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Heart of the American Pit Bull Terrier Keeps IV


To win you do it better!

When I first got into the dog game and worked my first dog I worked him with roadwork and walk. I showed up with a top conditioned dog and won in 1 hour, and 10 minutes. The next dog I worked was with a treadmill plus roadwork and walk. She too, was in good shape and won in 1hour and 15minutes, if I remember correctly. I lost with one the same day but it was not because of my conditioning.

The next thing I found out when working a dog is that they can be put in shape most anyway a person sees fit.
Since I was working on a job most of the time, the next thing I started working on was an easy way to work a dog. I had seen everyone else's way of working a dog by now, but I had something else in mind. I wanted to work a dog like a wild dog would work if he had to hunt and kill his food, more so like the big cats do, or like an eagle. They make their kill when they are very thin with no fat whatsoever on them. This is the time when most wild animals kill for food. Their blood count is on a natural high and there is no fat to make them breathe hot. This is when they are their sharpest and make their kill. Their condition at the time of the kill will not return until they are ready for their next kill. In between times the wild will tend to get fat and slow and lazy and they will have miss after miss until they lose all their fat and get sharp, hunting and working their bodies into shape.

In my way of thing the cat mill was the machine I was looking for. Frank Fitzwater showed me his, he had a big wagon wheel on a hub with a 2x4 sticking out about 12 feet with a chain on it and another 2x4 in front of it with a box attached. Frank told me that it was a cat mill but nobody he knew would use one because they were afraid they would half kill their dog and that you could never get the dog to the pit in one piece.

At this time every dogman I had met worked his dog with a harness on them and myself, being a newcomer, also worked my dogs with a harness on them. Besides it looked good on a dog. A harness has it's own place for the dog. And the only place I found to use it is when taking a picture.

I liked the catmill I had seen a franks' but I could plainly see that it was very out-dated. I then went home and made one with 20 feet from the center of the track. I still nearly killed the first dog I worked on it even at 20 feet. I then dug out my track and put a bank three feet high on the outside of the track. This did the trick and when my dog would run hard on the mill he would run up on the bank. When he slowed down he would walk or trot in the bottom of the track. I also had a drain to keep the water out of the track.

This catmill had its downfalls but for ten years it had every top conditioner in the game asking me how I worked my dogs. The first ones were Leo Kinard and George Saddler, in fact they both asked me the same day. That was the day I won with the first dog I had ever worked on it. The match went 2 hrs. 16 min. with my dog scratching 27 times and never taking a deep breath or never off his feet. This same dog had won his last match when worked by his owner Frank Fitzwater but was labeled a cur, something Heinzl had bred to sale and make a little feed bill money. This dog had been tried when 2 ½ years old and would not fight. Frank bought this dog known as Fitzwaters' Goldie for 15.00, as they were going to kill the dog. When I won with Goldie he was over 7 years old. Goldie was the sire of the Zeke dog, which was the sire of the Indian's Bolio, the dog Pat Patrick stole.

I worked dogs on this catmill for 10 years and the trouble I had keeping feet under a dog, you would never believe. So, from then on I started looking for something that would out do the catmill.

I went a little to the treadmill until this welder friend of mine called maverick and myself built a catmill 57 feet from one side of the track to the other, with both sides of the mill 28 ½ feet from the center and both sides the same so the weight would be the same. Wit this mill I was able to improve my conditioning but I was still having trouble keeping feet under the dog. After trying many different things, I found the only thing to do would be to put something in the track like hay and let it rot. It made a good soft track. I was still having trouble keeping shoulders under my dogs and with this mill I was knocking out more than before. The mill is free wheeling and when a dog runs on it hard, then slows down the mill will keep on going fast and will go over the dog pulling the shoulders right out of joint thus, crippling them for a few days this is about the time I found out what a harness was good for so I went over to a good wide working collar. This time my dogs started showing up with a much stronger neck and a faster mouth. I was beginning to see more and more of what I was looking for. For a while I would quit using my common senses and I would walk my dog from two to five miles before I would work him. This took a lot of time, so something had to go. This is when I quit walking my dogs from two to five miles and started walking them about one mile with a 100 foot light weight rope and the dogs would walk about the same. I then started walking my dogs less and less until I got to where I'm at now. About 25 yards… I found that all the talk I had heard about walk your dog or he would not be in shape was about to become a thing of the past. With the catmill keep this is true.

At this time I had worked three dogs for one show. I then worked five dogs for one show, then six dogs, then six dogs again, with all the dogs showing up in top condition. Out of 20 dogs worked on my catmill only 3 lost. About this time, I started noticing a catmill in almost everyone's' yard. More and more people coming by and taking notes about the catmill and the keep I was using with it. I learned a lot from other people like George saddler. He told me to work a dog in the same way for 3 days before increasing his work again. By listening and understanding it helped me with my keep. Earl Tudor once told me that the best thing for a tired dog is rest, this too helped my keep. Later you will see how two small bits of advice from the two top conditioners ever in the dog game helped me with my keep, after I had understood what I had learned from them.

When you start working a dog for a match, you need 10 weeks of good work to have him ready and fit. You never go to a vet the entire keep you start out by worming your dog for whips and hooks, then 5 days later then worm his for tapes and rounds plus hooks. 5 days after that worm him again for whips and hooks, then 5 days later tapes and round plus hooks, this should have him clean. You will worm him one more time at 2 ½ weeks before the match, each time you worm the dog give him 3 cc. Combiotics and when you worm your dog make it after you have worked him then rest him the next day, giving him dry dog chow with castor oil (one ounce over his feed) and always have fresh water for him to drink.

Start your dog out slow on the mill with a coon in a small wire pin about 2 feet from the dog. We like to use coon because a coon is not scared of a dog and they enjoy the ride on the mill and like to tease the dog. Keep a milk jug in front of your dog letting it bounce just out of reach for the dog. The kind of jug I am talking about is a one-gallon plastic jug, tied with a good rope from the front arm where the coon is in the pin. Put this jug on the mill after you get your dog working 30minutes.

Have your dog on his pit weight; he should look on the side with no fat showing. His head should be full with no bones showing have your dogs feet in good shape by making a mixture of one part linseed oil, one part turpentine and one part burnt motor oil. With a paintbrush paint the feet every time you take the dog off the mill. Use corona ointment, or any good antiseptic lubricant in a salve form, then put this salve on the feet every time you put your dog on the mill and every day afterwards, even a few times a week when he is resting.

You should be up to 30 minutes now, jump your dog up 30 minutes every other day till you get him up to 6 hours. Give your dog a 30 min rub down every time you take him off the mill. The way a dog should be rubbed down is on a small table, a little over waist high. Stand behind the dog at the end of the table and start by rubbing the front legs down, from the shoulders down, then take your right hand going under the right side of the dog to the front of the left shoulder pulling back down the chest all the way back to the top right side of the top right stifle up high in the gut. Do the same with the other hand, going to the opposite side every other time. From they're down the back, from behind the ears to the tip of the tail, and down the side of the rib cage. This way the hair grows. The back legs are the next place to rub down. Rub down the way the hair grows, from the top to the bottom of the leg. You should give each area about 5 minutes. Last, come to the head. Turn the dog around; rub the head just like the rest of the body, the way the hair grows. Have a mixture of 1 pint water and two tablespoons of powdered ammonia alum, dip your fingers into the mixture and with wet fingers rub the inside of the lips and gums. Trying to get as much as possible on the inside of the top lip and gums with the dog swollen as little as possible. When you rub the outside of the top lip, rub from the nose to the ear with wet fingers using the alum mixture. When rubbing your dog, rub with the light weight of the hand, using baby oil every fourth day, getting the hands wet with oil then rubbing then dry, covering the dog in oil, keeping away from the eyes. Once a week pour about 3 cc's of hydrogen peroxide solution into each ear then let him shake his head do the same with rubbing alcohol. Make his last rub down with baby oil 5 days prior to the match. With his last rub down, two days prior to the match, stop the alum mixture. His work should also stop five days before the match. With his last week of work jumping up to 8 hours or even 10 hours, trying to have your dog tired 5 days in front of his match, and when I say tired I like to see them not wanting to run out of the dog house to meet you.

On the eleventh and ninth days before the match give them 2 cc's of combiotics and cut work in half. On the tenth and ninth day give first shot after work and on the eleventh day before the match. When the dog is up to about two hours take the plastic jug and let the rope out so the dog can reach it. Start this after the dog has been working about one hour, teasing the dog with it, trying to get the dog to take a hold of it, as when they take a hold it should not be close to the ground. The dog will then start shaking and backing up with the jug. You should talk to your dog for around a min or two just like you were talking to him in the pit, watching his eyes as he will watch yours. Then letting him start to tire, never letting any slack in the rope. The dog will start walking forward to keep him from losing the jug, (by now most dogs won't need a coon in front of them, just the jug) start letting your dog have 30 min of jug work every other day in his work, letting the jug bounce close to his nose so he may catch it a few times a work out. Working for at least 30 min and work up to about 1 hour with this jug in his mouth. End this work 5 days prior to the match.

The next work is to have your dog on a cable run from one tree limb to another if possible, about 300 feet apart, with a heavy chain of about 20 feet long and the cable 10 feet from the ground, after the 20 foot chain has been clamped with a rivot. Swivels should be at both ends of the chain, and a ring big enough for a 2 inch collar to go through, a good leather collar with baby oil put on it every week to keep it safe. Have this setup as close to the mill as possible about 7 to 8 feet would be perfect, but make sure that it is as close as they can get. Have a good house for your dog with a good shade where he can get cool air and fresh water under hi shade. His house should be far enough back that his chain will not hang on his house. Always have good bedding in his house and a cool shade for the hot days. Every other day from the jug work, take a coon tail on a short, light pole and work him up to 30 min after starting at 5 min a day. Keep the tail low to the ground with the dog at the end of his chain pulling out after the coon tail, with the heavy chain and cable pulling him back. Go from side to side making your dog move fast, then slow. Do this work for 15 min before his millwork and for 15 min after his millwork. Then work him up to 30 min before and after millwork. This work should be ended 6 days before the match.

The walk should never be any more than just far enough to get your dog to empty before each day's work and it will get shorter and shorter. When your dog empties get a stick and look through this dump. If you ever see blood on the outside wall, your dog will have whipworms. If it is blood running through the stool it is hookworms. If there are little white worms coming out of the stool, flat like, they are tapeworms. The stool should always be form never hard and never loose. After you check the stool, start walking your dog to the mill sending him on. Just like you would send a dog in a match. Always try to walk him as close to the mill so he may walk to the mill after he has empties. The feed should start with a good hi-protein dry feed about 2 cups at first with ¼ cup of wheat germ, ¼ a can mustard greens, a cup of corn bread, with vitamins of desiccated liver-tablets (7 ½ grains, start at 5 a day and work up to 15 a day) give one vitamin E (400iu) give one vitamin C (1000 milligrams) 4 papaya digestive aid, 1 iron with molasses. Try and have all your vitamins natural vitamins, you should add to your dry dog feed as much as need be. To hold you're dog at about 2 pounds over his pit-weight. Come off this vitamin E five days in front of the match. Add about 1/8 to ¼ a cup of water to his feed just enough to wet it, just before you feed.

