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Old 09-03-2013, 06:50 PM   #1 (permalink)
 

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Conditioning progress or lack thereof. pics inside

Hey guys, I am three weeks into conditioning Roxy. Blue has been conditioned already but hes not a mutt like Roxy is. I know this may be genetics, but I want to make sure I am giving Roxy a fair chance at getting into the best looking and best shape she can be. The pics are at the bottom of this post, but I also want to post her training and nutrition so I can get all the feedback i can. Both positive and negative as well as suggestions are more than welcome. I am here to learn. I cant tell much of a difference but maybe I am not looking for the right things.

Training
Because it is so hot in texas right now, I limit my during the day workouts and keep mostly everything early in the morning or late evening/night.

Walking - 1-2 miles/day. Also do interval jogging but cant to that much of it because I am still in physical therapy for my torn ligaments in my ankle.

Spring Pole - 30 min every other day

Flirt pole - 30 min 5x - 7x a week.

Fetch - every other day for 10 minutes

Protection - Blue and Roxy both do this (although not at the same time) about 2-3x a week. This is also her time (before and after training) for obedience work.

Weight Pull - 2-3x/week Roxy will pull a milk jug filled with rocks over at the field by my house for 20 minutes then we walk home (without pulling) which is 1/3 mile away.

A few times out of the month I will take the dogs swimming and/or to the dog park. The dog park isnt her exercise though. I use this to work on obedience. She doesnt play with other dogs but we do walk and run alot. I just use the park as distractions.

I cant bike ride with her in the neighborhood because of other people's dogs that are off leash and run to blue and roxy even on a walk. I use this time for obedience training though! I know once my ankle is healed I need to start really running them. I dont have the funds for a mill right now either. Saving for an engagement ring as i finish up nursing school. (last semester! whooo!)

Nutrition

Roxy is eating 2 cups/day of blue buffalo wilderness (grain free) along with 1 egg in the morning and chicken/turkey 3x a week.

Before the conditioning I was feeding her 3 cups/day

Any type of feedback is very very much appreciated! here are the pics

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Both were captured when she first woke up. Thank you all very much!
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Old 09-06-2013, 02:59 AM   #2 (permalink)
 

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ive started to walk 3 miles every day for the past week or so and i can already tell a difference. looking to get a mill now.
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Old 09-06-2013, 03:43 AM   #3 (permalink)
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Now I may be wrong but I don't think eggs are good every day for them. Not sure though. I do lots of running and flirt pole with mine. Our heeler mix and gotten in shape doing that and looks a hundred times better than before. Just know your dogs limits. For obedience, have you done it at home so it's 100% at home then work up to the distractions? It's important at home it's 100% then work on getting with distractions 100%. If your dog likes the hose you can play with the hose too since its so hot. My boy LOVES getting to play in the hose and runs around like a crazy man lol


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Old 09-06-2013, 03:54 PM   #4 (permalink)
 

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Now I may be wrong but I don't think eggs are good every day for them. Not sure though. I do lots of running and flirt pole with mine. Our heeler mix and gotten in shape doing that and looks a hundred times better than before. Just know your dogs limits. For obedience, have you done it at home so it's 100% at home then work up to the distractions? It's important at home it's 100% then work on getting with distractions 100%. If your dog likes the hose you can play with the hose too since its so hot. My boy LOVES getting to play in the hose and runs around like a crazy man lol


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i cant run yet cause of my ankle, just a very slow jog so i mix a jog in with our walks every day.

and yes, she is 100% at home. its been a 6 month obedience training routine. i started every day for a long time then she started to get really good so i backed it off a bit and started outside in the field where she runs. no distractions just different environment. now shes doing it pretty well at the park. not perfect, id say around 90%. She can be in the middle of playing with my friends dogs which they do often and i tell her to come and she comes to my left side and sits. stays there tilll i give another command even if i walk away with other dogs around, she ignores until i let her go.

Ive been walking alot more now and i can already tell a difference. Hoping this continues.
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i cant run yet cause of my ankle, just a very slow jog so i mix a jog in with our walks every day.

and yes, she is 100% at home. its been a 6 month obedience training routine. i started every day for a long time then she started to get really good so i backed it off a bit and started outside in the field where she runs. no distractions just different environment. now shes doing it pretty well at the park. not perfect, id say around 90%. She can be in the middle of playing with my friends dogs which they do often and i tell her to come and she comes to my left side and sits. stays there tilll i give another command even if i walk away with other dogs around, she ignores until i let her go.

Ive been walking alot more now and i can already tell a difference. Hoping this continues.
I'm not sure if I'm understanding. Do you let her off leash in dog parks to practice? Or just around the park with the distractions? Not sure if you've read the threads on dog parks or not but I recommend reading them.

And good for you and her getting the obedience down.
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I'm not sure if I'm understanding. Do you let her off leash in dog parks to practice? Or just around the park with the distractions? Not sure if you've read the threads on dog parks or not but I recommend reading them.

And good for you and her getting the obedience down.


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I understand the whole issue with dog parks. I keep her on a lead while I'm inside the fenced park. She's learned to ignore other dogs unless I say otherwise. There is a person I go with alot of the time who works at 'man's best friend' here in Houston who finds pits or bullys on the street, takes em in to train them and then finds a permanent home. I got with him and his pack alot and we all work on the end where no dogs usually go. It's a very large park. I know dogs can still run up to us but we are regulars there and people know when we are working to not let there dogs in our area. That being said, if a dog does come, we shorten the leads and use this time for more work. Roxy must come by my left side and lie down and do not give the random dog the time of day.
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Old 09-16-2013, 08:17 PM   #7 (permalink)
 

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Just recently got a treadmill (warming her up to it) and going to be ordering a pull harness from stillwater. I see improvement on her physique but its very slow. its been about 6 weeks but some progress is better than none i guess.

I am tempted to keep up the training but feed her more so the nutrients she is getting get to the muscles and her cardio is burning off the fat then in the spring decrease the food and see what she built
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Looking good! the difference is there!

Keep it up! If you get to a point where you aren't seeing progress like you were change up the routine a bit.
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