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Old 10-04-2009, 04:35 PM   #1 (permalink)
 
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weight vest a good idea?

hey guys n gals,

I was wondering about different ways to weight train my dogs since there both almost 2 years old now and gettin kinda flabby considering i used to take them swimming daily, (i cant find a park around here to save my life-i just moved to winston salem NC) and i was interested in a slatmill, but i dont have the cash to even pay for shipping on one lol. so is the next best thing a weight vest? add an extra 20 lbs or so and walk for a mile or two?

wheres a good place to get a quality weight vest for bullys?
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Old 10-04-2009, 08:11 PM   #2 (permalink)
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whooooooaaaaaaaaa 20#'s?!?! that will injure your dog. if your dogs are getting flabby, then that means you either need to feed them less, or feed them less and work them. dont be lazy run your dog. work that couple of pounds off of them the good old healthy way.

weighted collars and harness are for conditioning and building muscle. if you work a dog that overweight he is more prone to injury and its also very bad on joints.

when you do get your dogs down to ideal weight then you should think about getting a weighted collar. but you dont want to add too much weight, you have to slowly put on the weight so they get used to it and build muscle.

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Old 10-05-2009, 01:49 AM   #3 (permalink)
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I personally do not care for the weighted vests. I think they put un-nessary strain on a dog's joints. Did you know you can get a used person treadmill, and convert it for a dog? That is pretty cheap, if you watch the best buy ads in local paper. I prefer a slat mill, but they can be expensive. Also, a freight harness with a light weight pulled behind the dog while walking, can increase the difficulty of a walk, and not be as hard on the joints/back/spine, as a weighted vest can be. Just some other things to think about.
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I think that if you step up their excerise you will get great results. Start playing fetch flirt pole with htem. Walk them jog with them. I would use a weighted vest as the last resort.
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my dogs are actually kinda buff, i mean they stay naturally somehwat buff from there genetics, but bam and angle were just ripped and big when they could swim everyday. yea i didnt think that 20 lbs is almost a third of bams weight lol, that would be excessive, it just seems light since i lift and its not even enough to warm up with.

puttin stress on their young joints/hips would be a bad side effect- ima look into a used treadmill, i wish slat mills were cheaper also.

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does a flirt pole really do anything? i mean dont they just jump around in a small area barking at an object they drive to get?

i would think fetch would be more effective, i could be wrong tho lol

dont get me wrong, i walk my dogs daily at least a mile each, and play with them daily, and they play and wrestly together while i watch tv or get on here, their not gettin neglected or anything lol
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Flirt pole burns calories. That mean they will lose weight and I thought that is what you were wanting.
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does a flirt pole really do anything? i mean dont they just jump around in a small area barking at an object they drive to get?

i would think fetch would be more effective, i could be wrong tho lol

dont get me wrong, i walk my dogs daily at least a mile each, and play with them daily, and they play and wrestle together while i watch tv or get on here, their not gettin neglected or anything lol

playing around the house and wrestling really doesn't burn much, however long walks, runs, mills and flirtpoles are wonderful ways to burn off excess weight.

with the flirtpole, you change the direction so the muscles don't fatigue quickly, and when you spend a little time doing it, you can have plenty of sessions that don't involve jumping. IMO overweight dogs should not be jumping much, almost taking the same precaution as you would with a puppy. the faster and bigger your dogs are, use longer lengths in your pole. You can use 7-10 feet of 1 inch pvc and keep it low to the ground, making your dogs prey drive turn on. imo flirtpole burns more calories than a 30 minute walk because my dog runs and runs and then you will see burst of extra energy, and then bam... a tired, happy dog.
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you can find used treadmills for pretty cheap! hit that up
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onyx has great muscle tone. i usually just take him on like 3 hour hikes in the summer/fall. he goes swimming, looong walks, fetch, and a loooot of other fun stuff. you dont need wieghts for a dog to gain muscle.
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onyx has great muscle tone. i usually just take him on like 3 hour hikes in the summer/fall. he goes swimming, looong walks, fetch, and a loooot of other fun stuff. you dont need wieghts for a dog to gain muscle.

very true. resistance doesn't always have to be in weight form. Going uphill, downhill, the incline of a slat or carpet mill, for example... all these would put less stress on the body then weights would, and will work on maintaining muscle tone and shedding unwanted fat
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you guys convinced me! im making a flirt pole tomorow.
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you guys convinced me! im making a flirt pole tomorow.

ok but now the girls are gonna convince you to take pictures... and wont let up.. trust me
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