Four weeks in front of the match start with his meat, good heavy beef like bull-neck, cut the meat into small chunks about ½ in square. Start with ½ lb and add up to 1/2 lb. To ¾ lb 5 days in front of the match. Always cut all the fat out of the meat. Use only red, lean meat. Sear the meat in as little as possible and pour this juice over the meat and mix. (Just so it will be wet going down, but dry when it gets to the stomach.

At least two times on your dogs;' rest day, get a big joint leg bone from the butcher, boil it in water for about 20 min, let it cool and cut your feed in half and give this bone after feeding. The next evening after feeding him ½ a feeding on his rest day, take the bone away from him. When feeding this bone always feed ½ feeding the day before the next day and give the bone that day. Then feed ½ feeding on the rest day. This bone should be fed, about 2 ½ weeks before the match.

The water should be put in front of the dog each morning, fresh and in a bucket. The first two weeks of work, walk your dog till he cools all the way after his work on the mill. After his rub down let him drink. After two weeks of work put the dog in front of his fresh water and let him drink as much as he wants to until 5 days before the match. Always feed dry so your dog will drink a lot of water. Always let him drink as soon as he comes off the mill after 2 weeks of work. Give one tablespoon of raw honey every three days over the feed.

This should bring everything up to 5 days in front of the match. In the next issue of pit pal I will explain the last week of keep. This will show you how to point a dog. The week that will let you know if you can do it or not.
For the first eight weeks give half a teaspoon of salt two times a week, make sure you give it in their feed two days in a row, then five days no salt, then two days salt. The last salt is to be given 14 days in front of the match.
To understand just what the salt will do to your temperament, go without salt in your food for 14 days, the eat salt over your food and drink lots of water for three days, your temperament will change from easy to get along with and very friendly to a short tempered, very grippe person the closer the fourteenth day comes around.

To understand what the salt will do to the blood is to understand what a high red-blood count is and what a low-red-blood count is. To know how to get a high red-blood count is to go without salt and your body will pull away from water and when your body pulls away from water it will start to dehydrate. Your blood will start to concentrate, as you will get a very high red-blood count. In order to get your red-blood count down low, eat salt for three days and drink a lot of water and you will see your red-blood count will go down as your body will take on water and once more you will have a smile on your face.

The reason for a high red-blood count is that the blood will be concentrated and that means more red-blood cells to go through the body to the lungs to cool off and back through the body to cool it off, so it will keep a dog from getting hot, as the hotter the body gets, the weaker it will get.

Another reason for a high red-blood count is the blood, when concentrated, the dog can get an artery cut and in just a few seconds the bleeding will stop because the blood is so pure it will seal, and stop the loss of blood.
So, to understand, this is a peak, that you must try and reach the last five days, is to understand what a person is talking about when he talks of drying a dog out. The last five days in front of the match your dog should be put into a crate and kept in a quiet, cool place (I keep mine in my bedroom). The water should be given to your dog by hand, and not left in front of him. He should have soft bedding in his crate, clean dry hay. He should weigh one and a half pounds to two pounds over his pit weight.

For the last 5 days the feed should start to change. Feed more red meat and less Purina high-protein and more wheat germ and cereal. Also, start cutting the mustard greens. The next to the last feeding should be not more than a half a cup of Purina high-protein, a half a cup of wheat germ cereal and a half a pound of red, lean meat. Cooked in no water. Should be seared on all sides, very rare, cut in one-inch cubes, with all vitamins.

The last feeding should be fed twenty-six hours before his match. Red, lean beef, cut in one-inch cubes with ¾ cup of wheat germ cereal with his vitamins. The meat should be seared in no water, very rare but, seared on all four sides with two tablespoons full of honey.

The dog should be walked four times a day for the first three of the last five days before the match. The first walk should be 30 min after daybreak. Walk two miles in a field with a fifteen-foot lead rope, so that the dog can walk slow and empty, taking his time. Then when starting back to the crate, walk behind him with a short lead rope of six to eight feet, letting him pull back to the crate, as you talk to him, sending him on. He should be walked the same, one hour before dark. He should be taken for a short walk of ½ mile between his first walk and his walk before dark. He should have his second short walk about two hours after dark. The last two days your dog should be walked the same four times, but no longer than ¼ of a mile in the morning and ¼ of a mile in the evening, before dark. The walk between the morning and the evening should be ¼ a mile, the same as the walk you take two hours after dark. But, on the day of the match, the dog should have his last ¼ of a mile walk one hour before his match. Five minutes before the match he should be given a very short walk to empty his kidneys. The walks the last two days, you should never send your dog on making him pull, try and have him save all the strength he can as he will need all of it at match time.

To understand the peak you are after from the feeding and the walking for the last five days is to understand the feed. The feed went from carbohydrates and protein to protein with just enough, so the dog will weigh in on weight, keeping the stool as firm as possible, as to much feed will make the stool loose and not enough feed will weaken him. To understand the reason for this walk is to understand fully the peak you are after. Have all the inners empty at match time.

To water a dog the last five days before the match you should give him water after his morning walk with a tablespoon full of honey in the water, letting the dog drink what you think he might need. To make weight, as he should be weighed after each walk and watered two times a day for the first two of the last five days before the match, the next two days water only one time a day making the last water 26 hours before the match. To understand the peak you are after when watering and feeding and weighing your dog after each walk, is to understand how much feed and water you put in your dog before the match, the last five days while he is resting take the water away from him slow letting his weight drop to right on pit weight. The day of the fight if your dog starts to drop under his weight, turn the hot water on in the shower, making the air very wet as the dog breathes the wet air his weight will go up, if your dog is loosing weight too slow you should turn on the air-conditioner so the air will be very dry, his weight will start to fall.


To understand condition and to see a body put into the best condition possible, is a thing of beauty. To put a body in this condition you have got to try and get as close to nature as you can, like we say about the eagle and the condition of his body, the eagle, scoring the blue skies, overlooking the land of the wild, his eyes open wide, looking for his prey as he feels the pain of hunger in his inners with his ears open wide he can hear the chatter of his mate, as she tries to content their offspring's, while they cry out from hunger. Then with the movement of an object from under the huge trees, he dives from instincts traveling at his top speed, turning his body from side to side, to miss the limbs of the huge trees sweeping down to killing a rabbit, as it sits very still with his ears cocked to hear the air being cut by an eagle. This is condition, this is survival the only way any living thing can put there bodies at there peak is to live by the law of the land your body must stay as close to it's peak or you will not survive to understand the meaning of the condition is to see every part of the body at it's peak. That is what you are after when you get a dog ready to fight for life or death.

Two small bits of advice from two of the top dog men in the dog game-increase the work and rest a tired dog. To understand this is to understand what a tired dog looks like when he is over worked and needs a day of rest.





 

A different R Lemm Keep

The biggest secret to success is that there is no secret to success. Relentless hard work and unwavering dedication to the task are the simple cornerstones of most every business success story. Don't look for the easy way to success, instead be willing to do what it takes even when it's hard. Conditioning a dog in preparation for the contest is not hard. Why make it hard work? Past history has proven itself. Most people don't know how easy it is to be successful in preparation for a contest. People sell conditioning programs, proclaiming a success of their writings. Every one should know that conditioning is exercising, raising the heart rate and recovery. Recovery, meaning allowing the body and primarily the brain to oxygen recover. A timely recovery is the most important stage of conditioning. Nobody ever, has incorporated such scheduling of maximum stress and recovery like I have to you all. The best-feed keep in the world becomes an average outing without a timely recovery. So as it stands everyone conditions dogs the same way, except some do it better than others. I chose a free conditioning technique, quick muscle flex over strength conditioning, tension resistance. A free turning treadmill, easy turning flying jenny or a bicycle is a free conditioning, a running "keep". No stress or strain to the body before the contest. That's why Floyd Boudreaux walks a dog so much to give his dog a timely recovery. Mr. Boudreaux knows if one dog needs more recovery time than another, you just have a longer day. You can never over recover a dog. Years of experience have given many men a great life with the dogs. A timely recovery with technique and feed keep is the trick to success. People who sell supplement nourishment can only increase the health of a dog to assist and allow you to get more condition in your dog. To strength condition your dog is to contest your dog heavy. To free condition your dog is to contest your dog lighter. To strength condition is to be stronger but to use very little of that strength in the contest because of all the quick muscle flex. That's to say that it's the wrong technique, because your dog is not at his true weight, so he cannot cool in a contest because of the contest being of fast twitch muscle exercise, not in preparation for the contest. It's a fact that not very many people know how to finish a dog to peak condition with a strength condition.
All the great dogs I've seen contest were free conditioned. Some without a timely recovery and still won. A few great dogs strength conditioned won, but all of the few had to have a timely recovery while being on bottom.
I chose the technique that conditions the body to utilize the most nutrition in a short time, a "running keep". The body will convert a vast amount of nutrients and fuels into energy at a low temperature for a long time. That technique used properly, with a schedule that allows the dog to respiratory recover sufficiently, every time he comes from maximum stress, will allow the dog to start the contest prepared to stay at maximum stress (m/s) for as long as it takes. No contest good for 30 minutes and fade and still win. I mean jump to m/s and at the end of the contest still have an above average heart rate. I'm happy because I did all I could do for that animal whether I win or lose. The words maximum stress expressed during conditioning means he will break stride to recover, because his heart rate has never been higher during the contest than any day during the entire "keep". Most likely never reach but 2/3, which will lengthen the time at m/s, and shorten the recovery time so he can get back to the business at hand with style and a fast pace. Technique, scheduling recovery, progressively resting is the correct way to prepare your dog for the contest. A free turning treadmill, easy pulling flying jenny, or a bicycle allows the dog to condition a very high heart rate without any stress, strain or tension. Your dog may get tired, but never get weak and stagger around, even if the contest goes more than an hour. The contest will tell the whole story. I missed it more times than I would like to remember. I hope to enlighten everyone so your dog won't falter, break stride with no choice in the matter. If at any time he slows down it is because his adversary is on the bottom trying to recover. I will tell everyone everything I know about conditioning maximum stress, so everyone can make adjustments to my schedule if needed. So after every contest you know if the dog needs more recovery time, extended progressive rest time, longer pre-keep at true weight, or the dog lighter, with a running keep you can never contest the dog heavy. When you can do that with confidence and performance you may not do as well as you did last time, but you won't do bad ever again. This way you have a chance to win 5x's, because you start each contest with reserve energy that most dogs use up because they were not prepared for the contest and had to take bottom to recover. If you retire your dog after 3 wins, you will never be able to improve your performance, so you can become a world-class competitor by winning 7x's, and stand next to my peers and I. My free conditioning keep, simple feed keep and 102 treadmills all over the world have won well over 1,000 contests.



