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    So I know you're surprised to see this posted in a bulldog forum, of all places, but hear me out.

    My fairly new adopted "English Bulldog" Thor has in my belief, a bit of Boxer in him, as well as some EBD also. His paperwork claims him as a full EBD, but I think the rescue just labels whatever they like.

    Back to the point. He's got energy for days. We at least do x2 miles a day, but usually shoot for 4, and he's still got energy when we get back. He can run for hours, and still has energy when we get home. He's also only 18 months, so he's still puppy'ish. A friend suggested a weighted vest the other day, and I'd never heard about it, but I've started looking around, and it's a real thing. It apparently really helps wear the dog out quicker, and most dogs who want to go go go seem to love putting it on.

    Does anybody have any experience with something like this? It's either I get one of these vests, or I get the add on carrier packs for the Julius harnesses, and use sand bags or something, which would be cheaper...

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    I've never tried one, haven't heard of them…but I have the opposite issue at times lol. Bass won't even budge some mornings if it's still too early for him to get up.
    You shoot for four miles? Holy Moly, that is one energetic pup! Curious to find out how well they work!! Good luck.

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    do you have a picture... i bought a bulldog from a pet store( i know).. and she looks like she has either boxer or olde english in her.. i always questioned her but again it don't matter to me.. she has the sweetness trait of a bulldog... but i have offended wondered about her because her body is longer and she isn't as wide chested as my others.. but i love her just the same..
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    Quote Originally Posted by Laurie View Post
    I've never tried one, haven't heard of them…but I have the opposite issue at times lol. Bass won't even budge some mornings if it's still too early for him to get up.
    You shoot for four miles? Holy Moly, that is one energetic pup! Curious to find out how well they work!! Good luck.
    Yeah, don't I know it, AND he still wants to play when we get home. He needs a lot of energy expelled. He likes to wake up at 4:30am and bark until we start moving.

    Quote Originally Posted by punky View Post
    do you have a picture... i bought a bulldog from a pet store( i know).. and she looks like she has either boxer or olde english in her.. i always questioned her but again it don't matter to me.. she has the sweetness trait of a bulldog... but i have offended wondered about her because her body is longer and she isn't as wide chested as my others.. but i love her just the same..
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    She looks very Olde English. The reason I expect boxer in my dude is because he uses his paws like one. He played with a boxer the other day in the dogpark and they were all "boxerish" together, using their paws to ninja fight. But he also looks like a bulldog sometimes, I can see how they would get confused.





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    he is very handsome.. my porkchop looked like a bulldog as a puppy but as she got older her looks changed.. she is going on 8 and has arthritis in her front leg due to surgery she had when she was a puppy. but she still has the energy when she sees someone in the yard or if we go on walks she is always the one in front.. my rocky and gucci are a different story.. we have to stop a couple times for them.. unless we do one of those dna test we may never know.. it wont change anything but still it would settle a few questions.. huh..love his color too.. porkchop had a litter of pups, 7 of them and all were different colors.. one looked alot like him..

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    Quote Originally Posted by punky View Post
    he is very handsome.. my porkchop looked like a bulldog as a puppy but as she got older her looks changed.. she is going on 8 and has arthritis in her front leg due to surgery she had when she was a puppy. but she still has the energy when she sees someone in the yard or if we go on walks she is always the one in front.. my rocky and gucci are a different story.. we have to stop a couple times for them.. unless we do one of those dna test we may never know.. it wont change anything but still it would settle a few questions.. huh..love his color too.. porkchop had a litter of pups, 7 of them and all were different colors.. one looked alot like him..
    Thanks! There is no slowing him down. The vests are used with German Shepherds and Pitbulls for training, I've read reviews that people with Huskies use them to wear them out. I think it will be a good investment for Thor.


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    I think they sell cooling vests too (with pockets) so when the weather turns hot you won't have to worry too much about the extra weight/over heating. I thought I saw one at one of the pet stores…I'll have to google because I can't remember.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Laurie View Post
    I think they sell cooling vests too (with pockets) so when the weather turns hot you won't have to worry too much about the extra weight/over heating. I thought I saw one at one of the pet stores…I'll have to google because I can't remember.
    Thanks! The one I found online is pretty good, it can step up to 50 lbs (not that you would ever get there) but the reviewers said the only problem is it's really hot for the dog, so in the winter it's fine, but long workouts in the summer could be hazardous. It came down to almost $120 including shipping, which is a lot of money for a dog vest, but I guess if it wears him out on our walks, it will be well worth it.




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    I'm wondering if I should just get the side pouches for my Julius harness and put weights in there. $30 and a couple of weights would be cheaper than $120, plus it could double with the harness I already have.


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    I hope it works out for you. Sorry that I have no input on the matter…my main concerns while researching before purchasing would be 1. overheating and 2. extra stress on body…Let me know if you want help w/research or reviews.

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    I was going to suggest a doogie back -pack..... why not do the Julius add on, you have more control with how much you place in it and would not have to be overly concerned with extra heat or too much weight
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    Quote Originally Posted by Laurie View Post
    I hope it works out for you. Sorry that I have no input on the matter…my main concerns while researching before purchasing would be 1. overheating and 2. extra stress on body…Let me know if you want help w/research or reviews.
    No problem! Thanks for chiming in and offering to help! I think I'll go the Julius route, I'm happy with all their stuff.

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    I was going to suggest a doogie back -pack..... why not do the Julius add on, you have more control with how much you place in it and would not have to be overly concerned with extra heat or too much weight
    I think that is the best idea. I'm just concerned about finding the appropriate weights for the side bags, and I'm wondering if there are some mobility or medical reasons the way the weighted vests are designed? Ie. I don't want to put uneeded pressure on his spine because of the distribution will be funny in pack add on vs. the designed vest. I suppose that the Julius gear was designed to hold weight, so at even 2-5lbs it's probably alright.

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