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post #1 of 17 (permalink) Old 05-26-2009, 09:05 AM Thread Starter
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How long to train for AD?

I'd like to do an AD with my bitch before she ages out, she will be 6 in October and I think they have to do it before they are 7. I was looking at the USA events today and saw a club run by an acquaintance is doing a show and AD in mid-July. Do you think that is too soon if I start training her now? She is healthy and lean. There's a lot of ADs so no biggy if we can't do this one but I'm wondering how seriously people train/condition for this? Seems like it's mostly roughing up the dog's pads?
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Re: How long to train for AD?

Wait....to do a USA club AD I assume I have to USA register this dog and she is not tat'd, looks like they required it for every dog? I'm not tat'ing a 5 year old dog.
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Re: How long to train for AD?

No, a dog does not need to be USA registered to participate in a USA trial. It just needs to have a scorebook issued by USA or an organization that USA recognizes.

GSDs are required to be permanently identified via tattoo or chip. So if she's chipped, you're all set for that requirement. You'll just need to make sure the club will have a reader on hand or bring your own.


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Re: How long to train for AD?

Lies, I found this link:

http://www.siriusdog.com/ausdauerprufung-ad.htm
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thanks Lauri that's the chart I need
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Re: How long to train for AD?

I just did a successful AD this weekend and I had trained for about 6 weeks. Biking one or two times a week and some treadmill work. The longest we ever biked before the AD was 6 miles.

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Re: How long to train for AD?

I think you'll be fine for the AD, Liesje. Kenya is in very good shape. I biked Keeta 3 to 4 times a week for about two months to get her ready for the AD, and we had no problems at all.

I alternated shorter rides (4-6 kms) were I pushed her for speed (never full speed, just made her trot a bit faster than what was a natural gait for her), and longer rides (10+ kms, about 6+miles) at an easy, comfortable trot to build endurance.

Remember that for an AD, your dog has to be on the right side of the bicycle. That can be confusing for dogs that are always used to trot on the left. I alternated Keeta so that she would be comfortable trotting on either side.

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Re: How long to train for AD?

Thanks guys I was going to do AD with Hella this past fall but then I got sick (I even went and bought bike and everything)Now I am training once more in hopes for the fall as hella will be 6,

Anyway 1 concern I have is when I was biking with Hella last summer I noticed she uses so much of her hind end for momentum that her back toenails were almost worn down to nothing.

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Re: How long to train for AD?

Slightly off-topic question ...

Does it HAVE to be a bike? Can it be a motorized thing - like a scooter?

I don't think I could go 6 miles on a bike.
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Re: How long to train for AD?

I do not know about the states, but I had questioned the BK about roller blades and was told no it has to be a bike.

Oh I also asked about me riding a horse and was told no.

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