Training with dogs?

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    Jul 21, 2007 9:46 PM GMT
    Does anybody have any ideas for including man's best friends in their work out? I mean other than just going on short runs.

    My dogs really hate bicycles, because they don't get go to with me. They just lay down on the porch and mope when I get out the bike. When I'm lifting weights, they just lay there and watch me.

    They're really starting to get out of shape.

    I already had the idea of building a fitness trail around the farm, with some sort of obstacles along the way. That'll probably take until next year to be operational. I need to think of "obstacles" that will challenge both me and the dogs.

    Any other ideas?
  • hotversguy

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    Jul 22, 2007 7:01 AM GMT
    what kind of dogs?

    Labs? Newfies? Find water.

    Shepards, Rottweilers, find, uh, something to herd.

    My idea, look up your dog's breed(s) - or primary breed if they are a mutt - on the AKC site and see what they were bred for.

    You'll never get a greyhound to swim. And you'll never get a French Bulldog to do much of anything.
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    Jul 29, 2007 8:44 PM GMT
    Yeah, kinda important to know what kind of dogs you're talking about but I think most will appreciate you taking them out and doing something with them like a frisbee or something.

    And the shepards, well, you don't need something to herd - just something that'll make them work. There are good packs for dogs that you can get and use them to carry water and whatever else.

    http://www.wolfpacks.com/ or http://www.ruffwear.com/Products/dog_packs
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    Jul 29, 2007 9:14 PM GMT
    Our French Bulls love to run and play tug-o-war. No good around water, they just sink, but they're speed demons when running and fierce as tuggers.
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    Jul 29, 2007 10:02 PM GMT
    Yeah, but those frenchies aren't can't keep up with my IG -- he can take off like a demon. There are also plenty of people who mountain bike with there dogs in the hills behind my house, and run and walk and etc.
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    Jul 29, 2007 10:16 PM GMT
    My Uno is a herding dog and we used to use him for that alot, but he is getting older now. We still go on walks and hikes. We have some pretty steep cliffs near our house and I have to carry him up some of the steeper parts. The pic of him in my profile is him taking a break after climbing a steep section of the non-existant trail.
  • UStriathlete

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    Jul 29, 2007 10:41 PM GMT
    my mini pin runs with me 3 x a week, from 20mins to 60mins. plus i take her to dog park and walks every day. she can 6 min miles easily.
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    Jul 30, 2007 3:02 AM GMT
    I have a 18th month yr old german sheperd, when he was young i used to run with him everyday around 7am, but now he is too big, he often tends to run to where dog's have weed, and he tends to loose concentration.
    I think he needs to attend obdience classes, but the deal is that everyone is so scared of him, but he woudn't hurt anyone he is just a playful dog