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Powerhouse road keep

Discussion in 'Conditioning & Training Library' started by trey01, Dec 11, 2009.

  1. trey01

    trey01 Big Dog



    I'm just going to go over our basic roadwork keep. Just the exercise regime, you can figure out what you want to feed and which supplies you're gonna use on your own! You don't need a bike, flirt-pole, spring-pole, etc.. The only equipment that is ESSENTIAL is: a good harness, a 10 ft. and a 50+ ft. lead, weight pull harness, some chains, and a good set of legs, he he. Please keep in mind that this keep is not for the lazy b-----d,
    and it's not for the dogman with only a few hours a day to spare.
    Its a very draining keep, but is extremely rewarding in the end.

    I understand that people work their dogs in different environments (city / country), so common sense and improvisational skills will be needed in great abundance! But no matter where you work your dogs,
    the common goal is to fill the dog with enough air, and put enough strength on him to get the job done.

    This will be a 6 week program, with a 2 week pre-keep:
    Week 1. Using a good harness walk the dog out for about 1 hour a day, checking the pads regularly. Try to keep him at a decent clip, maybe 3-4 mph. (You can do a little flirt-pole work, I don't suggest more than a few minutes per session 2-3 times a week, and make sure it's on a surface that wont tear his pads up). We do this for 6 days of the 1st week if there are no problems with the pads. The 7th day he gets about a 30 min. walk. After each workout, we like to rub the dog down from the nose, down to the toes,
    a 20 minute rubdown does more for the dog than most people think.

    Week 2. Same as Week 1., but we increase the time of the walks to 1 1/2 hours a day. This is nothing for the dog, he's just loosening up and his pads are getting tougher. You're also creating a special bond with the dog while you're walking along, talking to him, building trust, BECOMING A TEAM.

    Week 3. Day 1. - give the dog about a 30 minute walk at a moderate pace, then get yourself to a place where you can hook up the long lead to him and let him do some sprints. Ball work if he'll do it, or maybe he'll chase some small game if they're around. A little flirt-pole work, LOW TO THE GROUND, will work well here also.
    It's important that you get him to open up. After about 15-30 minutes of some serious playing,
    I'll continue the walk for another hour, then bring him home for his rubdown and feed.

    Day 2. - Got your weight pull harness ready? Walk the dog out for at least 20 minutes, making sure he's empty. Then hook him up to the weight pull harness with a 5-10 lb. chain on the end (depending on the size and strength of the dog) and get him moving at a good pace for about 30 min., which is equivalent to about 2 miles or so, give or take. Now you're ready to take the weight off, and finish up with a cool down walk for about 1 hour, a warm bath and a good rubdown is how I like to end day 2,
    and don't forget to rubdown the dog too, lol.

    Day 3. - Dog should be ready for some work when you go out to greet him. Get your walking shoes on
    cause its 2 hours at a fast walk today. Also you might throw in 15 minutes or so of some ball work.

    Day 4. - Same as day 3 minus the ball work.

    Day 5. - Same as day 2 with a little flirt-pole to start the day.

    Day 6. - Rest day, 20 minute walk out.

    Day 7. - (New Cycle)
    Each week I will increase the walking time by 1 hour, so by peak week I will be up to 4-5 hours of walking, which is equivalent to about 15-20 miles. I will keep the 15-30 minutes of "playing" the same, and the 2 miles or so of weight pulling stays the same thru-out the keep. I will cycle down on the work once we reach our peak, and the dog will have its last day of real work 1 week out, from 6 days out to 4 days out all he's doing is some light hand walking, dialing in his feed appropriately. 3 days out till the weight pull
    only time he's going out, is to empty.

    Thru-out the whole keep it's IMPERATIVE to monitor your dogs pads CONSTANTLY.
    I will try and start out the dog on a 6 on, 1 off cycle, or maybe 5 on, 1 off, but this is just an outline. I have to take a lot of things into account such as the weather, how the dog is acting, how I am feeling, etc. and then make some minor adjustments in how were going to achieve our goals. You can never make up for lost time, so don't try to, lol, if you need a couple of days off, or your dog needs a couple, then by all means, TAKE THE TIME OFF. But don't try and make that time back up by putting undo stress on the dog; it's a gradual process.
    Many dogs have been conditioned SOLELY on electric mills with great success. I've seen dogmen work their dogs for a few hours on the e-mill at 3-4 mph and come in and win. The e-mill is a great tool,
    but nothing compares to getting out there with your dog and hitting the road.

    Now if you take the basic concept of this keep, add a swim tank, or a mill, a jenny, some bite work, etc., make some adjustments, add your own flavor, you're going to have a happy, healthy, well adjusted dog that's going to come in with lots of air, and some serious strength. No matter what form of exercise regime you use,
    there is no substitute for solid dedication, common sense, and a good dog.

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