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I have a 1(?) year old chiweenie rescue and I've noticed that when we go to the dog park he is a real sprinter! I'm interested on working with him to go on short jogs but I'm not sure if I could teach him how to jog. His body is so long and he just runs so quick that sometimes he seems to have trouble balancing. His legs are very sturdy though, like a dachshund, so I am wondering if he is a potential candidate for jogging.

I already go on 30 minute runs with my mom's heeler cross and I would love to incorporate something with Frisco because he's my dog and I sure love to jog and run (as does he). I am just worried that even a short jog would be hard on a little tiny guy like him.

So my question is, do any of you run with your chihuahua or chiweenie? How do you make it "work"? Also- any luck getting them to jog instead of flat out gallop?

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I run with my Jack-chi (Jack russell x chihuahua) and her lab (mix) brother and sister. She not only keeps up, but often outpaces all of us, and is still raring play when we get home.

My concern with a chiweenie would be the stress the jogging would put on his longer back. Since he will be running at your pace and not his natural running pace, it could throw off his alignment - especially if he's trying to pull you along. Dachshunds don't make traditional jogging partners - though I do know of a lady who takes hers hiking... You can certainly try it and see how he fairs.
 

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I have a doggie jogging stroller. I take mine running with them in the stroller. I'd be concerned about the long term effect on a long back as well. The jogging doggie strollers are AWSOME.
 

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So update- I took him out on a nearby trail and he definitely won't be jogging with me, haha he just doesn't have the running stamina. He can definitely walk for miles though. I think with his shape it's just too difficult to keep from tripping over himself when he runs. I think he'll be a great hiking buddy. :) I am also concerned about the back problems, so if he wants to run we can go to the dog park so he can pace himself.

THANKYOU EVERYONE. :)
 
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