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    i run into the same problem here in Texas, just too damn hot to get consistent conditioning in the fall and their pads don't get very tough either.

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    If it's hot, you can do water work. Cool out I just run em. Pretty basic. Keeping them at a thin healthy weight is the big thing. Too many people let dogs get way way too fat. Keep em thin and mobile, and they will be ready to work.
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    Quote Originally Posted by FCSpringer View Post
    If it's hot, you can do water work. Cool out I just run em. Pretty basic. Keeping them at a thin healthy weight is the big thing. Too many people let dogs get way way too fat. Keep em thin and mobile, and they will be ready to work.
    Agreed. All summer long Buzz doesn't do a ton of running, but he does alot of flying off the dock & swimming. Wears him out & keeps him in good shape. Cancels out the effects of beer & pizza.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Jonjhawk View Post
    I live in a city and don't have access to fields to road him or anything like that. I run with him when I can but I'm away at school and so I can only come back once or twice a week. How do you all get your dogs in shape for the season?

    That's tough, living in the city and all. Sounds like the bike route may be the best if you absolutely can't get out to some open spaces. Lucky for me I just load the dogs up, dump them out on gravel and watch them run for a few miles most of the time. Lets me be pretty lazy about the process which is probably good because if I had to get on a bike it's pretty safe to assume the dogs wouldn't be in near as good of shape come fall. Try to do more swimming at a local WMA when it's hot or just plan their running routes such that we cross a few nice creeks for a quick cool down along the way. I also have done some tuff foot spray on for a couple weeks before season to top things off and so far have had minimal foot issues and rarely boot the dogs keeping them on the gravel/hard surface seems to really help there. Perhaps one of these bad boys https://newatlas.com/dog-powered-recumbent-trike/8789/ , good luck.

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