Are B's good jogging partners?

  • My fiance and I were wondering if B's make good jogging partners? We don't have a B yet, but hopefully sometime soon. We like to jog/run on our town's running trail. It would be really nice if we could take the dog running with us after it's old enough.
    Are any of your B's jogging partners?

  • All 3 of mine love to jog. Even my youngest who can sometimes be a challenge on a leash is great when I take her for a run.

  • I tried with one of mine in the past but he was such an investigator that it got to be too much. My philosophy is that the "dog walk" is for the dog and jogs were for me and the two don't always mesh.

    Just an additional comment - if you do end up dogjogging - be sure to stop let your dog poop if s/he has to poop. I've seen so many dogjoggers in my neighborhood who will not stop for this and the poor dog is dragged along while trying to poop (and of course they don't go back and clean up). Please don't be that selfish.

  • I will run/walk with Buddy as he likes to smell a lot and sometimes run up a hill. The combination seems to work.

  • One of my puppy owners is a jogger, their pup jogged with her all the time.. the only problem that she had was every once in a while if she was not paying attention, he thought it was pretty funny to try and trip her up!

  • My husband speed walks with your 2.
    They are fine, once they have had a chance to poop.

  • Blaze was a great jogging partner. Remember to start them on a program to build them up to your speed and distance. And listen to them, otherwise they won't enjoy themselves, and they will do something to get back at you for it.
    Blaze retired from running four years ago, he just stopped enjoying it. He was 12 at the time. He still loves his walks, but he gets so tired so quickly.

  • Since you are wanting a jogging partner, if you do get a B pup, I would make sure the sire and dam have been hip x-rayed for Hip Dysplasia. You can verify this by going to There have been cases of hip dysplasia in the breed.

  • I take Congo jogging all the time. Before I take him jogging I usually have to walk him a little ways and get him to poop and get some intial energy out and then he is easy to jog.

  • I take my girls jogging all the time, both on leash around the neighborhood, and off leash at DelValle Regional Park. We go sometimes for up to 8 miles, and they are off leash the entire time…..not bad for a 10 and 15 year old...and they love it! A tired basenji is a happy basenji!

  • Our male and my husband go jogging all the time, he is a bit older than our female she is not ready yet. Not only is he a good joggging partner apparently he provides a certian level of motivation during the run as well.

    I believe my husbands exact words (emulating Indy's sentiment) were "Hurry up fat man, I can run faster than this!!!!!" But they seem to have a good time.

  • Before my boyfriend had back surgery and had to stop running, and before basenji #2 came into the house, he and his basenji girl jogged all the time. They jogged for miles and miles, and she adored it. I'm not sure if basenji temperament has anything to do with "jogging suitability." She's obedient, easy-going, and calm (hard for some of you to believe, I know!), and jogging was right up her alley. Basenji #2 is a fence-jumping, counter-surfing wild man who flips out with excitement if he so much as sees another dog on his walk, so jogging with him would probably be a no-go.

  • Mine love nothing better than to run but I have to do it one at a time otherwise I would end up eating street. When alone they run beside me but together they seem to want to criss cross constantly in front of me.

  • YES, as long as you can keep up….:rolleyes:

  • Ditto the last comment. Please let your dog poop if s/he has to while on your jog. Don't just drag them along while they poop. That is so uncool.

  • I started marathon training on the weekend and took Jake on a 13 km (8 mile run) and he did fine. He hardly moved the rest of the day but it was kind of nice… 😛

  • Dogs are like humans, they need to train and ease into long runs and don't over-do it at first. If 8 miles is OK for him, well & good, otherwise take him for shorter runs and let him build stamina so he won't get injured. But they are natural runners so with some training there is no reason the can't run with you for a good part of your training, maybe not 23 miles!

  • Before having your dog go on too long of a run, I would have the hips x-rayed for hip dysplasia and check for luxating patellas. This is especially important if your dog is a rescue or if you do not know the health history of the parents and relatives. I did this for my rescue who lure coursed.


  • I think B's would make great jogging partners, if the run is separate from the poop walk. As a matter of fact, I wish I could run, but my old knees don't permit it. My two would greatly benefit from running, since when they walk, they won't get their noses up off the ground and the walk is slow because of their constant sniffing - running would prevent them from getting that scent going strong enough to stop them. We take them to dog parks and run them next to our golf cart in the grass so they will get their running in, which is very important for our high energy basenjis. And wel all know a tired basenji is a good basenji!

  • I really would love to run or jog with Oakley but he had proven to be a challenge. He craves speed but at the same time he sways side to side, stops abruptly…he really is a trip hazard, and when we do get a good pace he pulls hard because he wants to go faster. It's a work in progress but I think they have the endurance and stamina for it!!

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