tdm32 wrote:And as far as building muscle, I understand some of it is in his bloodlines, but like people your muscles nee to be trained in order for them to grow. Any average peson just doesnt have muscles cause he has good genes... (But of course the bettter the genes the easier it makes it) People have to workout and develope those muscles.
This is true. But you wouldn't have a 2 year old child lifting weights. It's hard on their fragile joints.
For dogs, the joints must be strong enough to endure the stress that will be placed on them. 1 year of age is a good time to start them on a mild weight program (like pulling low weight on a short walk) or endurance workouts on a treadmill or sprints while playing.
Anything under one year and you're putting your dogs structure at risk for future problems.
Like for instance I've seen pits with a fat heavy chain as their collar. I'm sure that has to develope thicker neck muscles. as well as a thick heavy chain used as a leash, I'm sure that works their shoulder muscles.
This DESTROYS a dogs neck, back, front legs, and back legs. This is a myth. And you'll end up with a broke down dog.
A small, light, very durable cable set up is far better than a huge chain tie out. This is for IMAGE more than their dogs health.
I would suggest you consult your vet, get your dog health checked, hips tested, the whole nine yards before doing anything that requires them to work out.
Waiting until the dog is old enough to take the stress is the first step in a successful training program.
Until then, feed the dog well, play with it daily, give it plenty of fresh water, and love it.
As the dog grows up you'll get an idea of how their structure will turn out, then consult your vet, get the tests done, then you can start a proper canine exercise routine.
Keep in mind, this whole response is to WEIGHT training a young dog.