FREE CONDITIONING
What to do, what to expect, in preparation and during conditioning, and in preparation for the contest.
Progressive work schedule
The book explains the respiratory recovery method for a contest. I've chosen a 15 minute session, check the heart rate, if the heart rate is the same or less than the day before take the dog for a 5 minute walk and add 5 minutes of work to the schedule. Do this day after day until you build a second 15-minute session. It takes two 15-minute sessions to reach a true maximum stress (M/S) with a rise in temperature. Continue to add five minutes of work until you get a bad recovery. A bad recovery means a higher heart rate than yesterday and yesterday was too much work. Now you know essentially how much work your dog can take. Continue to check his heart rate every day at 15 minutes in case you get a good recovery again so you can add another 5 minutes, looking for another bad recovery. Whether or not you are adding work or not, three days before the contest you cut that work in half. Two days before the contest cut the work in half again. You cannot achieve this properly with strength conditioning of any kind. You can purchase a heart monitor at the following address:
DAMARK
1-800-729-9000
7101 Winnetka Avenue North
PO BOX 9437
Minneapolis, MN 55440-9437
REST
The only rest your dog gets is the progressively decreasing his work on the 28th, 29th and the contest day, because your dog will take on fluid with rest as you know the meaning of rest without your dog's heart rate being a t maximum stress. Resting a dog any other way, you most likely will have to take away his water, use the needle, use a lighter dog and come to the contest with a wet dog that can't breath and have to take bottom. Most likely you can win, but you can never win 5x's because of what you did the last three days of rest. If your dog is at his true weight when you get a bad recovery your dog will continually get strong until rest days. If on 29th day he is heavy? Do the same amount of work you did on the 28th day.
When your dog achieves a fixed time because of a bad recovery that day to the end of the keep, your dog will build a solid base of condition. It's called rest! At this part of the keep his respiration may fluctuate slightly from day to day. Marginal differences should be of no consequence. By this time you will know what a bad recovery is, and make any adjustments in work time. Understanding "maximum stress" plus ten days of pre-keep, and twenty-seven days of the keep only conditions your dog for the contest, three days correctly resting the dog is the only real preparation for the contest night and is equally important as the previous thirty-seven days of keep. Not enough rest or too much rest has the same effect on your dog. It allows maximum stress (energy deficiency) to show up in the contest sooner than you expected. I rest the dog with less and less mill work in the last three days of the keep, because the dog doesn't need much rest, if any at all. The dog needs to retain the rate of conversion at his true weight. I rest the dog just enough for the dog's body to store inside fat (quick burning energy) that is used and replaced daily under stressful conditions, and retains fluid at a rate that I control. This procedure allows my dog to breath freely throughout the contest, which results in no hot spots, they just keep kicking ass! That's why they all start fast, and keep their adversary at maximum stress with no chance for recovery with no choice in the matter. I really love to watch my dog smother the other dog.
PROGRESS WORK SCHEDULE
1. I get home from work.
2. I take my dog off the chain.
3. I walk my dog to empty out.
4. Put dog on treadmill, he should run as fast as he can, and I leave the room.
5. I can hear the noisy treadmill I build when the dog breaks stride. When he breaks stride, he should fall to a walk or a long stride to rest and recover because he's oxygen deficient. I come back into the room so he will stay at the rest mode. I usually sit down and write something for one of the magazines.
6. At the 10-minute mark I jump up leave the room, and he should break on top again. It is good for a dog to be able to break out on top with ease. It's called free conditioning.
7. When he breaks stride, down to a walk or a long stride to the rest mode, I come back into the room and sit down.
8. At the 15-minute mark I put my foot on the mill and check his heart rate. Every day of the keep and all the way through to your contest your dog will do this 15 minute session. Take his heart rate, take him off the mill and walk him out in the same place you emptied him out at the start of the day, for five minutes. After 10 days of pre-keep you should get a handle on the heart rate that prepares him for the progressive work schedule, with no stress or strain in preparation for hard work. As long as it takes to get your dog to his true weight before you start adding work. I've had dogs on a 15-minute schedule for a year with small amounts of simple feed keep.
9 Three more days of the same schedule of the Keep to insure an accurate heart rate.
10. On the 4th day of the Keep is the first day of progressive work schedule. If his heart rate is the same or less than the day before at the 15 minute mark you get to add 5 minutes of work after you take him for his 5 minute walk. He should break on top for a few minutes and break stride to rest. At the 5-minute mark, take him off the mill and walk him out for 20 minutes and put him up and feed him.
12. On the 5th day of the "keep" do the first 15-minute session and check his heart rate. If his heart rate is the same or less than yesterday add another 5 minutes to his work schedule.
13. On the 6th day of the "Keep" do the first 15-minute schedule, check his heart rate. If his heart rate is the same or less than yesterday, add another 5 minutes to his work schedule. Walk him out for 20 minutes, put him up and feed him.
12. On the 6th day of the keep do the first 15-minute session, check his heart rate. If his heart rate is the same or less than yesterday, add another 5 minutes to the schedule, which will make another complete 15 minute session, so you take him for his 20 minute walk, I cool my dog down with a water hose if the weather permits, (70 degrees F) or more. Only after completing his second 15-minute session, on the 6th day, will your dog begin to warm up.
13. Two 15-minute sessions is the foundation of this free conditioning program. Continually adding 5 minutes every day building another 15-minute session looking for a bad recovery. A bad recovery means a higher heart rate than yesterday; meaning yesterday was too much work. It could take 3, 4, or 5, 15-minute sessions to get a bad recovery. When you get a bad recovery, you know how much work your dog can take.
There are many variables to contend with if your treadmill is not free turning. Your dog has to gallop instead of running freely. Usually a dog will stop and stand after he comes down from the gallop on a hard pulling mill. The 10-day pre-keep will condition your dog to gallop the treadmill instead of preparation for increased work. When he gets to the contest he will experience a higher heart rate than you conditioned during the keep. The reason people can't see when a dog breaks stride on a hard pulling mill. It's because he doesn't get any rest on top tugging at a gallop and if he is in good enough shape to walk on a hard pulling mill after galloping for 10 minutes, he won't get any rest tugging at a walk, so you actually overwork your dog, starting with the first day on. You will actually condition your dog to run the treadmill instead of preparing him for the contest, and when the contest starts he's sure to take bottom to rest. Your dog will have to take bottom much sooner than expected. It's called too much work, not enough rest to recover. That's why when I come home from work I only walk for 5 minutes, so I can put him on the mill ice cold for 3 to 6 minutes on top, because he will start the contest ice cold. When he does warm up in the contest at Maximum Stress he will feel strong because you have prepared your dog for the contest every day. It's a feeling that he experienced every day of the keep. Hoping your adversary was conditioned with a different work schedule, most likely your adversary will experience uncharted territory with a higher heart rate than any day of his condition and not be able to recover. You win the contest and retain his reserve energy (life sustaining fat) that he didn't have to use up in a long contest with stress and strain.
K/D Prescription Dog Food
Any vet will have K/D Diet Dog Food, but it is prescription because of the cobalt in it. It's very important to use K/D Dog Food as filler, along with the feed sheet I sent you with my book. There's no way you can condition maximum stress using any other dog food. Not just because of no cobalt, because all others have so much animal fat and meat by-products, more fat. To condition maximum stress properly in preparation to peak condition, your dog ends up with life sustaining reserve energy which will be used after your dog comes down progressively from maximum stress. Only you will know how long he should stay at m/s because you worked him. Most people hate to see their dog get to m/s because shortly after, their dog will falter and have to take bottom to respiratory recover.
Conditioned maximum stress means to condition the heart to beat as many times per minute until your dog breaks stride to recover. When he breaks stride it's because his brain is oxygen deficient, breaking stride starts his recovery with no choice in the matter, as soon as the workload decreases.
In the contest, he should never reach a heart rate as high as any day on the mill. If you achieve that with technique and diet your dog will fall into his own schedule. When he becomes oxygen deficient, he will break stride to replenish the oxygen in his blood. During the contest it takes 4 ½ minutes at a very high heart rate for all of the blood to get back to the heart. But all the blood leaving the heart isn't equally distributed. Which is just fine for normal living.
When the contest starts, and the heart rate increases, the blood becomes more and more oxygen deficient, that's the beginning of maximum stress. When a dog falters, slows down, breaks stride it's because the brain is oxygen deficient more so then the body. As I've said before, the blood leaving the heart is not equally distributed. Under normal living conditions the body can and does absorb oxygen efficiently. By the time M/S is reached, meaning the highest conditioned heart rate, then and only then does the body temperature rise. Your job is to prepare your dog to delay that rise in temperature and oxygen deficiency correctly! To slow down the temperature rise, it takes the correct amount of (H2O) water no more, no less for that condition, so your dog can breathe. Your dog has to be at his true weight. Correctly free conditioned he will breathe. Also, free conditioning will automatically store life-sustaining fat (Bonus energy) but use up daily fat supplements as energy. Correctly administered allows the body to cool. Free conditioning can and does allow you to achieve this, more so than other techniques. Correctly done your dog will stay cooler, take longer to reach a true M/S, stay at M/S longer, and recover much sooner. It's like he never stopped contesting the whole contest. Your dog breaks on top, turns the heat up, may never reach M/S, recovers with energy to spare, and wins the contest while your adversary struggles through the whole ordeal. Not every on looker knows how you won. You, on the other hand, become a competitor with confidence, and can win 5x's with every dog you contest and there isn't any better feeling because there isn't any other way to win a contest. I like winning against bite, ability, gameness and any bloodline. My fight is with conditioning my dog, not with my adversary. My adversary reminds me every day that I need to pay attention to his recovery every time. His recovery every day will tell you how he will do battle with his condition when the blood becomes more and more oxygen deficient.
That's why you should prepare the blood with the right nutrients to achieve the correct blood count to absorb as much oxygen as possible. The higher average heart rate you condition the more oxygen in the blood your dog starts the contest with. At the same time you will condition the heart to pump more blood for a longer time. This shortens recovery time because of the great health and condition of your dog's heart rate.
That condition occurs during the contest. In other words he never experiences uncharted territory and that's the key to conditioning a dog. You can't see that condition vividly if you didn't peak your dog, otherwise you win or lose the contest with energy to spare. You test the blood, not game test him every time.
You can not achieve this by strength conditioning your dog. You cannot achieve that doing strength and free conditioning both. Strength conditioning of any kind is not preparation for the contest. Meaning the entire contest consists of fast muscles twitch exercise that's how you win contests. Why any one would strength condition a dog to achieve a much higher heart rate the contest than they conditioned at home, meaning their dog will be oxygen deficient much sooner than yours. Whether you win or not I will bring the contest to you as long as I can. Also it doesn't make any difference which dog gets to M/S first.
