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PatienceFlame 01-02-2010 11:02 PM

conditioning for a 7 month old pup
 
I want to start with low impact conditioning. I can see her shoulders have natural muscles and her thighs aswell. I want to bring out these features more and hope by 1 year she will only get better looking.

how much conditioning should I start her off at and what works well for low impact conditioning?

She is 7 months and I walk her and play fetch with her everday.


also




Is it alright if she has a 7inch chest and a 5 1/2 inch head?

she is only 44 pounds is she too skinny?
I feed her 3 times a day.

shadowwolf 01-03-2010 01:21 AM

She's a puppy. You want to let her be a puppy. You don't want to do any sort of 'conditioning' until she's at least 12 months old. Right now, she's in the growing phase of her life and it could negatively effect her quality of life if you condition now.

Daily walks, fetch, etc. along with some flirt pole are fine at this age. Nothing more intense is truly needed now.

wheezie 01-03-2010 02:28 AM

at an age like this i would get the pup used to the idea of working a flirt pole spring pole, wp, and mill. dont go all out just lay the foundation so the dog has an idea what to expect in the future

bahamutt99 01-03-2010 02:52 PM

Agree with Shadow. I flirt my puppies but keep it low to the ground to limit jumping. And don't let her tug hard when she catches it because there is always the possibility of messing up her bite. (Some dogs never have that problem. Some do. To me its worth waiting to tug later.) Also, don't worry about the measurement thing. The only folks who are usually worried about that stuff are the ones who want to impress amateurs with how overdone their dogs are. ;)

MY MIKADO 01-03-2010 02:57 PM

Walking and playing fetch on a hill are great ways to work our dog. I have a few jumps set-up for Vendetta so when we play fetch she has to do some jumping to. This helps wear her out too. Like Wayne said use the flirt pole maybe have have her drag a tire or a logging chain around. But only set the foundation she is still young and she needs to be a pup.




BLUE PIT BULL MAN 01-03-2010 05:19 PM

i think flirt pole and tug of war and other play would be all i did till my pup was about 16 to 18 months.

StaffyDaddy 01-03-2010 05:23 PM

Conditioning and pup don't belong in the same sentence. As they grow older, they will grow into the physique given to them by their genetics, given you exercise and feed them quality food. Don't stress a pup's joints, they have a long way to go before being completely mature.

Good Post Wheezie, and Bahamutt.

Take it easy on your pup. Let them have fun, they'll be in great shape if you just let them be puppies

davidfitness83 01-03-2010 09:11 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by StaffyDaddy (Post 247474)
Conditioning and pup don't belong in the same sentence. As they grow older, they will grow into the physique given to them by their genetics, given you exercise and feed them quality food. Don't stress a pup's joints, they have a long way to go before being completely mature.

Good Post Wheezie, and Bahamutt.

Take it easy on your pup. Let them have fun, they'll be in great shape if you just let them be puppies

totally agree, your dog should not be touching any weight resistance until 2 yrs old when the growth plates are closed and the bones and joints are done growing. excessive running and jumping will damage the joints of the developing puppy. Let it be a puppy and wait until the time is right.

MY MIKADO 01-03-2010 09:50 PM

If dne properly yu can d wieght cnditioning with your dogs. Just ask Andy. Swtich was pulling at 1yr of age.




davidfitness83 01-03-2010 10:02 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by MY MIKADO (Post 247677)
If dne properly yu can d wieght cnditioning with your dogs. Just ask Andy. Swtich was pulling at 1yr of age.

I dont see how healthy it is to get a growing dog pulling heavy weight. It's like having a 12 yr old kid doing heavy squats and deadlifts, it just can't be healthy in the long run. There are charts online of estimated growth plate closings on differents bones of the body and some do not even finish closing until two, that is not even considering ligaments and joints. You can take a gamble on your puppy's health and rush it or wait until he is ready to avoid any injuries or future orthopedic issues. Everyone has their opinion but the facts are there or I should say nature shows that the dog isn't developed yet so why take a risk.

PatienceFlame 01-04-2010 01:27 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by davidfitness83 (Post 247684)
I dont see how healthy it is to get a growing dog pulling heavy weight. It's like having a 12 yr old kid doing heavy squats and deadlifts, it just can't be healthy in the long run. There are charts online of estimated growth plate closings on differents bones of the body and some do not even finish closing until two, that is not even considering ligaments and joints. You can take a gamble on your puppy's health and rush it or wait until he is ready to avoid any injuries or future orthopedic issues. Everyone has their opinion but the facts are there or I should say nature shows that the dog isn't developed yet so why take a risk.

very well said!I wouldn't strap a heavy object on a 7 month old pup.

I will continue with the

walks
fetch
tug o war

and

slight spring pole play (all of her paws touch the ground so she doesnt have to jump.)




are there any threads about conditioning for weight pulling though? I wanted to get her into this when she is 2 years old.

food intake
how long she needs to condition

how much weights to start her off with.


I mean. is there a website? I'd like to readmoreon this.

also, I seen this water activity where they leap of a dock after a toy. what is this called and where can I find info on that??

it looks like alot of fun!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


oh, right...

are there any gatherings in the vegas area. apbt events? i'd like to be more involved and can't find anything.

bahamutt99 01-04-2010 02:27 AM

Encyclopedia of the American Pit Bull Terrier : HomePage

There's an article on weight pull training under the training pages. You can start the mental conditioning at your dog's age. Teaching them to go through the motions, that the thing dragging along behind them isn't scary, that it's sooooo much fun to pull, etc. But don't go heavy until later. I pulled my first dog in competition at 14 months, and I think I burned her out on it to where I ended up retiring her after she got her UWPCH. My current dog is 2.5 years old and I've been doing a lot more build-up with her with less emphasis on pushing her to the bitter end, and I already feel like I'm seeing a lot more potential out of her.

PatienceFlame 01-04-2010 04:34 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by bahamutt99 (Post 247830)
Encyclopedia of the American Pit Bull Terrier : HomePage

There's an article on weight pull training under the training pages. You can start the mental conditioning at your dog's age. Teaching them to go through the motions, that the thing dragging along behind them isn't scary, that it's sooooo much fun to pull, etc. But don't go heavy until later. I pulled my first dog in competition at 14 months, and I think I burned her out on it to where I ended up retiring her after she got her UWPCH. My current dog is 2.5 years old and I've been doing a lot more build-up with her with less emphasis on pushing her to the bitter end, and I already feel like I'm seeing a lot more potential out of her.

thank you! =)

MY MIKADO 01-06-2010 03:12 PM

I wasn't telling them to have the dog pulling 100's of pounds. I was talking about a chain or a tire. So yes you can start the dog out at 7mos of age.




PatienceFlame 01-06-2010 05:39 PM

can i apply 2 pound weight to the drag? while training her to "work" or no?


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