With hunting season beginning in three weeks, we’re doing some conditioning to get into shape for the rigors of bird hunting. It’s too hot to do much aerobic work outside, and beginning in August, I keep the guys out of the water over concerns of algae poisoning although I haven’t heard of any outbreaks of the deadly blue-green stuff yet.
So I work the dogs out on the treadmill and since they cannot be unsupervised while on a treadmill, I work out on the elliptical to keep them company. With four of the guys working out for 20 minutes each and one for 10 minutes, that’s 1 ½ hours of elliptical exercising for me. After the elliptical workout, I do 25 minutes of T25 stretching and another 20 minutes of Tai Cheng neural reboot.
Dakota can’t wait to get started with her workout.
The guys get a treat both before and after working out on the treadmill and Dakota is obsessed with it, always the first to jump on. In fact, I often have to put up the child gate to keep her from pushing her way in for extra work.
Dakota just happy do be working out.
At the age of 10, Dakota walks on the treadmill at a medium pace for 20 minutes.
Sophie concentrating on her workout.
Sophie is going on 13 and enjoys the treadmill as well, and I walk her at a slow pace for 10 minutes. She usually waits in the room for her turn.
Elvis enjoys the workout after it’s over.
Elvis doesn’t necessarily enjoy the treadmill, but dutifully takes his turn. I put him on one of the pre-programmed workouts for 20 minutes; he doesn’t take a treat until after working out, at which time he gets 2 treats.
Mia trucking along on the treadmill.
Mia enjoys the treadmill but not with the enthusiasm of the Labs. I put her on a pre-programmed workout for 20 minutes as well.
Doc brings a workout buddy with him.
Doc loves the treadmill and usually brings a “friend” to work out with. As with Elvis and Mia, I put him on a pre-programmed workout for 20 minutes.