Hopefully all of us have been preparing for the season by keeping our dogs (and ourselves) in shape. We’ve done this a few different ways. I mountain bike and run during the summer. To get and keep the dogs in shape, we include some free running, running from horseback, roading from an atv, and in the case of one of my dogs, running in a harness with some welding cable attached. Each of these activities work the dog in different ways and I always try to keep it balanced, not overworking any one area.
I love having a few helpers along!
Daisy dragging cables. This conditions and keeps the dog close at the same time, which can help with patterning, handling, etc.