Tuesday, September 10, 2013

Fat Bill's Keep

Training or conditioning a Pit Bulldog for show or for combat is an individual effort. Your success will greatly depend upon the amount of time and effort that you are willing to spend on your dog. This keep is based upon the idea that anyone can bring a dog up to say, 50% of his potential for strength and endurance. A top amateur can train a dog up to 75%, while a top professional can consistently show dogs at around 90% or more of their potential. This method will take you step-by-step through a complete training cycle for a combat dog.

CONDITIONING

It is my theory that if dog A and dog B are equal in natural ability and gameness and dog A has been better prepared (conditioned) for his fight than dog B, then dog A should win the match; and he will 9 times out of 10. In this keep, we will try to do everything possible to help our dog's chances of winning while not doing anything to hurt him in anyway. I believe that, in training, if you dog 10% or 15% more for your dog that you opponent does for his, then you will win at least 4 times out of 5. I might add that is is the little things that count in the long run. You must follow the general formula of this keep, if you wish to see the maximum benefit and the best results.

FEED AND WEIGHT

It is best for the dog and easier on your pocket book to keep your dog within 3 or 4 pounds of his fighting weight all the time. Excess weight and fat will just strain the heart and vascular system. If your dog is more than 3 pounds over match weight, then prior to the keep, you should just put him on a low fat, high protein diet. Weigh your dog each day just prior to feeding. Never try to take off more than one pound per week. Any more will weaken him. Your feed should consist of 1/4 to 1/2 pound of lean meat and cottage cheese and 1 1/2 to 2 1/2 cups of Purina high protein dog food once per day, depending on the size of the dog. Neck meat off of a bull is the best meat that you can get. Always feed the meat in big pieces so that it will take longer to pass through the dog. Quite often, you can find an animal by-products factory in your area. These places pick up fresh, dead or crippled livestock from farmers, and you can buy fresh beef or horse meat at around .10 or .12 cents a pound. Never feed your dog more than he will eagerly eat. If you some reason he doesn't eat eagerly, take the food away until his next scheduled feed - this will bring his appetite around. Always weight or measure the feed. No guesswork. If you weight the meat and measure the dry food, then as you weight your dog each day, you can increase or decrease his food to control his weight. Do not try to fight your dog too thin as it will weaken him. Always watch the dog's stool every day for any unusual signs such as blood or diarrhea. His stool will give you a daily indicator of his general health. Always keep fresh water available to the dog. Bottled mineral water is also very good for him. Allow your dog to cool off after working him before giving him any water.

Feeding at night is the best, as a general rule. Most matches are at night and it is important for your dog to be empty at the time of the match. Do not feed that for the last 24 hours before a match. Do not give water the last 12 hours. Try to be as regular as possible about the time of feeding. In hot weather, your dog will eat better at night when it is cool.

Give your dog a One-A-Day vitamin + iron and one tablespoon of Clovite conditioner in his food each day. 

Was his food bowl before you feed him each day and give him fresh water every day.

WORK

Before you start the keep, you should give your dog several days or even 2 or 3 weeks of 10 or 15 minute workouts. Either roadwork or on a treadmill is fine. This will get him uses to working and will toughen his feet. Always pay careful attention to his feet for cuts, bruises, or for wearing his pads thin. I like to paint his pads with Bonocain until they get tough. Bonocain is also good for any injuries to his pads. 

Always avoid over-working your dog. If he gets overly tired or starts breathing rough and straining during a work out, stop and walk him until his breathing becomes normal and easy. As you gradually increase his work, your dog will get a little more exhausted, but he should take the amount of work in his keep with no difficulty. If the situation arises that he can't take the daily increases, give him the amount of work that he can take for a few days. He will soon be ready to get back on schedule. Remember too, dogs have their bad days just like humans. If he doesn't act really eager during a workout, rest him that day. That will sharpen him back up. 

Hand walking is one of the best ways to get your dog in top condition. It is a little harder on the trainer, but it really pays off in the pit. You cannot overwork your dog by walking him. If you have the time, up to 5 miles per days is ideal. Always walk your dog 1/2 mile before and after each workout. This is the least amount of walking that you can get by with and still get top condition.

The amount of work called for in this keep will bring your dog to a peak of condition. But, if your dog runs especially hard, you may have to give him a little less work. If you have a lazy dog, it will just take a lot of patience on your part. If you have a lazy dog, let him run after a cat one day and a chicken the next, or you can experiment around and possible find some other animal he likes especially well. 

This work schedule is the most desirable, but you should be flexible enough to fit it to each individual dog according to his ability. Remember, some dogs just have a lot more natural wind that others. This schedule is listed both in miles and in minutes on a treadmill. If you use a mill, it is very important that it runs free and doesn't make your dog pull too hard.

