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    I've been seeing things about physically conditioning the dogs lately. How are they doing it and for how long. If you are a pro and train several dogs or are an amateur with a full time job where to you find the time. It's tough enough to get prime time now to train on the different concepts.

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    Both of mine join me for my morning 7 mile run.

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    ATV, get them used to running along side and just go. Start slow and work up, mine progressed fairly quickly.

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    I wouldnt think a dog on a pros truck needs conditioning. I think that is targeted to the dog that sits on the couch eight months out of the year, preparing them for the upcoming season.
    Cut 'em

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    Quote Originally Posted by B Peterson View Post
    Both of mine join me for my morning 7 mile run.
    I plan on doing this with mine once he's older and finished growing. I can't wait to have a running partner

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    Jogging with a human "pacer" is of little value to the physical conditioning of the retriever. You can't sprint fast enough to give a retriever a meaningful workout.

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    Quote Originally Posted by JS View Post
    Jogging with a human "pacer" is of little value to the physical conditioning of the retriever. You can't sprint fast enough to give a retriever a meaningful workout.

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    Biking might be better. I try to do this a couple times a week but really moving the dog at a run on our track in Watford. After they cool down we train!!
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    The one in my avatar was roaded daily even during hunting season before heading out to hunt. He loved it and did it till he was 10-11yrs old just at a slower pace. Then he took up fishing And would swim for extended periods of time. My vet always commented on what great shape he was in throughout his entire life.

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    Quote Originally Posted by JS View Post
    Jogging with a human "pacer" is of little value to the physical conditioning of the retriever. You can't sprint fast enough to give a retriever a meaningful workout.

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    I run with my lab and he's a machine. We don't go fast enough but labs usually don't run more than a hundred yards at a time so it evens out

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    Quote Originally Posted by tuckerdutch View Post
    I run with my lab and he's a machine. We don't go fast enough but labs usually don't run more than a hundred yards at a time so it evens out
    Maybe yours only run no more than 100 yards at a time. Mine routinely run more than a quarter mile for one mark (250 yard mark = 750', to the mark and back = 1,500'. 1,320' in a quarter mile).

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