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by Blaine
(Oak Grove, KY, USA)

Can my Aussie keep up with me and not be over exhausted on a 3-4 mile run at an 8 minute mile pace?

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It Depends
by: Anton

An 8 minute mile is a good pace for a person and Aussies won't have much trouble keeping up with that pace over only 3 or 4 miles.

BUT, this is not something you want to do with puppies whose bones are still developing.

You will also need to consider what they are running on. You have padded, cushioned running shoes but your dog doesn't. If they are running on concrete, asphalt, gravel, hard packed dirt with rocks, etc. it might not be safe. Especially because this is something you will want to do repeatedly.

I would say take it easy and be aware of potential hazards on your route. If you are running on grass in a park you should be fine.

No sweat
by: Dan

I take my Aussie running and hiking quite a bit. I run 4 miles every week night and she always comes along. I run roughly at your pace of 8 minute miles and to be honest she is the one who pushes the pace. I have also done 10 mile hikes with her over rugged terrain and she loves it. I always let her dictate the pace for a couple reasons. First, her pace is better than mine lol So she helps me push it and keep in better shape. Secondly, if it is a little warm out or we are doing a long hike and I notice her pace is slowing I slow mine as well. Just keep an eye on your Aussie and you can always tell if they need to slow down or take a water break but I would bet on a 3 or 4 mile run your Aussie would easily make an 8 minute pace and who knows before you know it he/she might be pushing you into 7 minute miles ;)

6 hr. mountainbike ride.
by: Ram

I take my aussie on 1 1/2hr bike rides each day on my mountain bike.And on weekends we will sometimes bike on mountain trails for up to 6hrs,He has no problem keeping up as long as I am careful he does not get overheated, when the weather is warm he likes to stop at the streams and lay down to cool off. I always make sure he has water and will stop several times when on a long ride to allow him and me to take a breather. So a 4 or 5 mile run is nothing to a aussie try a 10 or 20 mile bike ride just don't try long distances the 1st time you have to work up to that level over a period of time.

Bike Riding...special training
by: Smagee

I have never had a dog that I can take running/bike riding.

And I am getting a new Aussie 2nd week in January. I would love it if I could take her on bike rides. I am soo nervous about her crossing the in front of the bike and gettiner hurt. Is there anyhting special I need to do to train her.

Dog's age is a factor
by: Karen

My Aussie is 5 months old. We walk at least 7 km a night sometimes up to 10. That is I walk 7 km, she puts on way more as she is running in and out of trees and around the fields. I worry about overdoing it as I know we have to be careful until their growth plates come together. The vet has checked her, as recently as 2 days ago, and says things are fine now but sometimes the trouble doesn't show until later in life.
My question then is: How do I rid her of her insatiable energy? She loves being out and I never push her, she takes the lead.
I have had heeler/shepherd crosses before and they make great biking companions. They learn so quickly to run beside. I started with them on a leash going a short distance and then building up and taking them off the leash. I don't recall using a leash for more than 6 rides before they get it.

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