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Old 04-05-2015, 04:43 AM   #1 (permalink)
 

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Dragging chains?

Hello! I'm new to GP and really want to get my boy into weight pull competition. I picked up a treadmill for him and met up with a UKC judge who is letting me borrow a harness until I get my own.

I was wondering if anyone here conditions their dogs by dragging chains with their weight pull harness. I wanted to know the weight/length of chain I should start off with.

Thanks!
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Old 04-05-2015, 05:02 AM   #2 (permalink)
 
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I use an 8 foot chain that I double up with a rope tying both ends to the end of the harness. I started with a 10lb chain and now use a 20lb chain. I've also used tires but they're obviously more bulky.
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Old 04-05-2015, 04:46 PM   #3 (permalink)
 

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How long are the workout sessions? I don't want to accidentally overwork my guy.
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Old 04-05-2015, 08:39 PM   #4 (permalink)
 
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I started with about 20 minutes. There is a nice loop trail behind my house that's about 45 minutes, but there's a way to cut through the middle to half the time, so we did that. I built it up fairly quickly as my boy was already pretty fit, but it will depend entirely on your dog. Now we do 45 mins to an hour every morning. I could add more weight or time if I wanted to without issue but this is fine for us cause we do other exercise in the afternoon.

How old is your dog? How much exercise does he currently get? I would start him out with dragging something light like an empty milk jug just to get used to the feel of the harness and the feel/sound of something "following" him, then you should be able to add weight pretty quickly depending on his eagerness. My boy is a go, go go kind of dog so he took right to it.
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Old 04-05-2015, 09:34 PM   #5 (permalink)
 

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He's 1.5yrs. We are a very active family, so he's fairly fit. We occasionally go on hikes, and walk go for 30-40min walks.

He seems to like the harness and doesn't seem to mind the chains. It doesn't even seem to phase him lol
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Old 04-05-2015, 11:03 PM   #6 (permalink)
 
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That's good, and the perfect age to get started. Just keep in mind that bull breeds tend to be slow growers so he's probably still going to be changing and filling out until 2-3 years old. Don't push too hard until he's at least 2 years and have fun.
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What about the junctions ? No problem ? Do you feed him condroitin or any kind of supplement ?

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That's good, and the perfect age to get started. Just keep in mind that bull breeds tend to be slow growers so he's probably still going to be changing and filling out until 2-3 years old. Don't push too hard until he's at least 2 years and have fun.
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What about the junctions ? No problem ? Do you feed him condroitin or any kind of supplement ?

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He gets Glucosamine/Condrointin/MSM daily. One liquid cap-full.
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Merci BC !

I'm taking that too ! lol !!! Rossi is taking and I'm stealing some of his pills.
Working better than human pills. ;-)

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Old 04-06-2015, 04:06 AM   #10 (permalink)
 

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Maybe I should start doing that. I've not even considered it lol I'm new to this. Are there dog specific ones? Where do I get some?
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Dragging chains?

Yes, the supplement I use is for dogs only. You can find it at any pet store, really. The one I use is called Liquid-Vet.

It's not necessary, but it is good for dogs that are very active or do high-impact activities. Helps promote joint strength and hopefully decreases chances of joint injury. I started using it after I noticed Squirt had a bit of a limp in his right hind. Luckily it was nothing serious but it did make me more concerned about future injuries, so I decided to start the glucosamine.
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The condroitin and glucosamine it's the same for dogs and humans, the difference it's about the concetration.

I've used the animal one in the last 30 days and it works better than humans version...

The doctor want to kill me, but my case it's running out of solution. (Years of Jiu jitsu and surfing) no more elbows and live in pain sux.
In this country the human version is much more expensive, in US I guess that's cheap and I recommend, because it's made with good quality.

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