Sasha is our 21 mo. old 13 lb. solid muscle mini doxie. She was neutered @ 6 mos. and immediately gained weight. One day last year when she was maybe 8 mos. old I took her for a short run with me ( 2 miles ). She ran the entire way without balking at all. We ran about 9 min. miles. After a few weeks of that, I took her 3 1/2 and then 4 mi. She has been running 4 mi., 6 days a week or 7 ever since. She loves every step. She can outrun me, no matter how fast I run. We go early, as she doesn't do well in the heat. She does wind sprints in the house when we get home, and then takes a nap. My theory is that she will have a healthy back as she ages, despite the history to the contrary. People who run have been shown to have 50% greater bone density on avg., than sedentary people. There is no reason with good weight, diet and hydration, that a dog should not benefit in the same way. For now, I wish I could get her to quit trying to see how much air she can get under her when bailing off the couch.
It is an also well known fact that running is extremely hard on the joints. It is never recommended that a young growing dog, at 8 months old they are still growing, run like that. Especially the large and giant breeds.
It is the design, long backs and stubby legs, of the dachshund that lends to back issues. While keeping her lean and well muscled certainly won't hurt her, I'm not sure running her 4 miles a day is very good for her body structure. I would at least give her glucosamine and chondroiton joint supplements if she is going to be under that much physical exercise each day. Cosequin, GLC or you can even pick up Walmarts brand...they are all good ones to use.
Good advise. I take it, so why shouldn't she.( glucosamine, that is ). Her running is so fluid and effortless, that it is hard to imagine it not benefiting her. Time will tell. As she ages, I will doubtless cut her back. Since I have talked to nobody who runs with a doxie, and most are sedentary lap dogs, there isn't much of a test group to establish whether or not running is or isn't beneficial to an otherwise healthy stubby. Like I said--"Experiment of one." Heart disease is another curse of the doxie, i read. Would I rather die of heart disease, or have a sore back while running with my human buddy?
Doxies are great and keeping her lean and in good shape will help with the back issues, but not completely prevent them. You also need to know that your little doxie will do anything to please you including completly exhausting herself. While I think a short run is wonderful 4 miles is a bit much she has to run twice as far because she is doing two to three step to your one . Enjoy her and love her !
Well, she'll do almost anything to please me. If it's raining when we leave, she anchors her feet and refuses to go a single step. So I pick her up, and whisper sweet nothings in her ear, and carry her to the road, put her down, and she takes off like a rocket. If she sees a gopher hole, she quits running and investigates. She hates the car, and will hide if she sees her transport kennel. Funny little dog. She'll lick your face every chance she gets, even if she just met you.