Most dogs that reach M/S first usually lose because it is not a conditioned m/s. A good to great free conditioned dog will reach m/s subsequently at the same time but with no stress involved with oxygen absorption, because he was freely conditioned at his true weight. A free conditioned dog progressively rested to raise the heart rate to perform at m/s because he will run cooler longer because it takes longer to raise the temperature than with other techniques or a combination of techniques. A great conditioning is to stay at M/S longer than your adversary. If he does, he may never heat up, reach M/S or break stride, or ever need to recover and that's what we hope to achieve. Never take a dog's water. And if you take away his water, you take from him his cooling. When progressively rested with water he won't retain any extra moisture when you condition the heart beat, not to speak of all the air moving in and out of his lungs for cooling. Your dog will cool forever. When you progressively cut back on work, he won't gain any weight match day all day. Of course, if you don't know how to finish a dog correctly you will end up testing his gameness instead of finishing your dog in preparation for the contest. You may win, you may lose. You need to change, unless you are happy with your performance in your last contest. I've never been that happy.
That's why the diet on the feed sheet is so simple, as long as you use canine K/D prescription dog food. Dogs that have bad kidneys and real old dogs are put on this diet to give them longevity in this world. No animal fat to heat your dog up. The best source of life sustaining fat that will be used up as the last energy source before he goes into mild shock or worse.
A sufficient amount of recovery time every time he breaks stride builds life-sustaining fat. Too much work or not enough rest to recover uses up the reserve energy and you start the contest energy deficient. Yet he will look great and finish on the bottom. So in preparation for the contest you must get all your ducks in a row. If you need to feed cornflakes, fine, cornflakes won't hurt him. But, don't feed any leafy greens because of the high sulfur content, which is very hard on a dog's kidneys on a daily use. If you are looking for vitamin K; STOP. Because you have all you need with the correct diet and blood count. You can only put so much rain in a rain barrel. A conditioned heart rate means less moisture, means more air without taking away his water. Less fat means cooler dog at m/s means shorter recovery time means, you get to finish the contest with energy to spare, win, lose, or draw. At least you've done your part; the outcome is up to the dog. Choice of blood was yours; now your dog can prove to you with out any disadvantages to hinder his performance. You will be pleased with your choice. If you feed 2 cups of chemicals a day, you change his true weight. The dog doesn't cool correctly, and he will never recover from maximum stress and he will get to experience a higher heart rate during the contest than on any day of conditioning. You jinxed another one, even if you win. You won't win 5x's without change. My treadmills have stopped many dogs from getting their papers of championship, without earning them. Remember this, dusty chains could take away 40% of his air.
I put the Gunner dog on the video because Gunner took the 20 count standing in the corner and lost. I conditioned him and won against a 3x winner in 43 minutes, and he never put all four feet on the canvas the entire contest.
CONDITION AND WEIGHT LOSS
Some men have had a problem with scheduled work increase. Most of you men are better dog men then you realize. Because of all the good groceries, vitamins, minerals, and a free conditioning, you may not get a bad recovery to indicate enough work, there fore overworking your dog. Continuing to add work looking for a bad recovery will eventually result in weight loss with a good recovery sometimes. Always remember it just doesn't take that much work to get a dog in condition whether or not he can bite, fight, or whatever. The bloodline was your choice.
The first step would be to increase his feed, but as work is increased still looking for a bad recovery your dog may start losing weight again. It's not uncommon for a dog to be well conditioned with just three, fifteen-minute sessions. Walk him for an hour before you put him up. If your dog works hard, for the three sessions, just walk out the rest of the increased schedule. The book is not fool proof; some people can break the horn off an anvil looking too far ahead for stress and strain.
With the running keep, the first fifteen minute session your dog will look weak, stagger around and may not even lift his leg to empty out when you take him off the mill. That's normal because he is still ice cool, even though his tongue is hanging out of his mouth. He should never sweat off his tongue in the first session but, after his second fifteen minute session you will notice that your dog won't stagger and recover much quicker, very few dogs sweat off their tongue with two sessions. Although his tongue will still be hanging out, because that is an efficient expression of cooling, not necessarily that he is hot, fatigue, from stress and strain.
My book demands a response of some kind, from your dog or from you if you have any problems. There have been many people making comments and not one of theses people read my book. Most of the time I write for the people that bought my book. If someone else can learn something from that, good. It is galling, that any response would keep people from change, and not write an alternative note in detail. The truth is that the objectivity is anything but an objection and represents just another part of an attack on dog men. My book has become revitalized in the last year because of what I write in the magazines. It has undertaken new efforts to make the truth known about what to do for your dog. The enemies have become increasingly strident in their counter attacks. As my book undergoes resurgence, the attacks on the book have taken on a new urgency and viciousness. The biased and unfair in refusing to tell the whole story like "PETA" the biggest dick heads among the Humaniacts. And seemed intent on perpetuating the myth that I am an active dog fighter, how stupid can someone be. Others think I'm taking advantage of dog men for a mere .00. The truth is that most strength conditioning keeps prevailing can never be improved because of the sale of a low cost junk mill, pulling weights and too much unworthy chemicals. The fact is that more often, conveniently overlook the fact that they can't and never will condition maximum stress in preparation for the contest. How do you condition maximum stress? Raise the heart rate and recover, raise the heart and recover, over and over and over, the book tells how many over's to do and look for the heart rate to be more than yesterday, simple.
I understand that many people think that I'm single minded about conditioning a dog. But, no more than others that strength condition dogs or use a combination of strength and free conditioning, and because they won, their way was the right way, but he didn't meet a free conditioned dog.
Single minded, could be called an opinion, a flying jenny is free conditioning like an easy turning treadmill. In other words, a running keep, a bicycle does very well for your dog and yourself to be totally prepared.
Whatever your opinion is about conditioning, there is one thing we all have in common, that is trying to condition "maximum stress" in our own way or opinion from past experience. Open your eyes before you give your opinion.
I know you'll have fought many dogs because I've read your names in all the magazines for as long as I can remember. Hard pulling treadmill, a treadmill with plastic boards condition their dogs to work the mill every day, not in preparation for the contest, as far as taking the same dog and condition one time strength and the next time free. There are a lot of variables to consider. The free conditioned time, I work the dog, he could weigh 2 lbs. lighter than when I strength conditioned him. Also I may run the risk of stress and strain throughout the keep. And who is to say that the dog 2 lbs. Lighter, most likely longer and taller because of a free conditioning is NOT as strong as his shorter adversary, at the same weight, not to speak of coordination, balance, speed to the holt, movement, great angles, and what's more important is that a higher conditioned heart rate that no dog will produce during the contest unless needed.
Of course, it's only an opinion that 102 treadmills have proven a thousand times. I wouldn't tell anyone anything to harm their dog; apparently no one has found anything to improve it. The respiratory recovery method in my book is; raise the heart rate and rest. If you and everyone else will do this with a free technique I feel I have helped everyone. You will condition maximum stress in preparation for the contest, and that process will end up being your keep.
I can't tell you how much I enjoy answering people who say the right things in a way that they expect the same respect in a rebuttal. Thank you for your direction. All the input from people has allowed me to explain things, so ya'll can understand better.
Just add it to your keep, what harm can it do? Use a bike for two sessions like the video shows you on the mill. That will get him to his true weight. Now he can cool correctly
I'm not selling a .00 "Keep". I'm telling you what happens with anybody's keep, so I don't incorporate any of it, feed keep or technique. That produced the book and the 2-hour tape on a free turning mill, flying jenny or a 10-speed bike. I sold 600 books for forty dollars a pop. A lot of young men are in great shape to handle a dog in a contest because their heart rate has been conditioned like their dogs, especially hog hunters that have to be "Johnny on the spot" when the hounds strike first. Because a bulldog will get killed quickly, helping out his buddies. You will witness, one 15-minute session on an old Carver "combine mill", reconditioned by the "Millmaker". Also a session of pre keep too on my 42 foot Flying Jenny with at 24 inch banked wall a greyhound can run 40 miles per hour on. I will tell you why Tuffy, Art, Dolomite, and all the rest of Stinson/Glover dogs were above average. This video is like no other video.
When you people go to buy a puppy only a few people get a good one. You choose a conditioning program and the technique to condition "maximum stress". If I don't know how to condition a dog, where does that put you on the food chain? The video will prove without a doubt that choice of technique to recovery with a schedule produced by your dog. If your dog is conditioned and can recover on his feet you prepared your dog for the contest, and got a shot at winning. That's why there isn't one champion in any of the magazines that is really any better champion than another. Is the whole dog game, a crapshoot, of course not? Doesn't anyone want to be a world champ instead of settling on an unproven champion like all the rest? What about you magazine dog fighters that never have a champion? Why do you people keep fighting dogs? Take one dog and try for four time at least you are above average. Ya'll don't need a yard full of dogs. You can bet all the money you want and scream and holler! But you need to be a gentleman and a sportsman.
Notes from the Millmaker
It's all on the video. The correct recovery time during conditioning every dog is what wins fights. How to recover because a free conditioned dog will produce his own schedule at maximum stress to recover. Not schedule a dog's work every day for him, and guessing the amount of recovery, your dog can never recover on his feet during the contest. You may have to take bottom. That's why so many people's dogs have to take bottom in the contest. Your dog should never take bottom to recover, just because the majority of the dogs do this. My dogs did, until I changed something. People see no reason to change techniques to be able to recover on his feet or what to change because they won. People call me for help. I explain the progressive work schedule that each dog produces. Even if their dog has to take bottom they tell me about the performance when and how long they were on bottom. So we can schedule more recovery time. We can't schedule time at maximum stress, some things dogs are gamier than others and work harder and still recover. Dogs that over work themselves that way are put on a fixed work schedule (3-15 minute sessions) until three days before the contest when you progressively cut his work. Always rest a free conditioned dog by progressively decreasing his work. The dog won't take on moisture and take away his air. He will however, burn more fat as primary energy and heat up if you took away his cooling.
It's the same thing when all the other mill makers compare their" junk mills" to mine. My treadmill doesn't have to be elevated more than 1 inch. The boards don't come off the belt because they are plastic, or rub blisters on the sides of their feet because it pulls so hard trying to keep it turning. Your dog can't recover on his feet, so how can he recover in the contest? That condition has never been contested. Don't even think their mills can turn over a minimum of three times, but they say they do. Treadmill belts with plastic boards are so heavy some will turn over three times, it's called strength conditioning. How could a dog recover? Don't buy a mill your dog can't recover on. So this is it buy my book, video, or call me. 1-281-331-3269, E-mail boblemm@swbell.net or see my website at http:/home.swbell.net/boblemm/
