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Old 10-17-2013, 05:49 AM   #16 (permalink)
 

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This is a very good post. The problem is that a lot of dog owners (not only pitbulls) are extremely sedentary and do not understand the needs of animals...literally speaking....since they do not even understand the needs for themselves as human beings.
It is very true that pits are extremely athletic dogs. I had no idea until I got one and begun testing her for agility and strength (I am also a seasoned extremed endurance athlete so my approach is a bit different). Their endurance is excellent too. I am sure that different types of pit breeds maybe more or less prone to specialty activities.
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Old 10-17-2013, 07:50 AM   #17 (permalink)
 
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I had always planned to get an athletic dog because I am prone to laziness if I don't have an incentive to work out. A case of if you can find an excuse not to go, you won't go. lol. He is my reason to get my bum off the couch.

I had no idea what I was getting myself into when I got my pup. At 5 months old he is an absolute terrorist if he doesn't go for a walk (I do a mile to a mile and a half with him most afternoons) I am getting him used to a harness at the moment, and he gets so excited when he sees it because he knows he is going somewhere.

My question is when is it ok to progress to greater distances? There are some really nice trails near to me, and is love to take him out into the wilderness.


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Old 10-17-2013, 06:05 PM   #18 (permalink)
 

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I think depending on breed and dog as well, but above all IMO ALL dogs can take more work exercise than we think. Certainly some of them are more inclined like huskies, who do best in cold weather runs.
In the wild animals go for days without food and cover great distances (not running but trotting). The runs and high speed chases are basically reserved for hunting. Imagine that....they do it at empty stomach at times.
I think pit bulls being a work-dogs breed can be trained to do various distances at different paces. Hiking in the woods for 5 to 10 miles at dog walking pace is nothing for them. Things change if they do other things, like sprinting, up hills runs, jumping. These are high intensity exercise and can make a huge difference in how their energy (ours as well) is used.
They are adaptable and can be conditioned.
I don't think is fair to train the dog while on bike or driving a car. That is NOT a correct assessment. If you are going to condition the dog for strength and endurance you, human person should do it as well. This will give you a much better idea of the requirement of your pet. Like temperature is a HUGE factor in dog ability to cover distance or intensity level. I would say, mine was struggling at 86F on 5 miles run (shaded/open course) with water availability en route. Meaning, she was able to cool off by drinking and bathing. She kept her pace, ahead of me, but last 2 miles behind me. She also experience "the runs" when dehydration symptoms begins to show. This is NORMAL even for people. I would feed her before outings. Then I begun not to feed her. I followed the same rule I use for me. That worked better for her and is more natural too.
OK so for the same distance at 66F she does not need the same hydration. Hey...I am the same way almost.

To answer your questions: simply add some distance as you go for walks/hikes at fast pace. Follow a rule of 10% (very conservative) to 30% (pushing envelope a little)...so I would say day 1 and 2 half mile, then 3 and 4 3/4 of a mile and so on. Consider weather too. On hot days be conservative. On cold days push envelope, so to speak. Most dogs should be able to cover 3 miles comfortably in few months?

This guy I met at the trail (straight flat course of 7.6 miles)....runs his jackrussell terrier on leash for that distance while on bike. That is a VERY HIGH energy dog. Pit-bulls are HIGH energy dogs....but some of them are more and some less.

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Thanks for that.

I will give that a try. I took him on a 2.5 mile fast walk (flat course) a few weeks ago on a cold day. He was bouncing off the walls and I was loosing my mind. (It had rained for 3days)

Jack Russell's are crazy dogs. They are really popular in SAfrica. So have seen a vast range of energy levels in them. For the most part they are very high energy. I have a friend who had one, their property was quite steep and long, and he would run up an down that property chasing monkeys all day everyday. The only other place I have seen a dog so well muscled is on here.

I considered getting one, but I got bit as a kid by one who was not a people friendly dog so was a little skeptical. Also had not found a pup who stole my heart the way Jones did. lol


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Great read.
I often do walks and slow joss of about 5 to 10km a day. It doesn't faze my 12 month old at all, I think any pit can easily manage that. I do make consideration to walk/run him on grass due to his front paw condition.
I would like to start some agility training 3 months from now.

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I have seen some great things (online) from these dogs in the agility field.

I am looking forward to starting something like that with my boy. But that will only happen seriously this time next year.

BM thanks for that, I will start pushing myself more with Jones.


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All good posts, my only additions would be to create the conditioning program that fits the event that your dog is competing in. When conditioning dogs years ago I have seen many people run the backs off of their dog and they weren't conditioning for a marathon. This left the dog too weak. Others didn't do intermittent sprints and the dog had no burst of energy. In any event, adjust your training to fit the event, and remember the diet is just as important. I too was a competing athlete and had the advantage of physiatrists training me. Carbohydrate loading for instance works on dogs too! Always feed a balanced diet but adjust your protein and carb days accordingly. Also the work days should match the feed program so that when your dog is working hard he has the necessary carbs and on easy days protein. Dogs should not just keep adding to their work and wear them down. Like a human athlete dogs need easy medium and hard days. They too need to peak at the event time and this takes a watchful eye.
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Maybe I should post this elsewhere, but I kinda think it fits! LOL, If you on pits they're usually training you! I remember my first two dogs, it's been almost 40yrs. if I remember correctly tora and dora were off woods oso negro out of crenshaws honeybunch. I had never heard of a pitbull. Mom and dad laughed because I paid 70 dollars for them and they were suppose to be fighting dogs and they were anything but, for a time. At about 7 months things changed, and before long they came home one morning looking like they'd been on a two day drunk with blood all over them. We soon learned what a breakstick was after standing on their heads and none of the other methods worked. After the neighbors cat we fenced them in. Next it was mom's ceramic statue of a dog, toro came into the house saw it newly placed in the living room charged and burst it to pieces! Yes, I would say the pits have trained me very well! REX
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