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Bullies are a great breed to build some solid muscle. This post will go over everything you need to know if you want to help your bully live a healthy lifestyle with muscles to the max.
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Why Add Muscle?
Dogs–like humans–benefit from a healthy lifestyle. Adding muscle to your dog can have several healthy results, such as a potentially prolonged life or a lesser risk for injury.
Not to mention, bully dogs have incredibly defined muscles. If you work on adding muscle to your bully, it’ll likely gain the attraction from onlookers. Others will marvel at your dog’s physique.
Before You Start Training
All dogs should be exercised anywhere from 20-45 minutes per day. If you’re someone who only provides minimal exercise to your dog, you may want to spend some time building up your dog’s necessary stamina. Jumping right into any workout routine can cause unnecessary strain on your dog’s body.
Even if your dog is used to exercise, you’ll want to consider some factors before jumping right in.
First, do some research on your dog’s breed and, if possible, it’s lineage. After all, your dog will only gain as much muscle as genetically possible. You don’t want to keep working your dog if it reaches its peak.
Second, it’s recommended to check in with a vet to determine if your dog can handle additional exercise properly.
1. Find The Right Diet
The safest way of determining the proper diet for your dog is checking in with a vet. However, if you simply don’t have time, there are a few things you can rely on when picking a diet for your dog centered around building mass.
The one surefire aspect of this diet is that it should be comprised of
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2. Cardio Vs. High Intensity
Generally, there are two forms of workouts for your dog: cardio and high intensity.
Some might frown upon cardio workouts, stating that it’ll just burn off the muscle you’re trying to build. However, that’s not entirely accurate. If you balance between cardio and high intensity, cardio workouts will continue to tone the muscle your building on your dog. Cardio workouts are generally long-distance runs, ranging from 2-10 miles long.
High-intensity workouts are dead sprints, modified sprints, pulling, jumping, and any other rigorous form of exercise that requires a high level of physical output in a short amount of time.
3. Set A Routine
It’s important to set a routine. As previously mentioned, it’ll be best to balance workouts between cardio and high intensity.
The routine should also be built as a steady progression. You’ll want to make the workouts more strenuous as more time progresses.
Here’s an example starter 14 workout plan for your dog:
Day 1: 2 Mile Trail Run
Day 2: 30min. Field Sprints
Day 3: Weighted Vest Sprints
Day 4: 2 Mile Trail Run
Day 5: 30min. Sleigh Pulling
Day 6 & 7: Rest
Day 8: 4 Mile Trail Run
Day 9: 30min Field Springs/ Evening Walk w/ Weighted Vest
Day 10: Hike/ Weighted Vest Sprints
Day 11: 4 Mile Run
Day 12: 30min. Sleigh Pulling/ Evening Walk w/ Weighted Vest
Day 13 & 14: Rest
4. Add Dog Weight Vest
Once you get a routine, it’s time to start adding weight. Over time, your dog will get used to the amount of weight they’re working out with. Thus, you’ll want to increase the load they carry. This may include adding weights/weighted vests to normal cardio runs, putting in heavier weights on the weighted vests, increasing the weight of sleigh pulls. Additionally, if you work on jumping with your dog, you’ll want to add a weighted vest over time. The more weight your dog can handle the stronger they’ll become.
5. Switch Up The Workouts
As you start to pack on the muscle on your dog, it might seem that he or she “plateaus.” In other words, it might seem that your dog hits its peak performance. Before declaring your dog primed, try switching up the workouts, or introducing new ones altogether. Not only will your dog get used to the amount of weight it works with, but it’ll also get used to the motions of the workout. You might try adding in more hikes or going on runs that require hills, or introducing obstacles on-field sprints. Another new workout to introduce is utilizing resistance bands for your dog.
6. Try Some Supplements
Your dog might even benefit from the integration of canine supplements to help their bodies recover quicker and stronger. Once again, My Bully Shop has you covered. We sell top of the line work out supplements designed to help your dog workout harder and longer.
7. Allow For Recovery
It’s important to recognize that, like humans, dogs need time to recover. As your dog goes through whatever motions you plan for them, their muscles will break down. Recovery time is crucial to allow these muscles to heal. During the healing time, muscles will grow more durable and stronger as they’re broken down over and over again.
Not to mention, overworking your dog can be dangerous. Not only do you run the risk of seriously injuring your canine friend–whether it be a pulled muscle or joint but your dog could learn to despise working out. If they’re not given proper time for their bodies to recover and adjust, they might only associate working out with never-ending pain. They’ll slowly create a negative association with working out, making the muscle-building process even more difficult than it has to be.
Hopefully, you’re already showing your dog the love and compassion he or she deserves. However, when we work with our dogs, it can be easy to get lost in the structured demand for physical activity. If you decide to build muscle on your dog via a workout routine, it’s important to praise your pet continually. Reward them for working hard. That way, they’ll always associate working out with some form of reward.