I handled a dog for Stinson that quit between my legs to make Rocky a 3x winner. Both done on my mills.
Notes from the Millmaker
What I say about all you people who think you have a different way to be good at something. As a breeder or dog man you people cut your own throats because you sell puppies. You people do what you want because you can. So you sell puppies and kill your personal best. That's why so many people have "cheapened" a champion with all the puppies that are sold to people that know less than they do? Most people hurt their dog's kidneys so bad that they have a hard time making "champion " much less a 5x or 7x winner. When someone gets to 5x's they can see from their performance the error of their ways. They might want to start over with a new dog of better stamina, most likely an out-crossed dog. You people need to change something in a way that helps your dog prepare for the next contest, that is not a frivolous statement. If your dog reaches maximum stress in the contest he wasn't prepared. If there are no broken bones or didn't get your pipes drained, but went into mild shock, he wasn't prepared. So what is there to remember? Technique versus kidneys, maximum stress verses recovery, you verses the world.
Any questions call 1-281-331-3269. Please no nut cases there is only one way to condition maximum stress. "Let your dog do it freely". I have seen some great dogs in my lifetime. Back when Texas and Louisiana had the majority of dogs in the world, and a few good dog men everywhere else. Now there are dogs everywhere and they have no one to tell them how to be recognized as a true competitor, they are just there doing it half way and quitting after 3x's. I write to help you become a true competitor. There is one thing for sure. You may think you are above average among your peers because of Jack Kelly's "Journal", but "my peers" and I will be remembered for what ya'll aren't. Because ya'll fought a lot of dogs, instead of fighting a gentleman and a sport, open your eyes, it's easier, costs less and a lot more enjoyable when you show up with a winner every time. You have to prove it or walk away a looser and start over again. The odds are with you; you win more times with an experienced dog. Your dog can be conditioned with less work for the same performance and end the contest with reserve energy to start the prekeep like he did in his first outing. If and when the individual does win 4x's or more, he can look back and know that his last performance might not have been his personal best, but he will never have a bad night again. When you do win 5x's call me, "we can really talk dogs" especially if you lose the fifth contest. You know a few years of trying with the dogs on your yard becoming winners, out-crossing to winning dogs. You don't just carry on the names on the pedigrees. Breeding winners you leave out the bad. Breeding pedigrees, you bring along the bad with you. You carry on physical confirmation with stamina. When people breed to dogs because of names on paper that aren't winners they lessen the chances of producing a dog of quality. For every dog bred that way that becomes famous, a hundred didn't make it. Yet people still continue to do it. Try to incest winners of one blood, to retain recessive genetics, to breed to increased winners of another bloodline. Condition a roll all that weak stamina shit. Pick out as many game ones of both litters. Breed those two litters together; producing out crossed dogs called "the mule" "the work horse" of the breed. Sometimes you can buy dog pay a fee to breed to produce the "mule" the out cross with stamina. Work with another yard like Stinson/Glover did after working as many dogs as I have, and 102 treadmills working over a 1,000 dogs and talking and helping most of them. I asked questions of breeders because of the many stamina problems of all dogs during conditioning. The differences I found with maximum stress to recovery and recovery was because of breeding. I couldn't have come up with the truth if 1,000 or more winners were using the wrong technique, feed keep, in preparation for the contest. I wish I could condition everyone of ya'lls dogs for their first contest, to find out what their true weight is, so I can add work looking for a bad recovery. Hand them to you to go and find 5 dogs to contest to find out that because I found his true contesting weight, that all 5 contests were with "mallard ducks". There's only one reason out of three reasons that you can lose. Shock, because of bone breakage, get your pipes drained, or the blood in his veins...you just can't make the mistake of letting the blood in his veins be the reason you lost because you left him down too long after one or both of the first 2 reasons you could lose from. If you make that mistake, "you're not a gentleman or a sportsman, you're stupid and inhumane." Just as soon as your dog falters, breaks stride, can't defend himself, tell your opponent you will pick your dog up if he will give you a rematch. If he agrees, pick your dog up, if he said no, pick your dog up before he uses up all of his reserve energy and never be the dog he was ever again.
"Seen Through the Eyes of the Millmaker"
P.S. All through the 70's I competed against people that had my mills. Three different shows had every dog was worked on my treadmills. My treadmills made all the dogs look like they were running in heavy traffic.
Notes from the Millmaker
WHAT IS A GOOD DOG?
HOW SHOULD HE PERFORM?
The best kind of dog to condition is a dog that will run a free turning mill as fast as he can for as long as he can, before he breaks stride or slows down. From that exhibition of energy I look for "maximum stress" on the first day of the prekeep and the dog does that for ten days. Fifteen minutes a day is not in the least harmful to a healthy dog. You can keep your dog at that schedule for 6 months. It does prepare him so when I start to add work day after day, I will enjoy seeing "maximum stress" fade away and stress and strain is no more never to show up in my face again. Unless there is a health problem, or a feed keep problem where as the respiratory recovery method stops me from adding to a problem by over working the dog. Most likely you get a bad recovery. If there is no problem I am free to chase after maximum stress. By continually adding work day after day, hoping I get to the one-hour mark before I get a bad heart rate, more heartbeats than yesterday. No bad recovery means somebody's going to have a hard time winning and they can bring "Billy Bear", my fight is against maximum stress. My job is conditioning my dog well enough to drive the other dog into maximum stress first and if my dog is in great shape he will continue to apply aggression to win because he can recover on his feet.
Now, how do I prove it to everyone? Simple, I condition my dog to burn a vast amount of carbohydrates for a long period of time day after day, also use up a vast amount of calories. Also, "bonus energy" from stored conditioned body fat, hoping the contest doesn't go over an hour, so my dog won't have to convert life-sustaining body fat into energy. Because that's all the energy my dog has left. All great dog men do all of that very well. The only difference between the greats is the traffic they run in. If your dog has to take bottom you missed it again, and only you should know why that happened.
Everyone that calls me always asks, what about strength training during the keep? And I always say, I'm doing just that. The dogs I condition don't pull sleds or win a prize for shaking a hide the hardest, and loosens up his hip sockets. There is no way to strength condition a dog for the contest and that dog not get to maximum stress before my dog does. Every time I see a dog get hot and reach maximum stress early in the contest, I know it is the fault of technique. Like a hard pulling treadmill or, worse yet, carrying or pulling weights, or 40 feet of chain. When a dog like that meets up with a free conditioned dog he usually loses. And if he wins, that means the other dog was in worse shape, most likely strength conditioned also. Don't let muscle heads tell you that pulling weights, or jerking on a spring-loaded hide is good for your dog in a contest. Muscle heads never catch on, they think that my dog is going to let their dog bite and shake him like he does that spring loaded hide.
Just a few thoughts to the people who bought my book. Also, dogs that have to contest on carpet will automatically dig their toenails in the carpet and lunge forward. A free conditioned dog doesn't have time to plant his feet, he's running to fast, and can run fast all night and not get caught. The strength-conditioned dog has no choice in the matter. That's why they won't be any more great combat dogs like Tuffy and Jeep until you contest your dogs on a tarpaulin canvas. Tuffy went on offense and bit hard. Jeep went on offence and didn't bite hard. Stinson/Glover and company had Tuffy right and I know. James Crenshaw had Jeep right; it's a guessing game with James whenever I saw his dogs fight. I know how he did it! I don't know how he scheduled a dog to work. No dog will ever be a better-earned R.O.M. and surely if they haven't won 3x's like Frisco.
"Seen Through the Eyes of the Millmaker"
Notes from the Millmaker
People unnecessarily use their reserve energy because of the pit rules, being misunderstood. Reasons for that is, because people don't understand what the Cajun Rules are for, and what they mean. That meaning hurts both dogs, winners and losers. For the winner possibly using up his reserve energy he needs to use in a contest or save his life if he is contested into a dog conditioned as well as he is. Either dog can not foul his adversary. But either handler can foul either dog and the other handler or all three. That has happened in almost every contest I have witnessed since 1993. It would seem that since there are so many of you great dog men at this time, that none of you people would want to lengthen a fight or stress their dogs any more than necessary to win or forget where you were 20 minutes ago. Great or poor dog men are the same. They started their apprenticeship thinking they know what the rules are for and what they mean. So when they referee a contest they think and do what they know and saw. Enough about all that for now. Ya'll need to know the beginning of the rules, and it's not that far back from today.
Around 19?? A man named Gaboon Trahan was the chief of police in Lafayette for 20 years. Mr. Trahan provided a place for the greatest dog men in the world to contest their dogs twice a year. Any one from out of town had a place to stay at Gabon's motel and most didn't have to pay for it. Everyone invited was a gentleman and a sport, at least when they were at that outing. Everyone knew if they didn't that Mr. Trahan might shoot them. Now days there are so many people not being a gentleman and sport that there aren't enough people knowing what is right, that there is no restraint that can be applied to change things. I have a poster and a letter to tell all the contestants where the money went, who got what amount. This poster has names and weights of a 14-contest convention.
Some of them and others asked Gaboon Trahan to write a set of rules that would make it fair for both dogs and handlers to produce a winner in any contest. Just as they have been for, God only knows, how long. The first thing Mr. Trahan said, "I need some help from Roland Fontaneaux and Jimmy Wimberly."" There wasn't anyone in the world that knew more about contesting two dogs or men than Roland and Jimmy, October 27, 1958. I was 16 years old.
A lot of these men were better competitors than the few names ya'll know. Now there wouldn't be any reason anyone couldn't or not know how someone would referee a contest, because they knew the meaning of the rules. Everyone thinking, competing toward a common goal. By now you all think that's what you do in the year of 1998. But, first I need to tell you where they are, where they are going, and where they hope to be as a competitor. The majority are competitors contesting their dogs, looking for a dog that might be good enough to win three contests. No big rush to achieve that accomplishment, it could happen any time. To win three was to be a good average dog man that wasn't inexperienced, and apprentice-ship is over.
To win three contests with one dog to day doesn't mean the same thing. Only the very few now days go on to win four or more. Today the good average competitor wins three and retires their dog, starts selling puppies to anyone and may advertise, in one magazine or all. The days of old didn't have to advertise. To be above average would be to win four or five. That would be above normal all from being a competitor. In 1998 winning three is to be famous, instant puppy factory, worldwide magazines fame, money by the few average. The majority breeding to dogs with name on papers of winners three generations back. Losing the concept of breeding to winners, mostly because they aren't of the days of old, will never be a competitor not knowing that names on paper are not what produces individuals as the few. Now let's talk about 1998 and the misunderstanding of the rules. That doesn't change the outcome of any of the contests, but is just not right.
