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Is running in the backyard okay?

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I have a question about running for my 5 month old female golden. We have a big backyard and I would say that about 55% of our backyard has stone as the surface, the rest being grass and one spot in the back which is a bit of a hilly area, where I would say that it's a metre higher in comparison to the rest of the ground. I like letting her outside in the backyard to go play with supervision but often times she will go nuts and start having zoomies all over, and she does run on the stone surface. Is this still okay? I'm sure that she rests when she needs to but I want to know what you guys think on the health of the joints from running.
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I'm sure there's a risk of her hurting herself on the stone, however it's a risk vs. reward thing in my book. She needs the exercise and you have space for her to run which is a good thing. You can try to keep her games of fetch etc. on more even ground and supervise her but let her zoom, she needs it.


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I'm sure there's a risk of her hurting herself on the stone, however it's a risk vs. reward thing in my book. She needs the exercise and you have space for her to run which is a good thing. You can try to keep her games of fetch etc. on more even ground and supervise her but let her zoom, she needs it.
Oh, sorry if I wasn't clear enough, but to clarify part of the ground is covered by stone bricks, not stones.
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Perfectly fine for her to run and play at her own pace. Forced running on hard surfaces, like taking her along as a jogging partner is not ok. Try to limit any jumping from higher elevations, for instance if there is a terraced area in the yard she should not jump from the top down to the lower level (if you have that), or jumping off the couch, etc.

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