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Dogs should not be doing "long" forced walks on leash either. If you are on trails or turf (not sidewalks) it is not as big an issue. The situation is until a dog is about 18 months their growth plates have not closed. Until then they are susceptible to more injuries and repetitive motion can aggravate starting arthritis.
Now I am not saying in any shape of the word, anyone is wrecking their dog. I have no choice but to leash walk on sidewalks. I try to mix it up with trail walks, off leash (or long leash) runs at parks with the pup picking the speed. The best is to be careful to not over do anything. I LOVE bike running my dogs. They like it too. We don't do that with our pups yet, only the mature dogs.
Just keep in mind they are not fully grown until between 18-24 months and pick your activities intelligently you will be fine.
I have heard (no experience) that dogs need a human tread mill with an 8' deck to truly work with their stride. I would love one... no space. I would think slow speeds, short periods are not going to hurt.
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