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PostSubject: conditioning for shows/pulls   Fri 15 Aug 2008, 12:28 am

what are your alls methoods for getting a dog ready for the ring/track????
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PostSubject: Re: conditioning for shows/pulls   Fri 15 Aug 2008, 6:11 pm

first of all good food, and i cant stress that enough. ppl try to give all this specail stuff to there dogs and all they do is spent more money then just feeding a good high qauity food. with that out of the way, i show more then i pull so ill go from the show side . I start about 6 weeks before a show and i add about 1/4 of a cup more food to them to balance out the heavy work they do. then i start working them on a slow pace at first for about 2 weeks like about 20 mins of pulling a sled around the back pasture. then i do 15 mins on the spring pole. then i swimm them for about 10 mins and then we go in the house rest for 10 mins and then 20 mins on the mill. then i increase about 5 mins a week untill the 5 th week by the 5th weeks they should be pulling 40mins,springpole 35 mins, 30 mins swiimming, and 40 mins on the mill. but the 6 th week they rest . i work them like that 3 days on 1 day off ever week. i just purchased a flritple and i will put that in the program.i make sure they get alot of water and by the the 3rd week i feed jack mackeral and take out 1/4 cup of food it sucks them up and they look great in the show ring. the last week is back to normal 30lb dog gets 1 cup of food twice a day.
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PostSubject: Re: conditioning for shows/pulls   Fri 15 Aug 2008, 6:18 pm

Okay here is my question. Sway will be doing her first show Sept 14&15. Conformation only, don't expect to will but I do want her to look as good as possible.

Is there a different way for training them at 6mo's of age vs. an adult?
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PostSubject: Re: conditioning for shows/pulls   Fri 15 Aug 2008, 6:18 pm

Darn it I always hit quote instead of edit lol

I mean win not will and wanted to mention it is an ADBA show
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PostSubject: Re: conditioning for shows/pulls   Fri 15 Aug 2008, 6:31 pm

BBB I wouldn't work a puppy out that is 6 months of age. This is a critical time of development during a pups life and you do not want to put undo stress on joints and bones at this point. If you read the adba standard it clearly states puppies should NOT be conditioned. Of course you don't want an overly fat pup either. If the pup is overweight cut it's feed a little bit as you are prbly overfeeding anyway. Do things like fetch and normal puppy play and that is all.
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PostSubject: Re: conditioning for shows/pulls   Fri 15 Aug 2008, 6:40 pm

Well I wasn't going to work her hard or have her pull anything, s'why I said conformation only. I just want to make sure she's not fat! :)
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PostSubject: Re: conditioning for shows/pulls   Fri 15 Aug 2008, 6:47 pm

If you're doing UKC, she can be fat. Dogs in that registry are shown heavier than the ADBA side, and even there, nobody expects you to condition a puppy. Just go for the experience of getting in the ring with her. I show Terra, even though I know she's not the "type" most UKC judges are looking for. I figure every time I get in the ring with her, we're learning together.
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PostSubject: Re: conditioning for shows/pulls   Fri 15 Aug 2008, 6:51 pm

Its an ADBA show so thats what the plan is Linds, to just get the experiance she is really not an ADBA style dog!

Thanks for the input guys!
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PostSubject: show training   Fri 15 Aug 2008, 8:34 pm

ok, thanks for the tips,... but i dont have a pool/lake or a feild to work my dogs and not all will drag weight or run a mill.... even some of mine are too lazy to want to walk more than a couple blocks....!lol i think i just got the lazy group! oh an i do feed a good feed
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PostSubject: Re: conditioning for shows/pulls   Fri 15 Aug 2008, 9:16 pm

we have a funshow(ADBA) in the A.M. and really all we have done is maybe stepped up "play/train" time a bit...more flitpole, more springpole, more mill work, draggin dead weight, and all the while making sure we maintain our obedience skills and our "Schutzhund heel"

I am very excited for the experiance, I think it will be alot of fun...
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