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Old 01-29-2009, 04:53 PM   #16 (permalink)
 

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GREAT Idea.

I am actually looking at getting an endless pool partly for myself but mostly for the dogs. Swimming builds long lean muslce and burns down fat very quickly. Also very stress free, no pressure on the joints, and it works quickly. Its also great for older dogs with arthitis to help keep them mobile, just a fantastic all around excersize.
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Old 01-29-2009, 06:18 PM   #17 (permalink)
 

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weights not a good idea prolly, but what about a shirt? just throwing on a shirt on ur dog before it takes a swim? i know if u jumped into a pool with clothes it'd be a lil heavier, not too heavy, just a lil heavier. this is just an idea.
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Old 01-29-2009, 06:37 PM   #18 (permalink)
 

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You don't need to add ANYTHING to the dog when its swimming. Swimming alone will be enough of an exercise. YOu don't want him to have to struggle against anything.
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we have a pool in the yard, and chyna HATTEEESSS it lmao... kenya on the other hand will drop her ball in the pool just so she can jump in and get it lol.... two very opposite dogs...

anyway. i was wondering how u approach swimmin in a trianing aspect... get in the pool with them and do laps.... or how do u get them to actualy "work out"?????
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Well I have seen a harness set up sort of like a treadmill box that people will use with the endless pools. Or sure get in there and swim around with them
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Old 01-29-2009, 07:41 PM   #21 (permalink)
 

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those endless pools are cool!!!!!!!!!!!

if i could i'd wanna get one of those for my dog haha.
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Old 01-29-2009, 09:24 PM   #22 (permalink)
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When I worked Chalice at the lake I would throw her football (floaty one) and she would swim out to get it. I started out with trowing it about 10 feet then we worked up to about 100ft or so. My son would thow the football then. Sometimes he would swim way out with it and I would release her. She loved to swim. Rip in Chalice I hope you have a huge swimming hole to play in.



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Old 01-30-2009, 02:01 AM   #23 (permalink)
 

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yeah after a month or so of research on it i found that letting my apbt swim wud b the BEST form of exercise...she can do it at a young age and alrdy hav muscles built up for when it comes time for her to weight pull...and like i said i WOULD NOT put weights on her in the water haha...thats jez crazy...oo n this shud set sum ppl off on a nice long discussion haha...i had a HUGE argument with a guy the other nite who btw has NEVER owned a pitbull or even as much as had but mayb 2 friends that hav ever owned him and he tried to tell my friend that jez got his first apbt that he shud start puttin sum weights on the dogs collar to "strengthen his neck muscles and shoulders"...i said yeah and u cud also stunt the dogs growth, possibly cause him SERIOUS muscle problems in the future, and then on top of the fact that ur dog would b wore down b4 he's two years old you'd b sittin ur happy butt n jail for cruelty to animals...thats all my city needs is a cpl idiots like that givin out advice to ppl who alrdy kno very lil about the breed...soo how do u guys feel about that one cuz my friend needs to c for himself from some ppl that hav been in this even longer than me that puttin weights on a dogs collar at 2months is not just crazy and stupid...its n a way lethal to the dog itself...am i correct or am i wrong??
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Swimming is a great form of conditioning, the most important thing to remember is "Make sure the Dog enjoys it". If yoru dog doesnt like swimming, I wouldnt suggest making it swim. But alot of dogs do enjoy swimming. I hope my boy does when it warms up some.
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I have pondered this idea. get one of those 100 gallon tanks and build a support over it to attach you dog to and jus let him/her tread water
i've seen this b4. its a very great way to exercise your dog.
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my pup is 6 months old and he loves swimming, as soon as someone jumps in, he's right there behind them swimming around with them. i think it's a good workout because it uses all their muscles. and i agree about the weights, jus having them swim around is a good enough workout imo
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Swimming is a great exercise for dogs. If you live where it is warm enough you could start right now. Some dogs have an aversion to water so if you can introduce itas a fun thing to do at an early age it is better for you and less stress for the dog.
my kilo used to hate baths i took her to the beach to play now she loves water shes 7 mo and swims like a fish just got to be careful for when they get tired they dont swim as good
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i used to go to the river with red and my brother and we would swim out till we could hardly touch and call red between us and we would get farther apart it worked for him.
and was alot of fun for me.
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Once they go for a couple of times they will get used to it, roxy loves to play fetch in the water, and swimming them is great because it works all their muscles
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just listen to the heartbeat of a dog that goes swimming. no exercise can compare. i gather about 15 thick sticks (don't want eyes poked out), then i throw the sticks in the water as far as i can and let the two dogs I brought that day race for them. when they get to the sticks they can play tug of war in the water. after about 5-6 throws, they snap the stick, so i have to use another. 15 x 5 = 75 to 90 throws crazy wind
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