WEEK ONE

Sunday - No work

In the afternoon, give him a 2 cc injection of combiotic and 2 tablespoons of Milk of Magnesia

Monday - 3 mile walk or 15 minutes mill 

1/2 teaspoon B-15

Tuesday - 3 1/2 mile walk or 18 minutes mill

1/2 tsp. B-15
1/2 cc male hormone
1/2 cc B-12

Wednesday - 4 mile walk or 21 minutes mill 

1/2 tsp. B-15

Thursday - 4 1/2 mile walk or 24 minutes mill

1/2 tsp. B-15

Friday - 5 mile walk or 27 minutes mill

1/2 tsp. B-15
1/2 cc male hormone
1/2 cc B-12

Saturday - 5 1/2 mile walk or 30 minutes mill

1/2 tsp. B-15


WEEK TWO

Sunday - rest

1/2 tsp. B-15

Monday - 6 mile walk or 33 minutes mill

1/2 tsp. B-15

Tuesday - 6 1/2 mile walk or 36 minutes mill

1/2 tsp. B-15
1/2 cc male hormone
1/2 cc B-12

Wednesday - 7 mile walk or 39 minutes mill

1/2 tsp. B-15

Thursday - 7 1/2 mile walk or 42 minutes mill

1/2 tsp. B-15

Friday - 8 mile walk or 45 minutes mill

1/2 tsp. B-15
1/2 cc male hormone
1/2 cc B-12

Saturday - 8 1/2 miles or 48 minutes mill

1/2 tsp. B-15


WEEK THREE

Sunday - rest

1/2 tsp. B-15

Monday - 9 mile walk or 51 minutes mill 

1/2 tsp. B-15

Tuesday - 9 1/2 miles or 54 minutes mill

1/2 tsp. B-15 
1/2 cc male hormone
1/2 cc B-12

Wednesday - 10 mile walk or 57 minutes mill

1/2 tsp. B-15

Thursday - 10 1/2 mile walk or 1 hour mill

1/2 tsp. B-15

Friday - 11 mile walk or 1 hr. 3 min. mill

1/2 tsp B-15
1/2 cc male hormone

Saturday - 11 1/2 miles or 1 hr. 6 min. mill

1/2 tsp. B-15


WEEK FOUR

Sunday - rest

1/2 tsp B-15
2 cc combiotic

Monday - 12 miles or 1 hr. 9 min. mill

1/2 tsp B-15

Tuesday - 12 1/2 mile walk or 1 hr. 12 min. mill

1/2 tsp. B-15
1/2 cc male hormone
1/2 cc B-12

Wednesday - 13 miles or 1 hr. 15 min. mill

1/2 tsp. B-15

Thursday - 13 1/2 miles or 1 hr. 18 min. mill

1/2 tsp. B-15

Friday - 14 miles or 1 hr. 21 min. mill

1/2 tsp. B-15 
1/2 cc male hormone
1/2 cc B-12

Saturday - 14 1/2 mile walk or 1 hr. 24. min mill

1/2 tsp. B-15


WEEK FIVE

Sunday - rest

1/2 tsp. B-15

Monday - 15 mile walk or 1 hr. 27 min. mill

1/2 tsp. B-15

Tuesday - 15 mile walk or 1 hr. 30 min. mill

1/2 tsp. B-15 
1/2 cc male hormone
1/2 cc B-12 (this will be the last injection of B-12)

Wednesday - 15 mile walk or 1 hr. 30 min. mill

1/2 tsp. B-15

Thursday - 15 mile walk or 1 hr. 30 min. mill

1/2 tsp. B-15

Friday - 15 mile walk or 1 hr. 30 min. mill

1 tsp. B-15 
1/2 cc male hormone

Saturday - 15 mile walk or 1 hr. 30 min. mill

1 tsp. B-15


WEEK SIX

Sunday - rest

1 tsp. B-15

Monday - 10 mile walk or 1 hour mill

Tuesday - 10 mile walk or 1 hour mill

Wednesday - 5 mile walk or 30 minutes mill

Thursday - 3 mile walk

1 tsp. B-15

Friday - 3 mile walk

1 tsp. B-15

Friday - 2 mile walk

1 tsp. B-15
Approximately 24 hours before the match, give 1 cc male hormone

Saturday - rest

3 hours before the match, give 1 tsp. B-15

1 hour before the match, insert a glycerin suppository in the dog's rectum to be sure he empties out. Hand walk slowly until it's time to wash your dog.

This keep is based on a Saturday night fight. If you fight on Friday, start one day earlier, for a Sunday fight, one day later.


IMPORTANT NOTES

If you must travel with your dog over 100 miles, you should stop every 100 miles and hand walk your dog 8 or 10 minutes.

During this keep, you should take your dog for a ride in the car once or twice each week, taking him for a longer ride each time. This will get your dog used to traveling and will make the ride to the match a lot easier on him.

If you have to travel over 300 miles, you should go a day early so your dog will get a one day rest before the match.

Never try to match or condition a wormy dog. He must be free of parasites. If your dog has had hookworms, it will be at least 3 months before he is fully recovered. Hookworms hurt both his blood count and his wind.

Vitamin B-12 will cause your dog to overheat if used the last 10 days before the match.

If you use a treadmill, always stay with him during his workout. Don't go eat supper or watch TV. Remember anything can go wrong. Do not match your dog too light with this keep. It is better to match a pound heavier than a pound lighter. All injections are in the thigh muscle with a 1/2 inch 26 gauge needle. Shoot in the left leg on Tuesday and the right leg on Friday or vice versa. Always wash your opponent's dog to be sure you don't get your dog poisoned. Buy yourself a rule book and study it so you will know the rules well. During workouts, talk to your dog; praise him and encourage him. Pet him often. Remember, the more your dog likes you and trusts you, the longer and harder he will fight for you.

IN CONCLUSION

There are not great secrets in conditioning. Any dog fighter that does his own conditioning can tell you that the only secret is dedication. 

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