August 19, 2008 at 3:30 pm #61925
i have just got a bike ;D i took stan down to the park just to see what he would make of me on a bike and he was fine once he had got used to it.
so i was wondering how is the best way to get him fit enough to come out on long bike rides with me? obviously i wont be doing anything to much as he is still getting over being poorly (and i need to get a bit fitter aswell) but once it is all sorted i would like to take him out on the bike with me (not riding a bike with me of course 😀 ) and was wondering the best way to get us both into shape ;DAugust 19, 2008 at 3:33 pm #68445wagsMember
take it slow and easy – you have to increase BOTH your fitness
i bike with mine and we go milesAugust 19, 2008 at 3:37 pm #68446
well my park is quite small so i was thinking of walking down there then cycling round and walking back to start with then gradually work it up to maybe cycling round twice then three times ect do you think that would work?August 19, 2008 at 3:39 pm #68447SweetypyeMember
Find somewhere safe (not the public highway) and get a springer if you can, which makes life easier and safer.
Take TPR when at rest and then measure after a mile or so.
Gradually increase pace and distance.
I have done the AD with both my dogs and that involves 13 miles of trotting beside bike and a short obedience test afterwards to demonstrate dog still fit.
Examine paws regularly, as if on tarmac your dog could get sore feet.
I bike mine 2/3 times a week.August 19, 2008 at 3:51 pm #68448
whats TPR mean? and AD?
i do want to get a springer though ;DAugust 19, 2008 at 3:58 pm #68449
also his breathing returned to normal (for him) after about 5 mins, is that good?August 19, 2008 at 4:16 pm #68450wagsMember
uhm i think thats about knowing your dog – if Oban took that long id be poking him but my dogs are very fit – the weather is a big factor as well – if its peeing it down id prob do a few more laps – if its hot then i dont bother
my local park is huge and ive got about a 15 mins bike ride down the canal first
so i walk to the canal – let dogs off – get on bike – take it really steady down the path – do one circit of park at a blast one slow then another blast then take it steady down the canal home
jump off bike and walk back – dogs breathing normal by the time we walk through the doorAugust 19, 2008 at 4:25 pm #68451SweetypyeMember
T for temperature
P for pulse
R for respiration
The fitter the dog the lower all of the above will be and the less time it will take for breathing to return to normalAugust 19, 2008 at 4:29 pm #68452
oh ok so how would you check the pulse? and what should it all be at when normal?August 19, 2008 at 8:41 pm #68453*Nick*Member
Pulse is inside of hind leg, have a poke round, you’ll find it…don’t press hard, don’t know what a resting heartrate should be for StanAugust 19, 2008 at 8:44 pm #68454
ok thanks i will have a go a couple times a day when hes at rest and work out his average or somethingAugust 19, 2008 at 9:04 pm #68455Foxisle_crazyMember
Oweee! Sore bum time!LOL! 😀August 19, 2008 at 9:07 pm #68456
it was my arms that hurt more than my butt, but yep once i get doing the longer distances ;DAugust 19, 2008 at 9:27 pm #68457kizkiznobiteMember
you have to find his ‘gait’ mode..his energy saver….the lope of the wolf is the nearest comaprison i can think of at the moment…August 19, 2008 at 9:29 pm #68458
do you mean his long loping trot type thing 😀
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