The Administrator from the Great White North, eh?
Join Date: Jun 2006
Location: Northern British Columbia
A number of years ago I did the AD with Keeta - I started conditioning her (and me) about two months in advance. For her, the main issue was developing the ability to stay focused on task for the duration (Ohhhh!!! A squashed toad on the road! Smells delicious, MUST go and investigate - CRASH bike and rider being dragged towards dead toad), and developing the work ethic to push herself even if tired.
We passed easily, but I don't think we would have been successful from either the endurance side of things and the staying focused on the task at hand side of things if I did not prepare her.
At the time Keeta was still being kibble fed - she got half her regular rations that morning, I don't think that it would have made a difference whether she did get fed a normal meal or not.
I hope to do an AD with Gryffon - he has natural focus and we are active enough that for him, two week preparation would be enough. We are just coming out of winter here, the roads have just recently cleared of snow, and my bike is still in the shed. If I heard of an opportunity for an AD in two weeks, I would pull out the bike, do a couple of warm up trips as you are doing, and just go and do it. Gryffon is raw fed, I'd probably just give him a smaller meal than usual on the morning of the AD, just so that he is not running on empty.
The main reason dogs fail ADs is because of bloody paws - if you dog is used to regular walks on pavement, he should be fine. If he only ever runs and plays on grass, I'm not sure if two weeks will be enough to toughen up the paws.
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Keeta BH, OB1, TR1, AD
Rottweiler/Hairy Dog mix?? 2004-2015