I went to the mountains to watch Pitdog try to win 7 with a dog named C-C , because if she won 7, Pitdog would be of the few in the world that achieved that honor. If it were easy there would be more people get there. Now days somebody beats three mallard ducks and they quit! If it's mallard ducks for three, why not five or seven ducks? Because they don't know they are just average. Pitdog caught on right away as a world-class competitor. C-C wins 5-xs and he's above average. Tells me he's looking for 7-xs, he did it and now is world class but tells me maybe 8-xs. He did and he lost. That's because he didn't want any puppies out of Frisco's trash blood. Frisco never won a contest, so he can pass on some bad along with the good. Like I said before, I went to tell Pitdog that he and I were the only 2 dog men there that night that had conditioned and won 7xs'. He, I and others have done it with a treadmill that I built. Pitdog has two certificates of merit (C.O.M.) For C-C. 5xs is above average and 7xs is world class. It's not that it is so hard to do; it is because his tail never got fluffy trying to be a competitor. Pitdog will get both (C.O.M.) When I read this in this magazine. I'm sure there will be many more to come. Pitdog is my friend, he did all the work, I answered any and all questions with my opinion of what I thought it would take to condition and win. He did some things I said, and he did some things he thought were right. Never the less he raised the heart rate so high every day in conditioning that not only C-C but all of his champions and 4x winners and 1x and 2x winners never experienced a greater heart rate in the contest than they did every day of their conditioning and he will keep on winning until his competitors change something. As a result none of them had to take bottom and get up to win. If they quit they quit on their feet or he picked them up to fight another day because he is if nothing else, a gentleman and a sport when contesting his dogs. Talking trash pit side doesn't change a dog's conditioning. It keeps his adversary from changing.
Now about the meaning of the rules. One article, one rule! Handling from the bottom is a
I did "Doc" right for his 4th 2:39, Ridley's dog couldn't swim fast enough to beat the 20 count. We won the money, but we didn't beat him!
Don't say it isn't, just because you don't understand the meaning of why you need to call an honest turn. When a turn is called and confirmed by the referee both handlers and referee work together to give the turning dog a chance to quit, or we would be just like Hard Copy said we are. Play by the rules, the referee gave both handlers an order not to be disobeyed. If a handler won't handle his dog, you tell the referee he won't handle his dog. If I'm that referee and a handler slow plays two handles, I will foul him out. He loses because he doesn't want to allow the turning dog to have a chance to quit. As the referee that is why I was chosen to insure either dog and both handlers a fair way to win and lose. When I referee a fight, I tell both handlers," Cajun Rules, gentlemen." Gaboon Trahan doesn't care if you want a 10 count to scratch, 20 seconds in the corner, 20 seconds out of hold, and I don't care either!!! But, if I said "Cajun Rules" by God you better not foul like some stupid magazine dog fighter. Now say I was the referee of the fight that a handler handled his dog from the bottom. If he succeeded or not I would tell him if he does that again he will foul out and lose. Why anyone would handle from the bottom because most likely the bottom dog is the one that turned and is eventually going to quit? That's a good habit to teach your dog! Every time he's out of hold he knows he'll get a rest in the corner. This dog can never be a 5x winner because the conditioner is and will game check his dog every contest because he doesn't know how to keep his dog off the bottom. So he can win and leave the contest with reserve energy to start the next prekeep. You failed to condition him well enough to defend himself long enough to keep him from turning, much less handling him from the bottom while he is out of the hold. You want to lengthen the fight, or foul yourself out instead of winning by the rule that a man must handle his dog or lose. What if I was the referee and I thought everyone knew the rules. That handler made a second handle from the bottom. I say you lose. Everybody there would pull out their guns and kill me. That's why I won't referee a fight unless it's between people that are on that 14-match convention 40 years ago, or both handlers agree to let me referee by Cajun Rules. My decision is final, or the best dog wins. Maybe people will look at the animals right to be treated fairly. There are more great dogs today than there are gentlemen and sports. In the days of old there were gentlemen and sports because of the meaning of the rules. None of you can find out that meaning except in the "AGDT".
"Seen Through The Eyes Of The Millmaker"
P.S. I hope the editor will let me write more about being a true competitor and stories about the many dogs with C.O.M.'s from The Millmaker. Plus one rule at a time. A true sport has learned something today.
Notes from the Millmaker
Conditioning
The Difference in Techniques Is in Winning or Losing
Just because you win all your contests doesn't mean you conditioned your dog properly, or got 100% from your dog. That's why I write so much about conditioning maximum stress. Because I know when you finally get to watch your dog perform at m/s at the hour mark, from a free conditioning. You will have to move up to a more formidable opponent because of confidence. Nobody explains more about conditioning and feed keep than I do. What can someone write about that I forget?
It would seem to me that people that sell "keeps" would tell you more about how to condition maximum stress besides some weak minded work schedule and most likely the wrong technique that over works a dog and is not preparation for the contest. There is no skin off their ass if your dog loses. They already have your money. You get to read the entire keep before you by something from me. The choice is yours. How can anyone change if they don't change techniques? It's like people who build treadmills. If they can't build a free turning mill, and most can't, they can only talk about how strong a dog should be, "what a crock". Never in my lifetime have I ever seen a fight where strength condition won a fight. Except when both dogs were strength conditioned. They dig their toenails in the carpet and push each other around all night. Fight on canvas like in the old days and see how long they fight on their feet. People that build hard pulling mills have no choice but to profess strength conditioning.
If the tape doesn't come back around three times, you don't have any choice either. When strength condition meets free condition, the strength-conditioned dog can never catch up with the free conditioned dog. Unless you brought a "mallard duck" and still the duck may win. I've had my hands on some of the best dogs in the world. My hands are on every dog that is conditioned like I said. Too much difference to be a copycat. I can even tell you the best work schedule for a hard pulling mill, carpet mill, heavy flying jenny, and it's all free for the asking.
I want to see you men win. I don't know why Jack Kelly would put Barney Fife's liver keep, right across from my article on condition. Kelly knows that liver doesn't have enough fat in it, so the body can't assimilate the strength. Mixing fat 50/50 with it doesn't work either. So many protein sources and Jack Kelly's adding more problems to people that don't need any problems for what they know. I'm the only one that has helped people open their eyes to people that prescribe 2 cups of chemicals a day, when a tablespoon of the same stuff is too much in preparation for the contest. If you feed the prescribed amount of chemicals and strength condition, slow muscle twitch tension resistance exercise. You pump excess H2O into his muscles. Your dog will not be at his correct weight so he can't cool correctly. You end up contesting against a taller and longer adversary that can cool sufficiently to beat you. If you feed the prescribed amount of any chemicals and free condition a dog you pump all his cooling on the ground. So it's not a technique problem, it's a chemical problem that will keep your dog from his true weight. I always bet on the skinny dog, at least he can finish the fight. What about scheduled work? Every good dog man knows that a dog can and will schedule his own work that's why they have an eye for conditioning. They saw what they needed to do every time, technique and work. Why look closely at your dog 's work? You just feed something out of a can that's going to win the contest? Everybody's not feeding two cups a day. The one's that use the tablespoon full, will not tell their competitors about my book, website, or 2 hour video, much less my treadmills. All of my competitive mill builders sell more treadmills than they have conditioned dogs for a contest. I have to sell a lot more mills before I get even.
Won against "Belle Star" a 5x winner, great dog, 7 years old. They picked her up at the 1:39 mark. If GatorLou had had my mill to work on, "Belle Star" would have on her 6th at 7 years old. Just think like the Millmaker.... 2 great females, win 10x's out of 11x's, and my treadmill won the 11th contest.
This treadmill was the first I built in 1971. Dracula was the first champion made on it in 1972. Bubba continued to racehorses for his Dad. I helped with his dogs 24 years later. He helped me with my daughter's rodeo horse win the All Around Buckle and Saddle in 1995. She came back in 1996 to win Reserve Champion, meaning 2nd Place. What goes around comes around. Dogs and horses were conditioned the same as my children, on the recovery method from maximum stress.
Notes from the Millmaker
Many Reasons Why You're Dog Gets Hot
You Can Not Feed Cups Full of Chemicals
In my 30 years as a dog man I have contributed some of the most prestigious publications on treadmills, free conditioning and feed keep. I have written about the findings of the true weight of your dog; and is the main reason why your dog gets hot during the contest. I prove to you the many mistakes you make preparing your dog.
I found that most people got away from a natural feed keep to reading something off a can label. Not knowing that chemicals speed up the metabolism so fast the body takes on too much water weight. It does one of two things because of your choice of technique. It dumps all their cooling on the ground or pumps all their cooling into their muscles. In both cases your dog will falter in the contest. All that information given to you about chemicals from people that never worked a dog in their life or contested that dog, obviously they are wrong and obviously can't change anything to help you. Just like the tobacco companies did with nicotine. Sure I use chemicals, I would be a fool not to, but in moderation from experience. Any large amount of chemicals used, you may lose the contest, but you can't blame them because they stand behind F.D.A. approval even if you feed ten times the prescribed amount. You loose your money and time spent and the loss of a good dog because you game tested him instead of conditioning him to recover on his feet no matter what happens in the contest.
Your conditioning and feed keep program game tested your dog, instead of your dog's adversary. You start the contest with two strikes against you. I go to watch fights all over the world. I've found out that men that know about technique, maximum stress and recovery can beat anybody with any bloodline. The rest of the people are simply foundered, because of marketing rhetoric in magazines. There is no way any of us can prove that it harms your dog. The rhetoric I speak of prevents your dog from starting the conditioning at his true weigh, but what mistake or how many mistakes do you make? If he's not at his true weight, "How can he cool in the contest?" The harm to your dog is that all chemicals are weight gainers. Since the body is 97% water weight, you should never use large amounts of chemicals during the raising of a dog.
Like all Americans eat too much and they feed their dogs too much. Every dog on your yard should have a narrow waist on them, including your brood-bitches. How? Exercising! Don't you love your dog? Don't you want to win? Or do you have too many dogs on your yard. Oh! I see you don't know enough to care. If you don't change, you can't learn to be a good dog man. Stinson, Grover, and company never had more than 15 dogs on 3 yards. All our dogs were ready to contest or were pregnant. We were always happy and never waiting for anything to be impatient. Now you can get to the work at hand. Vitamin and mineral supplements are one thing but a cup full of any power is foolish. I've never wrote much on feed keep because you feed a dog the same thing you feed a human. Plus cobalt found in prescription K/D dog food I use as a filler only, and an excess amounts of fat that a dog needs but clean fat. My video will show you techniques, recovery and a work schedule your dog will produce himself. Looking for changes so you can make the few good decisions because of minimal stress and strain at this time.
Does your dog get hot? Most people's dogs that get hot read this and think, nobody has ever told them how to condition maximum stress in preparation for a contest correctly. What it takes is; #1 oxygen for breathing and recovery, #2 H2O for (Cooling), #3 (Free) technique to get to his true weight, fast twitch muscle exercise, (running keep), To condition the body to convert a vast amount of energy at a low temperature for a long time.
