Conner looks like he's a fitter boy than the pics I remember last (they were a while back). He's handsome of course, either way...gotta love the rednoses.
For a while I was taking the advice of a trainer (and a few others) who told me he needed the extra body fat for "energy reserves". It didn't make sense to me then but I tried it for a while to see. End result? He lost almost all of his wind and was gassed after about two minutes of OB and bitework. Since then I've leaned him out and conditioned him the way I think a bulldog should be kept (roadwork, sprints, weight pull, etc.). He works a LOT longer now while maintaining focus and intensity. His stress level in the work is lower as well, as he's not fighting fatigue early on in the session. It's also better for the joints and soft tissues and will make for a longer working career.
Side note...do you ever get funny looks from people walking by?
I try to do bitework in "out of the way" places, and we definitely don't do civil or hidden sleeve stuff where the general public can see (it looks too real). Actually, most people are surprised at the control and focus instead of the biting. Being an LEO helps in case someone calls 911, of course.