Monday, January 4, 2016

James Crenshaw’s Keep

To begin with, you must have a healthy dog. This is a 12 week keep. The first 4 weeks I walk the dog 10 miles per day. I walk him everyday for these 4 weeks and feed one hour after the walk. If the show is to begin at 8:00 p.m. then I walk my dog from 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.. This 4 weeks is to precondition the dog and get him close to weight. It is very important to get all gut or internal fat out of him. If you can’t get the fat out from his intestines, heart, lungs and liver, you can’t put him in shape.
For this first 4 weeks I feed the following:
1 cup of Pro Plan (chicken and rice) adult formula
1 cup Kellogg’s All-Bran
1 or 2 cloves chopped garlic
1 tablespoon chopped spinach
2 cups chicken broth
1 cup cooked chicken
Place the 1 cup of Pro Plan, 1 cup of Kellogg’s All-Bran, chopped garlic and chopped spinach in a feed pan. Heat the chicken broth and cooked chicken and pour over the items in the feed pan. To make the chicken and broth, I place 15 chicken thighs in a 3 gallon stock pot and fill with water. Cook until tender and place in refrigerator when cool.

Week 5:
The walk is still 10 miles (5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.). Immediately after the walk, while he iss still warmed up, he gets 5 minutes on the treadmill. When he comes off the mill, walk him 30 minutes to cool down. Then rub him down good and put him in his quarters. Prepare his food and feed him one hour after he comes off of the mill. (If your dog is losing excessive weight, feed more dog food). If he is dehydrated, increase liquid. However, if he is losing too much weight, it is possible you are going at the wrong weight. He should not have water between mill and feed time. But when you feed him, place at least 1/2 gallon clean water when he has access to it. The water should be changed and the contained cleaned daily. I read once where someone said the green stuff in the water won’t hurt the dog…. but give him one bucket on clean and one green with algae and see which one he drinks from!
Continue each day of week 5 the same. With only 5 minutes of mill work, it shouldn’t be necessary to rest him this week. But this keep is only a guide. You have to use common sense. If the dog is tired or doesn’t feel good, rest him.
Week 6:
Walk 10 miles (5:00 pm to 8:00 pm)
10 minutes of the mill
Rub down
Everything stays the same (if the dog loses weight, add additional dog food). Everything else stays the same. Be sure to replace water.
Week 7:
Walk 10 miles (5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.)
20 minutes on the mill
Rub down
Everything else stays the same expect feed:
With miles walk, 20 minutes on mill, and 30 minutes to cool down, the dog should be drying out some. At this time, I leave all ingredients the same except liquid and chicken. I put 3 whole chicken thighs (including skin) with bone removed. Broth: add 1 ounce per pound body weight (40 pound dogs get 40 ounces broth daily). Wait one hour after mill and feed. Put down water so he can drink.
Week 8:
Walk 10 miles (5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.)
15 minutes mill
30 minutes walk
15 minutes mill
30 minute cool down
Rub down, feed an hour after mill, and replace water
Week 9:
10 mile walk (5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.)
20 minutes on mill
30 minute walk
20 minutes on mill
30 minute walk
Rub down
Feed an hour after mill, replace water
Week 10:
10 mile walk (5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.)
30 minutes on mill
30 minute walk
30 minutes on mill
30 minute walk
Rub down
Feed an hour after mill, replace water
Week 11:
Sunday
Begin 10 mile walk at 4:00 p.m. Finish walk at 7:00 p.m.
30 minutes on mill
30 minute walk
30 minutes on mill
30 minute walk
30 minutes on mill
30 minute walk
Rub down
Feed at 10:30 p.m., replace water
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday = SAME AS SUNDAY
Friday:
5 mile walk (ending at 8:00 p.m.)
20 minutes on mill
30 minute walk
20 minutes on mill
30 minute walk
Rub down
Feed one hour after mill (10:10 p.m.), replace water
Saturday:
5 mile walk
15 minutes on mill
30 minute walk
15 minutes on mill
Rub down
Feed one hour after mill (10:10 p.m.), replace water
Week 12:
Sunday:
5 mile walk (ending at 8:00 p.m.)
10 minutes on mill
30 minute walk
10 minutes on mill
Rub down
Feed one hour after mill (9:50 p.m.), replace water

Monday:
1 hour walk ending at 8:00 p.m.
10 minutes on mill
30 minute walk
Rub down
Feed one hour after mill (9:10 p.m.), replace water
Tuesday:
Today, I put the dog in a kennel in my bedroom, keep the room cool and quiet. I take him out early in the morning for a good walk (about 30-45 minutes). Put him up until noon and take him for another 30-45 minute walk.
4:00 p.m. – walk for one hour
5:00 p.m. – feed him, put him back in kennel
9:00 p.m. – walk him just long enough for him to empty or urinate. Put him in kennel until morning. I offer him water after each walk before he goes back in the kennel.
Wednesday, Thursday, Friday = SAME AS TUESDAY


Friday:

I made sure to arrive at the area of the show at least 30 (thirty) hours before showtime so I could feed the last meal there to insure my dog got plenty of rest. 8:00 p.m., 2 cc Dex, 2 mg –ml. Put under skin, NOT muscle.
Saturday:
6:00 a.m., 5 cc Dex under skin
All this is a guide if the show is at 8:00 p.m. Saturday
I never feed but once daily. This will keep your dog regular and insure he is empty at show time. Next to getting the gut fat out of him, this is the most important: making sure he is empty at show time. He will get hot and week if he has anything in his stomach.
To make weight, I use broth without any solids. I strain chicken brought through cheese cloth and save one pint. You can give this to him up to 3 hours before show time and it will not do any hard.
And last, this is only a guide. You have to use common sense to apply with any success.
Example:
If the dog loses weight, feed more
If he gains weight, wore more or feed less
If he is tired, rest him
If you are lazy and don’t work your dog, he won’t be in shape
If he is dry, add more broth
If he is too wet, decrease broth
Don’t push him too fast. Work according to schedule in pre-keep to prepare him for work. Not many people have to ability to condition. I once read an article that Earl Tudor wrote which said he doubted if there was five men in the world that knew how to find a dog’s weight, get the gut fat out, and knew how to condition him after he got the fat out.
I will go one step further and say:
If there are three today that know this and are not too lazy to put him in shape, I do not know them.
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