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04-22-2011, 06:41 PM
Just wondering what does everyone do to condition their dogs for the dock?
Peanut is in awesome shape but i would like to learn more about what we can do to improve his dock jumping. we do not have access to a pool.
we do a lot of hand walking and wind sprints (with fetch) mainly but to burn off his excess energy i am willing to learn new things to do with him.
05-01-2011, 05:13 PM
I also do agility with my pups and one of the best things to condition dogs is off leash hiking for an hour + a day. Work up to that of course. Being off leash the dogs can push themselves at their own rate, (most aren't lazy like us humans can be). That's a great base for training.
Also balance training on a yoga ball (they sell special dog balls too) for core training has been very popular.
05-04-2011, 09:28 AM
I do some core body work at home and lots of cross training in other sports and activities. Lots of group off leash walks and swimming. In addition to excercise, I also do warm up/cool downs on my dogs that includes stretching.
Flyball has seemed to be the biggest help for most of my dogs as well as long trail runs ( 10 plus miles). We also do some quad building exercises.
05-14-2011, 09:09 AM
thanks for all the replies. i find them helpful :)
we have started a lot of running. we also do stretching and massage
Spit- if you don't mind what do you mean by quad exercises? i would really like to include some of that for Peanut
05-16-2011, 05:03 PM
All great advice! We were in a really suburban area but we had this park with a very steep hill. We would take our dogs out there with a huckit and make them run the hill.
"Quad" exercises for dogs would be going through tunnels, crawling, sit, down, up etc....
here is a great article....
Quads are a very important thing to strengthen. They support the knee which is a very important thing to support.
05-25-2011, 02:05 PM
thanks for the article and the info spit. my boy has huge defined quads now but i definately want to learn to how he can better utilize them and have better performances. i really appreciate the info :)
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