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Discussion in 'Dog Chat' started by Rolosmum, Mar 30, 2011.
Do you/should you warm you dog up before you let it go for offlead exercise.
We do. Brig walks to heel off lead, pups on lead for first ten minutes then let go (obviously not Zak anymore) I dunno if there's much point as all three get very overexcited when they know we're going out and warm up quite nicely in the kitchen first!
Ours always walk on the lead before being let off, so thats a warm up.
Also massage mine often after a long walk and sometimes they just 'ask' for a massage, especially my veteran girlie
On lead walking to the offlead area.
No, mine don't to be honest. We live very rurally so it's out the door and onto the feilds, no leads involved for the Mastiff, Westie and Bernese.
The Greyhounds stay on leads all the time anyway, but it's not something I've ever really thought about
We warm up by walking to the park/farm on the lead. Then they are off at 100 mph! Nutters! We also do cool down after a long walk. Nearing the end of the walk say about 20mins before I reach home they are back on the lead walking, so they are cooled down gradually. Mine walk some distance each day so I always carry water for them. :001_smile:
Yes you should warm up the muscles and warm (cool) them down after strenuous exercise, certainly before any form of canine sport or if they are going to belt off like lunatics on a walk or when you open the car door. The easiest way is five minutes or so sensible lead walking before and after.
Thanks for the replies, has got me thinking that as they are both young and Rolo especially goes hell for leather a little lead walking (if they dont choke to death in their eagerness) might be best when first getting out of the car, just to protect their young bones.
Heel walking is great just not at the start of a walk!
Green bones as my mate calls them!
I always warm up before exercise, I always walk the horse before he's allowed to trot. It is a total trauma lead walking but after several consistent days with the canny collar, the boys are tons better. Zak is just shamefully vocal (he's just been howling at Bear because Bear wouldn't give him the toy he had ) so whines most of the way!
They've been taught to heel without leads but obviously we can't risk that with Zak.
I seen on lead walking as a warm up.. then on lead walking on the way back as coming back down..
Holly walks to heel, well, loose lead, on the way to the woods, where she can then go offlead, and back on lead sometimes during the walk, and on the way home