Locked&Loaded wrote:All throughout the hot summer months, I swim the heck out of my dog. As things have now started cooling off just a bit, I've been running 2-3 miles a few days per week. For us hunters and the dogs, I've learned it's a lot easier to just keep in shape all year as opposed to gettin fat and happy in the off-season and then trying to trim up just prior the hunt season.
gonehuntin' wrote:If you train a lot, a retriever doesn't have to be conditioned. Unless you hunt the uplands. If I'm conditioning an upland dog, they run 6-10 miles a nite, four times a week alongside my mountain bike at about 11-13mph. The speed doesn't matter as long as the dog is working hard.
Rick Hall wrote:Peake's penchant for game and endorphin makes him largely self conditioning, so about the only special pains we take are to get him in as much flotant similar to the marsh we hunt as we can without feeding a gator:
Griffdom wrote:Not to hi jack the thread but I was told by a guy I plan to hunt with in arkansas that it might be best to leave my dog at home and retrieve my own ducks when I come down due to the gators. Do they not go into hybernation?
I run my dogs at least 30 minutes most days during the week and about an hour on weekend days. The dog in question is a GSP and she puts on some miles in this amount of time. My griff stays closer and is just a pup.
Locked&Loaded wrote:Excuse my ignorance because I don't live in gator country, but I'm just curious, what kind of checking do you do in that type of terrain to verify it's gator-free and safe for pup?
Rick Hall wrote:Locked&Loaded wrote:Excuse my ignorance because I don't live in gator country, but I'm just curious, what kind of checking do you do in that type of terrain to verify it's gator-free and safe for pup?
Unless they're males dragging the ditches for tail during their Spring breeding season, big gators are generally going to want to be near deep, fairly open water for security and ease of hunting. Meaning shallows well away from deep water, where they can't hide, and deep water, like that in the video, carpeted with flotant, that precludes effective hunting, are generally safe from those big enough to see dog on the menu. But it's still wise, I think, to avoid anything much over 4' in those big gator free spots, just because they're unpredictable and may injure a dog out of curiosity or cussedness. Here's a little "farm release" that turned right around and bit the air boat after I let him go:
So you just don't know when they'll do something surprising. And most dogs seem to be lost around boat launches and such one might think gators would avoid because of all the human activity. There are very few, well studied, deep waters I'll work my dogs in until water temps hit the low 60s and the gator's metabolism slows to the point they quit eating. Also have to be careful during teal season while hunting safe flooded rice or other shallows that Pup doesn't chase a crip into trouble. We caught this plenty big enough fellow in a maybe 20' wide rice drainage yesterday morning:
Griffdom wrote:So, if the water is below 45-50 you would not have a problem hunting any water where you live?
dogyak wrote:Rick , they say a gator won't mess with anything that's bigger than them.
Rick Hall wrote:dogyak wrote:Rick , they say a gator won't mess with anything that's bigger than them.
I don't know who "they" is, but I know they don't know pecans about alligators. Right after snapping this photo, I hit this old gal with a stick for trying to come over the side of a running airboat. She sat back and watched while we picked her eggs, but something about cranking the engine flipped her switch, and here she came...
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