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    Does anyone here condition there dog/s?

    If you do, what is your routine? Do you use strength exercises to condition your dog or do you focus on endurance training?
    What diet do you feel your canine athlete? (Any Pics?)

    Once summer comes Hunter and I will begin training. We will be focusing on strength and speed. We will be incorporating short sprints, long walks, swims and weight pulling, and possibly the flirt pole but the jury's still out on that one.
    We currently feed Hunter two cups of kibble in the morning and a small amount of homemade wet food with half a cup of kibble at night. He's already cut down on portion sizes. We were feeding him Eukanuba for a period of time but he put on a truck load of weight once he was getting the right portions (believe it or not he was sick for a little while because the vet nurse recommended him way smaller portions then what he needed). So now we feed him Supercoat (Its what he used to feed on and he loved it).
    Our recipe for his homemade dog food is -
    Assorted Meat Cuts
    Assorted Veggies
    Oats
    Gravy
    Eggs
    Rice or Pasta.

    He's doing fantastic on his homemade food.
    So for now we're focusing on slimming Hunter down a little bit and when Summer comes around he'll be old enough to start training.

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    For a moment I thought you meant as in shampoo /hair washing...Was pretty confused haha

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    How old is your dog he looks like a pup in the pic.

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    Good on ya Striker

    And don't worry too much Greys4Me. That's an old picture of Hunter. He's 11 months now. When he hits the 18 month mark his conditioning training will start. He's definantly too young atm.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Morph View Post
    Good on ya Striker

    And don't worry too much Greys4Me. That's an old picture of Hunter. He's 11 months now. When he hits the 18 month mark his conditioning training will start. He's definantly too young atm.
    Pleased to see that you see 11 months as too young for conditioning! But - what do you mean by 'conditioning' ?

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    Oh good I never did anything like that with my APBTs until they were 2 especially any type of weight pulling.

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    Are you talking about body building for dogs?

    Erm no. I don't do that.

    I do like the evil hound to be fairly fit though. And agile and flexible - so we do training related to that, plus training exercises to make training easier - trick training, control positions like sit, drop, stand, pretty (beg) etc), working on duration and tolerance to frustration (neither of us are good with that).

    We do perch work - put dog's feet on a pile of phone books - different feet, all feet, pretty on top... turn around the perch, spin (both directions), turns, go outs, and going for nice long walks and some swims every day.

    Under 12 months old - best not to do more than 5 minutes of exercise per month of age in any single session / walk.

    Trick training, building duration in stays, and tolerance of frustation (teaching dog and handler to persist trying in training instead of giving up and yelling at each other) - these things can be done with the youngest puppy. You start off really really simple and short with really easy tasks.

    I have seen some dogs - particularily greyhounds and some amstaff looking dogs with a lot of muscles on their muscles - and it looks odd to me. My dog, when she's really fit - does look very athletic (between a triathlete and a swimmer) and I don't mind that look.

    If you're talking about operant and classical conditioning - I think my dog is better at that than me but I try.

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