Lisa wrote:I see what your sayin guys...
but as long as its low impact and no real weight for a while, I think 18 mos. is rather extreme.
Thats like not getting a child into physical sports that may reqire strength or jumping until they are done growing. 18ish? Do any really good athletes wait that long? Or parents? I am very carefull at conditioning my dogs that compete. Or my dogs that dont. I think they are healthier.
Just because I only compete in a sport once a month or so and have whole seasons off, doesnt mean they are an 'armchair cowboy' in-between. (they EARN their space on that chair... and the couch... and in my bed... )
I compete with a lot of people who wait to train their dog until they are mature, go to classes once a week, compete 3-5 times a year, and thats it. I dont believe that is really preparing a dog physically and mentally for the sport. If thats how you train you SHOULD wait until they are older. Because their bodies probably wont take it. At least with most breeds. Just because these dogs can take it, I dont think thats enough for them. But I still see the dogs that train that way break down more often than the dogs who started young and phsically conditioned regularly for their sport.
I condition my dogs for obedience and agility. And I have done it for schutzhund and tracking.
I would like to know how you do it for pulling.
I dont plan to do too much too fast... But I want to know what other people are doing.
I appreciate and welcome any and all opinions. I just want you to know (who dont know me already) that I am not a 'weekend warrior'.
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