Hill fit...tashs bergans and ahem.. dogs cough..

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  1. Yes, of course, Foo!

  2. No, Mr T can never grow a tash that long. Foo!

  3. No, only -I- can pass selection. walt.


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  1. Hullo.
    Ok, the situation is thus - I want to grow a monster tash.
    Someone told me before i can actually get a monster tash
    i need to run up lots of hills, eat a lot, sleep all day and preferably join doll patrol. Then put lots of heavy things on my back, for some reason.

    I was thinking of investing in a dog - as a furry hill training aide.
    Has anyone ever taken a dog up big nasty scary hills?
    - does a dog actaully help in the process of getting up hills (does it bolt up them and give you smug looks till you catch up?)
    - if one feeds a knackered dog sports energy drinks, does it kind of spazz out all over the hills?
    Is the spazz out any way amusing enough to compensate for hunting down the little F#%*r afterwards
    - can a knackered dog fit in a bergan?

    Oh, i suppose i should ask the obvious?
    - CAN a dog handle hill walks?
    - If not, how many hours can it take before its dog under shoulder time

    Ta very much. Further advice on the topic of hills, and their walking on, is welcome but treated with caution. Advice for resisting knee injuries on hills, knee tracking, and tendon issues greatly welcome.
    Please, only reply if you HAVE scampered up a big scary hill. Couch potato's need not apply unless they dispense scorn and sarcasm

    (PS If a dog does selection, can it too grow a droopy bandito tash ? ) Has anyone ever ACTUALLY put a dog in a bergan?
  2. I know i cant spell..
  3. My old SSM used to take his hound out on runs, ran circles around the lot of us.

    My old lab did too, after he had built up to it, much like us, dogs get fitter the more they run, so i took mine up hills gradually (not just cos im a fatty) but i found that when he was wrecked, he was wrecked, as in, he went in the bergan and i carried him half way down, gave him loads of water, and he plodded the rest of the way.
    Eventually, unlike me, he could get up and down no dramas

    He did help me get up the hills, as he distracted me a little from the burning pain (getting out of the car park) but i never fed him energy drinks, just water. and unless its a great dane, he should fit in your bag
    damned heavy though

    edited to answer the question
  4. Depends on the breed; if you're intending to do serious Hill work, a Border Collie is probably your best bet. Fitter(and more intelligent)than a lot of humans.

    I would say, however, that you should'nt be be buying ANY type of dog just becaues you want a training partner. Dogs are for life, not just Selection. :wink:
  5. Jezzus christ that was a quick reply

    I thought it was only me that had a 24 hour caffene drip :)
  6. Biped

    Biped LE Book Reviewer

    You may have to get your average dog into shape before you can get stuck in properly. 5-6 hours stomping over the foothills will see most average mutts looking for a quick exit until they get into the habit - though it takes less time for a dog to get fit than a person.

    Once you get into a rythm, and the dog does, he/she is good company on a long one.
  7. My springer was excellent for long tabs - 6 hrs plus. She never tired.

    I've got a lurcher now. I live in Snowdonia so we get to do a fair bit of walking and he can handle 20km. He's not too keen on wet weather.

    Lurchers are admin free dogs. They rarely bark, hardly moult, get on well with all other dogs, and will happily spend 21 hours a day on the sofa.

    Best of all, they're free:

    Lurcher link forum - dogs needing homes
  8. I'd have to agree. For me Lurchers are my favourites.Great company, they're either flat out, or flat out.
    I have a Deerhound Greyhound Dog, now 8 yrs old, he can hillwalk all day or night in all weathers, did a 110 mile walk at a year old, and regularly does long walks. Can do 30+ miles happily, and can run alongside a Horse and Mountain bike all day. Although he's not much good at steepish rock scrambling.
    We've just got a Deerhound bitch now 16 weeks and she's going to be a monster.