Can't build/maintain muscle tone through walking?

Discussion in 'Dog Health Care' started by PWCorgi, May 17, 2008.

  1. PWCorgi

    PWCorgi Priscilla Winifred Corgi

    Joined:
    Apr 12, 2006
    Messages:
    14,854
    Likes Received:
    0
    Trophy Points:
    36
    Occupation:
    1
    Location:
    Twin Citay!
    On another dog forum that I belong to someone said that you can't build and maintain muscle tone on a dog through just walking?
    Is it true?

    Reason I ask is because I'm putting Izzy on a new exercise plan to help her drop about 2 pounds (she is at a good weight now, but I'd prefer her to drop this weight because of flyball) and build muscle, but we have very few opportunities to go off lead right now. I've been walking her everyday around the university campus here, which is nothing but steep hills and she spends most of it in a quick trot. Will this increase muscle tone?

    TIA :)
     
  2. Dekka

    Dekka Just try me..

    Joined:
    May 14, 2007
    Messages:
    19,779
    Likes Received:
    1
    Trophy Points:
    36
    Occupation:
    8 dogs and 6 horses.
    Location:
    Ontario
    Home Page:
    I would think it would depend on the dog and the walk...
    A corgi has little legs and a brisk walk as you pointed out is a quick trot. So in that case I would think it would help. You might not build a lot of muscle but it should be good cardio.

    Now if it was a greyhound or some large leggy dog, I don't think even a brisk walk would do much.
     
  3. Dizzy

    Dizzy Sit! Good dog.

    Joined:
    Sep 14, 2005
    Messages:
    17,761
    Likes Received:
    1
    Trophy Points:
    36
    Occupation:
    Not enough.
    Location:
    Wales
    Ermmmm..... I don't know to be honest.

    Can you go jogging? Or get a long lead and ball to throw?

    Surely flyball in itself will help her drop weight and tone up?

    Do you know any hydrotherapy pools nearby?
     
  4. LoveNewfies

    LoveNewfies New Member

    Joined:
    Nov 4, 2004
    Messages:
    170
    Likes Received:
    0
    Trophy Points:
    0
    Walking up the hills, along with feeding a good food that has plenty of meat protein and low carbs, can certainly help to build and maintain muscle mass. Off leash play, even in doors playing tug-o-war and such will help as well.
     
  5. adojrts

    adojrts New Member

    Joined:
    Dec 27, 2006
    Messages:
    4,089
    Likes Received:
    0
    Trophy Points:
    0
    Occupation:
    7
    Location:
    Ontario, Canada
    Walking on leash only is not ideal, if you can do restrained recalls up hill plus run with her.
    Another thing that is important to do, when walking my dog for conditioning I do many slow miles but I have him in a padded harness.........I want him to pull sometimes, this strengthens and builds muscle by resistance. Another good way is by walking them in water, get a kiddie pool, just a few inches of of water is also resistance training. Those kind of exercises take care of what we call the bottom end, speed and hill work is for the top end, heart, muscles and lungs............
    And don't forget to feed those muscles with proteins and added fat even when trying to lose a couple of lbs.
     
  6. PWCorgi

    PWCorgi Priscilla Winifred Corgi

    Joined:
    Apr 12, 2006
    Messages:
    14,854
    Likes Received:
    0
    Trophy Points:
    36
    Occupation:
    1
    Location:
    Twin Citay!
    Thanks for the replies :)

    Probably an idiotic question, but will that build endurance?

    Unfortunately she will not chase a ball, yet.
    We have flyball once a week, so I don't think the work we do there is enough to make a real difference, though when we are actually to a point where she is completing the course I may try and set one up at my house. There are no hydotherapy places, but I am going to see if I con find some nearby swimming holes that I can take her to, not sure if she will actually swim, though I would love it because of the level of impact.

    She will not play tug, but she does wrestle and play some chase indoors with Frodo.

    Would that be where someone holds her at the bottom of the hill and I call her to the top so that she really runs hard up the hill? The only problem with that would be that the hills are actually roads. Maybe I can find some on upper campus, I would have to just call her from a stay though because nobody would help me.

    Izzy wears her flyball harness on walks and she does pull occasionally. She also pulls really hard into the harness during flyball practice when she is on the lane getting ready to jump.

    She's on TOTW Pacific Stream.
     
  7. Dekka

    Dekka Just try me..

    Joined:
    May 14, 2007
    Messages:
    19,779
    Likes Received:
    1
    Trophy Points:
    36
    Occupation:
    8 dogs and 6 horses.
    Location:
    Ontario
    Home Page:
    Cardio is what the main 'part' of exercising that builds endurance.

    Teaching her to pull on command would be a good way to build muscle (in a comfy harness)

    Can you run with her too. If you could get her to pull running up a hill that would really work!
     
