Hello all I just joined the site all of 5 minutes ago and have questions about conditioning.
Sorry for the book but I figured you guys would need data lol it just frustrates me that he's so big I know genetics are are part of it but he's rescue I have no idea what his are. My friend has a rescue red and that dog is lean straight muscle with huge legs and she doesn't do anything with him I wonder what he'd look like if she actually worked him out, poor dog is losing his mind to tail chasing.
Here's the Bio:
My pup Sam (Samael) is signed up for advanced obedience training and the big rule is that he's always in the crate whenever I cant keep my full attention on him. I'm in school with a job so he's locked up most of the day he's also in the crate at night for bed. My lab/bulldog (mostly lab) Zeke is in the same training however he has more energy and seems to do well in this, he's not pitbull buff but he's got good muscle tone (built like a runner) and has way more than Sam even though he was neutered too young (4months yikes! sorry Zeke you were my first boy and everyone even the vet told me to neuter him asap lol) Sam was neutered around 8 months.
Zeke feels very strong and I see some definition especially in his legs while Sam is just squishy I mean really he's SQUISHY even when his standing I see no strength in those muscles, my lab's legs is like poking a wall while I feel like poking Sam should make him giggle lol
I let them both out around the same times except separately, they walk/run no less than 30 minutes a day and get out in the yard to play (although it's so freaking hot they take 2 steps out then run back inside lol), Sam plays tug/fetch until he drops but he just seems fat I actually found him when I believe he was about 6-7 months old because the las of his adult teeth were just coming in this was back in April this year so I'm guessing he's about 10 months now.
He used to be on the Nutro Ultra diet but now my dogs are switched to raw food
This is what I usually do with him:
Let out for "relief" first thing, drives me nuts all the poop breaks they need to take lol. And a little leg stretching and play
Mental training (the obedience stuff) thats usually about 15- 20 minutes or until I'm out if hot dogs lol
Tug/fetch for another 10-15 minutes
We go for a run either outside or he's put on the treadmill this is about 15 mins for Sam 30 for Zeke including cool down, or we bike. And our street is nothing but hills
Then he's returned to the crate to rest then he's fed and the process is repeated when I come home from work.
Also with his raw food I mix it with things like eggs n flaxeed because straight meat gave them all the poops even after months to adjust, however Sam is missing patches in his fur and he's somewhat dull. He and Zeke are in the crate the same amount of time Zeke has no patches and has the shiniest black coat you've ever seen.
I feel like I'm abusing the poor pup some how, he's not my 1st dog just my first pit, I think he's amstaff? kinda stocky and he's blue.
Question: basically what else can I do for him that doesn't compromise his training? I live in ohio don't know of any rivers or lakes that isn't over an hour a way I have no pool, just would like some more tips on conditioning my pup that has some details, I've read other posts but it's all run/play/swim/flirt pole, I'm broke so whatever is cheap lol and he's too young anyways for weights right? and that's to build when I want to tone him down. Most posts say WHAT
to do but not HOW
I should do it.