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Old 02-01-2012, 11:05 PM   #1 (permalink)
 
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Hi guys, I've been conditioning Rebel on the Flirt Pole a few times a week.

So far he loves it and could probably go all do if I let him.

My question is how long should I let him go for and how many days should I rest him before having him go at it again.

I was also wondering how much a dog as active as him should be eating a day.

I am currently feeding him EVO 2 - 2 1/2 cups a day and supplementing with Nuvet and Nujoint. He is about 4 1/2 years old and 60 lbs.

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Old 02-01-2012, 11:36 PM   #2 (permalink)
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every day for as long as you can with a nice walk to relax afterward 1 day rest if thats all the work you do should be fine
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Old 02-01-2012, 11:53 PM   #3 (permalink)
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I would say you can go for as long as YOU can! lol You will notice when your pup starts to not drop it as fast when you are asking, or try to chew on it instead of want to play with it. My boy usually goes for about 10 minutes in the summer and about 30-45 (if I let him) in the cooler weather.

My boy is neutered (so they get less kibbles since the way the body works is changed due to neuter) he WAS getting 3 cups of food a day pre neuter, and gained 10 lbs in a few months since I didn't increase his workouts or cut back on kibbles. He went on a diet and harder workouts now he only get 1 and a half cups of food a day, as well as Fish oil in the morning, and pumpkin or yogurt with ACV. I also give him 1-2 stick of string cheese for distraction during our walks or working on training and some grain free biscuits. I could increase his kibbles and do away with the other stuff but I like giving him treats through the day and on walks.

If your boy is a good weight in your terms and your vets, just stick to what you are doing. Keep in mind if you go for harder workouts he maybe hungrier than normal and I sometimes give a overflowing 3/4 cup at dinner on days he has worked harder. I have to bring him in next month to get weighed to make sure my boy isnt losing anymore weight on this amount since its trial and error. Ask your vet if you can use the same scale and just bring him in every few months to see if he has changed.
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Old 02-02-2012, 01:22 AM   #4 (permalink)
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I actually am hesitant to say as long as possible as the length is going to be determined by health, activity level prior to beginning flirt as well as drive and will that your dog has to continue. The last thing you want to do is over work your dog and break the spirits prematurely. You also do not want to cause injury from over working or pure exhaustion. Knowing your dog and knowing what to look for in terms of exhaustion is going to give you most of your answers, especially if no known health factors are an contributing factor..

Generally speaking i never use the flirt any longer than 20 or so minutes but this is not the only method i use for keeping in shape and over all conditioning. I wouldn't recommend any longer than 20 to 30 minutes tops for any given session, remember you can always start with a power hand walk and jog, flirt than a cool off hand walk to end that particular session.. You can repeat once or even twice more at any given day IF you feel appropriate for your dog.

If your dog has never really done much of exercising or conditioning in the past, its best to start off with very short sessions (perhaps as little as 5 minutes, adding some trail walking in) to begin with as you won't really have a keen feel for your dogs reactions or signs of needing a break.

But really, to answer your question.. Theres no "set in stone" time frame or amount per week you should be working your dog as each hound will be differently.. Some can easily tolerate 3 - 5 hours a day, others need to be limited for various reasons to just a few hours..
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Ya I agree with above you can go everyday. Mine love it and its a great workout. I usually quit before they do though and have to pull them off the rope lol.
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