APBTs are not running dogs, as are Greyhounds and Whippets. Instead, they were designed to have brute strength. But APBTs can still run and running can be good exercise. APBTs are just not as fast as many other breeds, nor do they have the stamina to run long distances.
Puppies under a year old should not be allowed to run strenuously; let them do their running while they're playing. Too much running, especially repetitive running on hard surfaces, could damage the puppy's bones and joints. Senior canines should not run unless a veterinarian examines the dog and says it's okay.
Before you begin jogging with your dog, start walking first. When you and your APBT can walk at a very brisk pace for two to three miles without any sore
Always put a tag on your dog's collar. Choose a tag that's not so big that it will annoy your dog. Many pet supply stores will engrave a sturdy metal one for you, and pet food companies often also do this if you send in a few labels. Put your name and phone number on the tag. When you travel, use a tag that has a replaceable paper insert, so you can update your contact information at every stop. Write your name and cellphone number, your veterinarian's name and number, and the name and number of the place you are staying on the paper insert.
A microchip is a form of permanent identification, in case your dog's tag falls off or is taken off. A microchip is a tiny transponder, about the size of a grain of rice, encased in sterile glass. It is placed under the skin on your dog's shoulder by the veterinarian, and remains there forever. Each chip has a unique number. When a microchip reader is passed over the transponder, it reads the chip's number. That information is useless by itself, though, which is why you must register the number with a microchip recovery service. When you register (for a fee), the number is stored in a database with your contact information and pertinent information about the dog. Make sure you keep your dog's registration, and your contact information, up-to-date.
muscles, begin alternating walking and jogging. Walk briskly for 100 yards, then jog for 100 yards, then walk again. By alternating the activity, you and your dog can work up to running two to three miles without causing any physical harm.
Watch your APBT for signs of stress. An APBT won't quit, ever, and will continue running just because you have asked him to. So if he begins panting heavily, if his skin is twitching, or if he gets a glazed look in his eyes, stop running immediately. Cool him off, offer small drinks of water, and slowly walk him until he can rest.
It's also best to run when the air temperatures are cool. An APBT's heavily muscled body produces a lot of heat during heavy exercise and he can overheat quickly. Run in the morning or evening, and always make sure the asphalt, concrete, dirt, or sand is not too hot for your dog's footpads.
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