Conditioning my Dog
Last Post 16 Oct 2009 06:59 PM by coolcreekretrievers. 7 Replies.
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ggburkeUser is Offline Pheasant Egg Pheasant Egg Send Private Message Posts:14 ggburke
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13 Oct 2009 02:48 PM

     

     

     

    Just got back from the Minnesota pheasant opener.  Great hunt....  Four of us got 14. I got my first  double. After a couple of hours of hunting rough terrain, my 20 month old labs’ tail was dragging.   The dog performed like a two year old.  Hyped one minute, down the next. We hunted for 11 and 1/2 hours in two days.  I thought my dog was in decent shape. We walk five miles on walking trails four times a week.  I am looking for condition ideas.   What do you do?  Has anyone used a mountain bike to run a dog?
    BobUser is Offline Master Hunter Master Hunter Send Private Message Posts:550 Bob
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    13 Oct 2009 03:13 PM
    Walking down trails is one thing. But hunting in cover is another. Let them run in cover for at least half of your walking time.....Bob
    My Dog And I Are A Team. We Practice Every Day. I Always Trust Tony, He Knows More Than I do.
    BertUser is Offline Pheasant Chick Pheasant Chick Send Private Message Posts:51 Bert
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    14 Oct 2009 02:04 PM
    I run my dog in mid to heavy cover every day of the week, year round. I found that it keeps him and me in better overall shape. Make sure that your dog isn't over weight also.
    Bert
    NRA Life Member, NRA Cert. Personal Protection Pistol Instructor, NRA Cert. RSO, Class III RSO/KCR
    BobUser is Offline Master Hunter Master Hunter Send Private Message Posts:550 Bob
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    14 Oct 2009 05:46 PM
    Where I take Tony on his daily run has both tree cover and mid- heavy weed cover. I agree Bert, it sure keeps them in shape.....Bob
    My Dog And I Are A Team. We Practice Every Day. I Always Trust Tony, He Knows More Than I do.
    HillbillyUser is Offline Master Hunter Master Hunter Send Private Message Posts:706 Hillbilly
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    14 Oct 2009 07:41 PM
    I road my dogs a lot and I should run with then but it conditions dogs very well. I have friends that use roading rigs on their trucks mostly for hounds but they work great for bird dogs. I know I am a Hillbilly but I prefer to exercise without the dogs and this really gets them in shape.
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    WestforkUser is Offline Send Private Message Posts:50 Westfork
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    15 Oct 2009 04:53 AM

    I agree, let them run.  Im lucky in that if I am short of time or weather restricted, I have a pond that I use to get a good dose of swimming in on the short days.  The most common error seen is letting a dog get fat.  Even if you cannot exercise daily there is no excuse to let the dog get fat.  This only complicates the dog getting in shape later when the season starts.

    Pheasant&WaterfowlUser is Offline Pheasant Egg Pheasant Egg Send Private Message Posts:14 Pheasant&Waterfowl
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    15 Oct 2009 11:53 PM

    I heard that having the dog swim in the water or water retrives work good for stamina. But also going out and walking all over with the dog as well, like everyone said.

    coolcreekretrieversUser is Offline Pheasant Egg Pheasant Egg Send Private Message Posts:35 coolcreekretrievers
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    16 Oct 2009 06:59 PM

    There are two things you can do to condition your dog. Over winter we do this with all the dogs we have to prepare them for training and trialling. Or a dog that comes in for training that is over weight and out of shape. This is a strength and endures program. Part one - the strength building- buy a padded roading harness, put 5 ft of chain on both sides and take the dog for a walk, start out on very short walks, and build up slowly anding more chains so the harnes. Our dogs end up with 35 ponds at the end. This is done over weeks, Part two endures - We us a treadmill to run the dogs on, fist start out with the dog on a trot, for about 15 min per day, building up the time spent on the treadmill every three days. We do this until the dog is up to 45 min.  then you can add inclines to the treadmill.

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