Allmost 5 mounth and running

Hi there

We have an allmost 5 mounth Basenji - too cute and loves to run. We live in Copenhagen, Denmark where we have lots of parks and forrests. When we go for walks, we some time run a bit. Like walk 200 meter, snif around, then run 300 meter, then chace of 50 meter, walk, snif, run and so on. AND SHE LOVES IT!

Is this ok? We are worried, because we herr people saying ‘no running before 12 mounth’. What do you all think?

Have you discussed with your pups breeder? And running IMO is fine for your pup... as long as it is not forced

I tend to agree with @tanza on this. There is a difference between a pup running in play and running while their owner jogs beside them. Pup playtime often includes spurts of running. When they get tired they stop. They don't go too fast or too far for their physical abilities. But when you strap on a leash and try to get your pup to run next to you for your morning jog/run, you are stressing their bodies out and damaging their physical development. Best to hold off of training your dog for running "with you" until their first birthday. That provides their musculoskeletal system time to mature and helps prevent injuries now and in the future.

Let the dog do what he likes to do - He knows better then humans.
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@elbrant THNX - makes so much sence. We running is more of a faster walk with all the breaks our pup takes - the whole world smells soooo fantastic;-)

My puppy is just over 5 months too and has been running free and at speed - his own speed, that is - since he had his final shots at 16 weeks. I worked with him in our (large) garden before then, teaching him recall. Which is to my way of thinking the most important discipline you can teach a pup. Oh and 'TRADE' when he has stolen something you cherish. He gets a bickie and you get whateveritis back.

I wouldn't force the running, but Mku picks when he wants to run, usually in ever widening circles if we are in the fields, or hither and thither along woodland paths, deviating sideways in pursuit of a squirrel. They do love to run - Mku's Mom is just short of her coursing title and Son-shine is showing a great deal of promise but no - I wouldn't course or race him until he is 18 months or so. However, free in the woods (now that they have reopened from total lockdown) he knows when he has had enough. Short sprints, sniffs, trotting along with Hoover, another sprint, doesn't harm him at all.

When you have them trained, the main thing is to restrict calling them back to only when it is absolutely necessary once the recall is pretty solid.

I have been worried that he wasn't getting enough socialisation during lock-down but have been 'socially distancing' with friends with dogs on public footpaths while the woods were a no-go area. Yesterday we met several other walkers with dogs, and Mku was absolutely fine with all of them. Tail almost uncurling as it wagged !

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That rule is more for the heavy breeds. Basenjis are small and lithe. As long as you don't overdo it running should be fine and help with muscle development.

@zande I really like your thinking. Thanx!

@allanc I grew up with Great Danes - ha ha ha - talk about heavy!

the dog knows better what to do and not, just enjoy her.
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@morsesa - Thanx! I believe that too. Nice to get that reconfermed!

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