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Old 01-29-2009, 02:54 AM   #1 (permalink)
 

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"Swim Conditioning":Good idea or Bad idea??

Hey i would like to start conditioning my dog in about 3months when she turns 9months old and i've heard some good things about swimming workouts...my question to everyone is what do u think about this? good idea? bad idea? and what do u think about slowly adding weights to them while they swim?? i dont rly care much for the weight idea but i read on sum website that it can help put them in alot better shape n build up sum muscle...what do u think about that?? The only idea i support is letting my apbt swim to get some better conditioning...i know it mite b a crazy question but what does everyone think??
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Old 01-29-2009, 02:59 AM   #2 (permalink)
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Swimming is a great idea... think what muscles you use swimming, weights not a good idea IMO
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yeah i dnt rly agree with the weights either...i think that that could either drowned your dog or tear more muscle than it builds up...but of course thats y u cant alwaz agree with everything u read on the internet...we are a country of free speech but not alwaz a country of truth...
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good question... i wanna know the same thing. haha i wouldnt do weights though... thats just sounds like trouble to me... but i wanna know how you get the to want to swim. lol
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great idea, avoid the weight as stated above.

this is also GREAT on the body(Joints, bones, etc.) because it has basically no impact.
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Old 01-29-2009, 04:05 AM   #6 (permalink)
 
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Swimming is stress free excerise on the muscles and joints. If I could only do one, this would be it.
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yeah i like the idea of swimming...i still hav yet to c how old they need to b b4 they can start but by june my girl will b around 9months so i figure thatd b old enuff haha...oo n btw i WUZNT supporting the weight idea...i just read that n i wanted to make sure that i wuznt crazy for thinkin that that wuz crazy haha...
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Old 01-29-2009, 04:22 AM   #8 (permalink)
 
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good call on the swimming but let some crazy person see you put a weight on an animal and throw it into the water and a s*** storm will surely ensue
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Yah swimming is great. My Nevaeh is 9 months and she out swims our 2 year old lab. We have a river here and when we take her she just swims and swims and swims. I have been thinking of buying her a life jacket though only because the currents. She is faster than our lab at swimming also. She has also been swimming non stop since she was 6 months old so I don't think it would hurt for your pup to be swimming now.
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Old 01-29-2009, 04:34 AM   #10 (permalink)
 

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river swimming and ocean swimming or even lake swimming is one thing. I would watch out for excessive swimming in the pool because of chlorine levels i know it can reak havoc on a persons hair, eyes, and skin spending most of my child hood between 3 swim teams and a waterpolo team. if you were to do alot of pool work i would give extra skin supplements or ask your vet about a conditioner. Also when swimming in water that you anre sure about you might want to get vaccinated for leptospirosis(sp?) it is common in some areas my vet said it is not common in california especially where i live so i should not worry.
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Old 01-29-2009, 05:00 AM   #11 (permalink)
 

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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
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put a slow recirc. pump in there and you can have water flow dennis, dogs dont need too much. call it a water mill
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that sounds like a plan
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Best exercise you can do for your dog!
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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.

As far as the weights go I think that if you had a back pack on the dog with weight in it and walked so your dog is say in water up to the belly it would build strenght in the legs and also would not be stressful on the joints. Just a thought.



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