Oxygen versus rate of oxygen absorption and time to recovery excess H2O no weight that isn't cooling. During prekeep, never get your dog too hot with too much work like strength conditioning. Meaning wrong techniques too much stress and strain. The stress and strain is for the contest to create cooling and raise the temperature higher and higher to use more fuel. Movement of the legs cools the dog, too much H2O as body weight, and not enough H2O for cooling doesn't contest your dog at his true weight.
In other words the dog is not yet ready to cool correctly. The body is 97% water weight. Until you get your dog at his true weight so he can cool, you can not start adding work.
The video will show you the prekeep to produce his true weight. You can not guess a dog's weight then and only then can you add work and nourishment to condition your dog in preparation for the contest. I'm not your competitor, so I can tell you how to be competitive and enjoy contesting your dog in the hot summer with a hell-la-va advantage to make your adversary look like a mallard duck, not get hot and have to take bottom, recover on his feet, you win the contest. If you strength condition you pump H2O into his muscles, using too many chemicals pumps even more H2O into the muscles. Now you have no air and the dog heats up, your dog is shorter in height and shorter in length big disadvantage have to take bottom to recover with no choice in the matter. If you free condition your dog and use too much chemicals you pump all your cooling on the ground. Always remember that what you read on a can label is the absolute truth but the amount is what retains H2O, incorrect weight, or dumps cooling on ground, choice of technique is the only way to achieve condition properly.
The book is .00, the video is .00, and my treadmills are .00. The website http:/home.swbell.net/boblemm//. E-mail address is boblemm@swbell.net
The video explains the facts while you watch the schedule on a free turning treadmill and a flying jenny. Or you can use a 10-speed bike to achieve the same results.
I use 1 tablespoon of Metabolic II for a dog up to 40 lbs., 1-½ tablespoons for 45 lbs., and 2 tablespoons for 50 pounds. I also use 1 teaspoon of Carboplex for 40 lbs., 1 ½ for 45 lbs., 2 for 50 lbs. Metabol II and Carboplex are comparable, made by Champion. Comparable because you can't over vitamin and mineralize your dog and not control his weight, high or low, therefore, not cooling correctly. Call Bob Fritz (APRL). Bob sells Champion Products.
You just let your dogs produce their own work schedule and break stride. So you will know how much recovery time your dog will get to recover at that weight. Ending up controlling his weight with increased diet with increasing work to maintain his true contest weight. Therefore cool correctly so when you start his progressive work schedule the body can be conditioned with as little stress and strain as possible. Once you learn to control his true weight, you can condition maximum stress (a very high heart rate) at its lowest temperature to be cooled. Anything other than a simple clean feed keep will keep you from his true weight and fail to cool correctly. Therefore leaving the contest with less reserve energy to start the next contest from ground zero again. Done correctly, the fight will be shorter, less stress and strain on your dog. The majority of people that win 3x's and retrieve their dogs because they don't have any confidence, they want to sell puppies. Don't want to take the chance to be one of the best.
There are too many champions! To win 3x's with one dog is to be average, to win 5x's is to be above average, to win 6 and 7x's is to be world class. I believe in the saying "Misery loves company". The below average and a......... passing along puppies by below average people with unproven dogs. Never put your fights in the magazines. Wait until you win 3x's. That way people can challenge you for your 4th. No way will the majority of people do that. Mainly because of conditioning, make money, likes the large majority sets standards, their tails get fluffy, excuses are an yard full of dogs to fight and never become above average with a 3x winner.
I never saw Willie fight, Bill owned 2 of my treadmills, "Billy the Kid" could really condition a dog with no help from me.
Every man that buys my treadmill tries to win 5x's. I want to write that certificate of merit for 5x's. I will give all the help to someone that I can. Hopping you will try to be the best dog man you can. If you never make it you will stand next to my peers and I as a good dog man. At least you won't be in the magazines as a puppy peddler and magazine dog fighters that admit to the world that they are dog fighters. I can fade the heat, as long as I don't step over the pit wall with a dog in my arms, referee a match, make machines, they can't get me for the RECO Act, and I can help you condition your dogs, sell my book, video and treadmills. If you people continually advertise your accomplishment they have your names and addresses. Ya'll are a target for reprisal and definitely can be charged with the "RECO Act", meaning (organized crime), because of the phone conversation. The only way to prove your dogs are above average and that you can condition well enough to win 5x's is to prove it. Even if you use a flying Jenny or a bicycle and win 5x's I will send you a Certificate of Merit, because of technique and diet
Stinson won her 4th against Bobby Hall, gave it up 23 minutes. I did her 5th both times were on my mill.
Notes from the Millmaker
Free Conditioning Comparing Treadmills, Flying Jennies,
and The People that Use Them.
Both need sufficient Recovery, All People Don't
In the past few years I have written as much as I could to help as many people, pertaining to conditioning, feed keep, health and welfare of your dog. It's amazing how many people take offence just because it's contrary to the way they think mainly because of the majority setting sub-standard practices. Anything I write about isn't written in stone. I've found out talking to people, that the only difference in feed keep, is the amounts of the essentials or brand names, choice of technique and amount of work someone thinks their dog needs to prepare it for the contest.
In defense of my treadmill and my 42 foot flying Jenny with a 24" banked wall that a 70-pound Greyhound can run 40 M.P.H. on. Don Mayfield said my Jenny was to small, yet a 70 pound Greyhound can't run 40 m.p.h. on Danny Burton's 60 foot in diameter Jenny, Mayfield's is about the same and puts 6 hours or more of work. Mayfield said that when a flying Jenny man like himself, Danny Burton and Jimmy Jobe meets a treadmill keep they lose. "What a crock". NO, Don Mayfield. You can't defend your hard pulling piece of Jenny junk. When I put the picture of my Jenny in the magazine. I could have written this article before he wrote all that rhetoric and lies. Case in point, point of fact; Burton lost to Dolomite. Burton lost to Bully, Mayfield lost to Ruby, Jobs lost to Art and Mayfield lost to the Millmaker. All of the above were worked on treadmills I built 25 years ago. I wish I could put all the latest Certificates of Merit on this web page. But I can't.
I worked Ronnie for his first two times, the only time I ever matched into George and Buddie, I bet every penny I had. Can you believe I traveled with a dog 1 1/2 pounds light all the way to Ft Worth, set him face to face with a 2x winner, and a borrowed dog at that to look and see Don Mayfield across the pit in Buddies corner. Well, it didn't look too good for the out-of-town boys. Well, the fight started, and Ronnie spent the 1st five minutes on his back trying to find something to bite. He was even singing a little song. After every person from Ft worth tried to make a bet with Jim, that is, before Ronnie started his opera again. from that point on, he only bit your dog three times. 1st between his eyes, when he got up and stayed there for three minutes, from there to the front shoulder for ten minutes. That's when the only person that wanted to bet was Jim, because between the eyes of that 2x winner, it looked like someone had stacked up some matchsticks. Well, that's when I found out everyone was going to call him bad Ronnie from that day on, win or lose. His 3rd bite was to the neck and I thought he was doing so well in the shoulder. Ronnie had other things on his mind. Like the things Robert Lemm said was going to happen to him if he didn't stay around to see who won. At the 27-minute mark your dog was cold-stone dead, in which I told the referee so. The referee asked if you would give up the fight, or he would declare the Ronnie dog the winner. You looked down at me and asked, "Will you scratch to win?" Well, you still couldn't conceive to such a dog at that time. I turned to bad Ronnie and said, "Get you some more, son!" And he shook blood into the parking lot down the hill. The great known hill had never had so much of their own blood upon it in such a manner. You then said, "We give it up." Instead of saying, "You win". I don't want to be a great dog man like that. I win well and lose well. This fight was between Don Mayfield's son-in-law, Buddy and the Millmaker in 1975. He hadn't liked me since.
Dolomite was Tuffy's little brother. Died after his 4th win. All 4x's he weighed 39 lbs. - Great dog,
Bully beat Danny Burton's 2x winner for his 5th, was picked up 2x's. 4x's went over 2 hours.
Jim and I worked Ruby, who beat Mayfield's bitch, which beat Ms Pool Hall Red. Something must have been wrong with Jerry's Ms Pool Hall Red, because Ruby ran Mayfield's bitch out of gas, then kicked her butt with no problem.
Art, the dog with a heart. Art didn't need heart, when you fell down in front of him, they never got up. To scratch or have time to make a turn. Art never had to scratch to win, not once.
What can I say about the greatest combat dog there ever was! Everybody I asked, "What do you think about the Tuffy dog?" answered "He's dangerous from the start."
It is a shame that Mayfield over worked every dog, because the Jenny work is exactly like my treadmills, a running keep. When Donnie overworked his dogs, he didn't take away any condition, so to speak. He took away performance because of the lack of recovery time while conditioning "maximum stress". Every day to the light side of true weight. It is a fact that Don Mayfield is one of the best conditioners of all times. He will never be the best because of the lack of recovery time. He thinks there isn't any way to improve, especially coming from the Millmaker, what a loss for a good dog man, like he named himself "Texas Hick". How true.... no recovery, no 5x winner with recovery. Art, 7x's, Tuffy 7x's, Bully 5x's, Angus 5 x's, Black Lady 5x's and many more. He thinks nobody can do it like him, but when I sold a treadmill to someone, the small change of recovery time beat Burton, Jobs, Mayfield, and many more people that used that technique because they fell into the same trap. Don wouldn't help because he couldn't help. Mayfield is of my era; I surely don't have to lie. Don won a lot of contests, but never a 5x winner.
More controversy; first of all I don't care how people represent their dogs, except when the prevailing accomplishments set weak standards. To all the fluffy tail owners of retired champions advertised in the magazine. Point of fact; People can breed their bitches and sell puppies, and charge for stud fee, and still be open to the world. Having a three-time winner is the beginning not the end for a competitive dog and man. Three time winners are common, and 7 time winners are the dogs to breed to. They are above average and world class. True selective breeding.
There must be a hundreds of champions alive today and one no more famous than another, because their unproven for propagation. But I guess there's safety in numbers. I wouldn't breed to any three time winner because the "proof is in the pudding'" a pudding is still cooking. In 1984 I helped work a dog on my old mill that stopped two champions and they both died after the fight. Floyd Boudreaux had me open his mouth because he didn't believe all four cutters were broke off flush with his other teeth. He was matched into a four-time winner when someone poisoned him. No thought of putting him in the magazine if we would have won. Like the rest of the fluffy tail magazine dog fighters with a hometown champion, Jack Kelly won't print articles about controversy of this nature. He doesn't care about the dogs or you people. They should be more 5x winners than champions. Money, money and more money. If you report your fights, just one recorded phone call making a match constitutes the "RECO Act" (organized crime). Jack doesn't care. People without a champion should challenge a champion. The magazines get thicker and the blood gets thinner. Jerk Kelly has insulted you long enough. He's one of the guy's who wears a black hat like Bobby Hall, Don Mayfield, Barney Fife, and Rickey Jones. Rickey told on his peers when he didn't have to! Now! If they ask he will have to...
We all need to raise the standards of the breed, because at this time, it's as low as it's ever been, very few 5x winners, because of the weak commercial value of a champion. That's why I used Barney Fife, to open people's eyes to technique, rest to recover, and amount of work. If someone can get a handle on those three things, people can win feeding Hi-Pro Purina and an all-purpose vitamin. I have many times and they had all the air they needed. The Sporting Dog Journal is nothing but advertisement that is the root of the problem. Stops people from having a fourth contest; Jack tells people they can sell puppies for big money with that blood. Making so many people just puppy peddlers, magazine dog fighter instead of a competitor to improve themselves and the breed for what it is and still make money and contest their dog. The man with a few dogs that takes one dog to 5 wins or he quits, sells or he dies is a real dog man. So where is all their minds? In the magazine! A legend in their own minds with no way to improve because people buy puppies and hope to get lucky. Then test their gameness because of condition. Not knowing that every pedigree doesn't make a famous dog. But! Every famous dog makes his pedigree famous.
