|Barked: Wed Feb 15, '12 8:37pm PST |
|At just a year I'd make sure to not push her too far, even though she isn't a large breed.... I always want to be careful when we're talking about joint health. I'd possibly start giving her joint supplements and it's always a good idea to talk to your vet about what he thinks about her age and the shape of her joints. But I had a shepherd with bad hips as she aged... so I think it's just that playing out in my mind a bit.
Other than that, it's just like when we (people) start a training program. Dogs are natural athletes, but still take it slow and watch your dog for any signs of being tired (and most working breeds will work through it, we have to tell em' when to take it easy). I think if you start with just a mile and she does it no problem then I'd do that a while, and make sure you increase the distance in small increments. A mile for a young herding dog probably isn't a problem
Be mindful of heat in warmer months, and have water for your pup when you exercise. Also check her pads when you start going on longer distances for any wear or tear.
Those are just some of the things I've been told/figured out in trying to get in shape with Lenny. He can easily run about 2 miles (most of that at top speed too!) so I have gone to letting him go beside my bike to get some of that sprinting out of his system since i can't keep up on foot. I'm not as athletic as he is, that's for sure.
Most important is to have fun! Exercising with my dog has been the greatest thing for the both of us, I hope you and your dog enjoy the fresh air together too!
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