fuel belt bottle.  Works great!

 PS - Beware though.  Once they get hooked, it is hard to get out the door without them.  My dog will pound on its leash/harness with her nose constantly and starts to go crazy when shes me just reaching into my running clothes drawer!

 



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I too miss all my boxers.  Tammy, Madam Tameric the III, and Tammy.  You'll never guess my favority name.
2012-02-26 6:04 AM
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Don't feed the dog prior to or immediately after running.. Also, as mentioned above, don't run the dog if it is too hot.  Dogs have a hard time regulating heat - if your dog gets too hot, the best (only) way to cool them down is immersion in cool water.  They can't drink enough to cool off.



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Trying to get a pix up, but I have never figured that out????? Thanks for all the advice so far! Good stuff!!!

 



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