  8. cliffdog

    cliffdog New Member

    Joined:
    Sep 20, 2011
    Messages:
    349
    Likes Received:
    0
    Trophy Points:
    0
    Location:
    LA (Lower Alabama)
  9. release the hounds

    release the hounds Active Member

    Joined:
    Apr 10, 2008
    Messages:
    4,381
    Likes Received:
    0
    Trophy Points:
    36
    Occupation:
    7
    Location:
    Midwest
    Guaran fricking teeeed to put muscle mass on your dog :)

    I like to bike, to keep a steady trot for a few miles, do some jumping and of course swimming, but its' getting a bit cold to be running for 5 hours up and down a beach. Though they would.
     
  10. VomBullenfeld

    VomBullenfeld Rottweiler

    Joined:
    Dec 15, 2011
    Messages:
    23
    Likes Received:
    0
    Trophy Points:
    0
    Location:
    Columbia MO
    Home Page:
    A good way to develop muscle tone through walking is to teach your dog to be in the lead and walk in front of you while pulling (not wildly pulling)

    This can be taught fairly easily by having a friend or family member walk in front of you and the dog while calling for its attention or squeaking a toy. After a few walks, it should become second nature for the dog and will greatly improve its muscle tone. Hope that helps.
     
  11. SarahHound

    SarahHound New Member

    Joined:
    Nov 26, 2010
    Messages:
    3,120
    Likes Received:
    1
    Trophy Points:
    0
    Occupation:
    13 - 3 dogs, 2 cats, 3 rabbits, 3 guinea pigs and
    Location:
    North West Scotland
    Ceitidh had no muscle at all when we got her. She pretty much only has leaded walks, and she is building muscle, slowly but surely. I don't think its as good as other forms of exercise, but I think it can be done (depending on the walk).
     
  12. Kayota

    Kayota New Member

    Joined:
    Sep 16, 2007
    Messages:
    962
    Likes Received:
    0
    Trophy Points:
    0
    Location:
    Southern Illinois
    Well that's some sound advice.

    ...anyway...

    Is there any way you could bike with your dog, just by the side of the bike? I'm not sure how that would work for a corgi... But I've been biking up to 3 miles a day with my dog and she is getting visible muscles especially in her hind legs and seems to have lost a little weight.
     
  13. Aleron

    Aleron New Member

    Joined:
    Feb 19, 2011
    Messages:
    2,270
    Likes Received:
    0
    Trophy Points:
    0
    Occupation:
    several
    Location:
    NE Ohio
    Home Page:
    I know some show Boxers who were pretty well muscled by mostly walks, of course they were also genetic predisposed to being muscled too. They were walked on Flexis for at least a 2-3 miles a day. I think walks on flexis will give your dog a much better work out than just leash walks. On flexis mine will walk a lot further than me because they go out around, come back to me and it also gives them a chance to walk faster or trot.
     
  14. FG167

    FG167 New Member

    Joined:
    Apr 11, 2012
    Messages:
    2,709
    Likes Received:
    0
    Trophy Points:
    0
    Occupation:
    3
    Location:
    Jefferson, GA
    I have a Corgi that I needed to get into shape for flyball as well :) I took her on walks and encouraged her to pull and that really helped her core/hind legs. I also ran with her (2-6 miles) on and off and she will learn to run next to a bike this summer. She loves to run. I also have a long room in my house and I throw kibble for her to chase and then sprint back to me and do obedience (sit/down etc) and then sprint again. We made a push board and I taught her to run down, do her swimmer's turn off it and sprint back for kibble (this is how she earned dinner). I also found that teaching her to sit pretty and then lay down and back and forth helped to build her core muscles as well.
     
  15. puppydog

    puppydog Tru evil has no pantyline

    Joined:
    Nov 27, 2006
    Messages:
    7,500
    Likes Received:
    0
    Trophy Points:
    0
    My dogs muscle up really nicely on just walks.
     
  16. -bogart-

    -bogart- Member of WHODAT Nation.

    Joined:
    Jun 9, 2008
    Messages:
    3,192
    Likes Received:
    0
    Trophy Points:
    0
    Location:
    South East Louisiana
    holy zombie thread batman.
     
  17. JessLough

    JessLough Love My Mutt

    Joined:
    May 16, 2009
    Messages:
    13,402
    Likes Received:
    2
    Trophy Points:
    38
    Gender:
    Female
    Occupation:
    Kennel Manager
    Location:
    Guelph, Ontario
    I just spent 10 minutes trying to figure out when you got a new dog. Then realized this thread is ancient and before my time here lol
     
  18. PWCorgi

    PWCorgi Priscilla Winifred Corgi

    Joined:
    Apr 12, 2006
    Messages:
    14,854
    Likes Received:
    0
    Trophy Points:
    36
    Occupation:
    1
    Location:
    Twin Citay!
    Yeah, holy old threads batman.

    Izzy was Frodo's littermate who lived with me for 3 years, wasn't NEARLY the PITA that he brother is, and now lives with a different family due to crappy circumstances, including SSA with my mom's senior poodle mix.
     

Share This Page