Notes from the Millmaker
"Pig Pickin 97", I enjoyed hosting it that year. I chose Jerry Clemmons to receive the Maurice Carver Achievement Award, mainly because he has sold so many good dogs in the past years. Also Jerry won the treadmill that was raffled off. I ended up having the "Pig Pickin" at my horse barn 5 minutes from my house, where I build treadmills and the conditioning facilities. We had plenty of Gumbo and rice, and Texas BBQ. We floated 2 kegs of beer. I had a great time cooking for everyone, sold a few books, and one treadmill. I want to thank everyone that came.
A dog like "Frisco " from a person like Tom Garner, who wouldn't make a pimple on a dog fighter's ass. Yet, Tom Garner built his yard from fighting dogs and of other people's accomplishments. But!! Tom wants you people to breed to a dog that hasn't won a single contest, and buy a puppy from the same dog. Oh! I see, your life is a "crap-shoot". Why not Tom? He said Frisco has a golden dick, "what a Crock". Maybe old Garner has found out something different, then the age old fact of "survival of the fittest" not to many people survives after they "crap-out". It would be so much easier, cost less, just to have two dogs; fight one until he quits, wins five, dies, or you sell him and start with the other all over again. No deal, huh!
Notes from the Millmaker
The basic program comes from the accomplishments of the two greatest combat dogs in the world, "Art" and "Tuffy", where the traffic was the heaviest, Texas and Louisiana. A few good dog men elsewhere. Both dogs were conditioned exactly the same way. Both dogs became 7x winners, contrary to what Jack Kelly in his magazine thinks. If the truth was known "Art had 8 fights. Jack Kelly road the fence again when he heard someone that wasn't even there pit side when Glover handled without a turn being called. Not knowing if you subtract 1 foul out from 8 contests leaves a 7x winner and the greatest fighting dog in the world ever. The first 5 wins were conditioned on my treadmills then sold to Adams and Clutchfield. For Bill Step that owned two of my mills. Do ya'll think my treadmills had anything to do with any of these winners? Good sense should tell ya'll that Tombstone, Bully son, Benny Bob or any other dog that wasn't properly recovered throughout conditioning or wrong technique, or both could have beat any dog free conditioned on my mills, easy turning Jenny or a 10 speed bicycle and given the correct amount of recovery throughout the keep.
Unless you want to read the fight reports, and believe the winner and loser was conditioned well enough to defend that pedigree they thought so much of? "What a crock" what about Tombstone? Mayfield sold him to Patrick's after he beat Bullyson, Jr. because Mayfield knew Stinson/Glover's Tuffy would have kicked his ass.
I now own the treadmill that Bobby Hall worked Bullyson, Bullyson, Jr. that hard pulling piece of junk has a Millmaker roller tray in it now and has helped make 4-3x winners, 1-7x winner and God only knows how many more certificates of merit I will write before I die. Do you people know, that after Bobby Hall lost to Mayfield with Bullyson, Jr. Bobby told me he went to Mayfield's house to learn how to condition a dog? Guess what! The Texas Hick taught him?
#1. That the junk mill blew a dog's kidneys. Absolutely true!
#2. That a "catmill" (a flying jenny) is better than a junk mill. Absolutely true!
#3. That 4 to 6 hours on the flying Jenny or more is what it takes to be a winner. Absolutely not true. Never took a dog off for a walk. No real rest to recover. Lazy.
But I worked dogs at Bobby 's house many times, and bobby mostly worked his dogs with the "more". Out of the" pan" into the fire went "Mr. Bullyson"!! Because when bobby's dogs were in the" pan" he overworked his dogs from day one, and couldn't recover on the junk mill, and didn't give them much, if any by taking them off the mill to recover. While in the "fire" Bobby's dogs got a small amount of recovery because of a running keep, but spent so much more time working he had to feed 4x's more food, 2 x's a day just to maintain weight. What Bobby Hall learned most was not to go into Mayfield, and after Bobby ran 4 Bullyson, sons and 1 daughter at Stinson/Glover, he decided he couldn't win. Bobby Hall traveled the world over beating "mallard ducks" for a lot of money. The reason why I haven't told this story before is because Bobby Hall is "done". Everyone can be a winner among his peers if you understand how Stinson/Glover beat Mayfield, Hall and Burton. Understand this, never in Stinson/Glover's era did they have more than 9 dogs on both yards. It was a winner or it better be a winner. See how many dogs you have on your yard that can fade the "heat tomorrow ". If you ain't no "Mallard Duck? How do you tell from a pedigree if he's a winner? And why would you breed to a dog like... I never missed a day of their conditioning for any of their fights when Stinson/Glover owned the dogs.
Notes from the Millmaker
Condition
Does Your Dog Get Hot?
Was your dog-conditioned in preparation for the contest?
Dogs conditioned in preparation for the contest, experience a higher heart rate in the contest than any day of conditioning. That's why your dog gets hot. Is your dog at his true weight? If not, that's why your dog got hot. Strength condition him, that's why your dog got hot. The more your dog moves his legs the more oxygen he gets in his blood.
The most important element in conditioning is oxygen, you can't ever get too much, ever. The best way to do that is a sufficient amount of recovery time after being at maximum stress. So every dog that breaks stride to recover lets you know he needed to recover. Your dog produces his own schedule for enough recovery time. I choose the average amount of time all dogs settled on the 15-minute session.
A very important element is H2O for cooling under stress. The best way to control the amount of cooling is technique and true weight, so he won't get hot.
Important element is the correct amount of body fat, never too much or too little. The best way to control the amount of fat is to feed keep the dog with a clean diet so he won't be over weight when you start your increased work program.
To control those elements is to condition the body in preparation for the contest, with minimal stress and strain before a lot of hard work, so when you add work you will have to increase his food to keep him at his true weight but be conditioned so he will be stronger at his true weight. Maybe you have one of those hard bitters like "Art" or "Tuffy" or "C-C", 7x winner, just bites all night long if necessary, great defensive dog. I may explain it funny, but the secret to those dogs was free conditioned. If nothing else I looked on while it was done, to all of them.
Past history has proven that a free conditioning is the best preparation for the contest, as long as you don't over work your dog. Over working your dog will affect oxygen recovery, H2O for cooling, and fat deficiency, first stage of dehydration by using life sustaining fat (bonus energy) to warm the body. Adding water to his feed will not correct the weight loss because of dehydration. Cut his work in half until he hydrates. Cut out all chemicals for one day. That dog doesn't need many chemicals or work.
Preparation for the pre keep is the first step. To work a dog on small amounts of clean food to find out his true weight.
Then and only then can a dog produce his own work schedule and show you the condition of his recovery and the amount of cooling off the end of his tongue without stress and strain. Then and only then can you start adding work without any deficiency of oxygen, H2O, or fat? Oxygen, H2O, and fat in the body will control the condition of cooling of your dog during the contest. Then and only then your dog will never have a higher heart rate during the contest then any day of the keep. That means your dog never has to take bottom during the contest.
My job is to condition your mind, eyes, hands and ears to keep you from starting the pre keep under stressful conditions and not be at his true weight. Therefore, over working your dog throughout your work program energy deficient. That's why I wrote the book, made the video and build treadmills.
That's why "Art" never had to scratch to win, or ever allowed any of the seven different dogs to scratch to him, not one courtesy scratch. Preparation for the contest is the way to win, because it keeps your dog off the bottom so you won't game check him in every contest, anything less you will see the error of your ways during the contest, now it's too late to do anything about it. Who knows you may win best dog of the show after getting up off the bottom, but there's one thing for sure. If you don't do better conditioning him you surely won't win 5x's with him. Being oxygen deficient on the bottom does not win contests. The longer you have your dog near his weight on the 15-minute a day prekeep. The stronger he will be for the 13 days of pre keep to have him ready to start conditioning the dog and see how far you can go. Now you can't make but one mistake, and that is to over work your dog because you don't notice stress, strain, or when he falters and needs recovery time. I gave you an average work schedule that every free conditioned dog will produce and recover.
That's why I check the heart rate once a day at the 15-minute mark every day. When you start adding work every day, the heart rate should be the same or less than yesterday. The day the heart rate is more than yesterday, meaning yesterday was too much work, that's it. Do that amount of work until you get to the three rest days like the book explains, so your dog won't take on moisture that will affect his air. You progressively increased his work to control the three elements, so the correct way to finish a dog is to progressively rest a dog. That way you will know how, what and why your dog preformed in the contest. Then and only then will you understand that your dog was in condition in preparation for the contest, and not just because you won. Too many people depend on reading a label on a can, or follow a schedule of work that someone else wrote down to follow, and not notice that your dog was prepared to produce his own work schedule. It's simple; raise the heart rate to maximum stress and a sufficient amount of recovery time. I only wrote down a schedule of recovery time, your dog can and will produce his own work schedule. Most people feed so many chemicals they take on so much moisture and never prekeep a dog long enough to find out his true weight. Then they feed keep him to make weight that they produced. Big disadvantage and people wonder why their dog gets hot. My book and video can help everyone improve longevity in performance. Remember talking on the phone will get you in trouble reporting your fights in the magazines can put you behind bars. Win three, get the championship certificate. Who's to say whether you bought the dog for a stud or you contested him for his championship. Only one recorded match on the phone and you get the "RECO Act", your bank accounts, and house and property and jail time for talking on the phone after putting your fight in the magazines. They read fight reports, and that constitutes "Probable cause" and is not necessary to be a competitor, get famous, or to get away with it. Anyway where does all that put you on the food chain?? "Phone taps are easy, with probable cause! You win four or five all the important people will hear about it.
Notes from the Millmaker
Not a Crock of Rhetoric
Information that no condition program has,
because they don't know or as a competitor won't tell you.
The conditioning of the highest heart rate the dog can reach on your feed keep day after day, without a "Bad Recovery" that your dog can do without stress and strain.
In all the contests seen through the eyes of the Millmaker, ninety percent of the dogs I've seen contest that weren't free conditioned, win or lose experienced a higher heart rate in the contest than they ever reached in the entire keep on any day. That means they all were not properly conditioned, therefore could not be finished to peak condition and therefore had to take bottom to recover with no choice in the matter.
When conditioning maximum stress in preparation for the contest, the dog reaches maximum stress every day of the keep including the two-day before and the day of the contest. And, I promise ya'll that maximum stress will NOT slap your dog in the face and be the reason he quits or strains your dog. You leave it up to your choice of blood.
Don't think that the names on his pedigree can help now! If your dog has to take bottom one time to recover, "the dog is on his own". The best thing you can do is, get away from him and hope he paces himself. How many people do that? If he wins? You need to change something in the way you condition maximum stress. But how do you change something because everybody else's dogs do the same thing. Why not try it the way it will do one thing for your dog? He will end each contest on his feet recovered, with retention of his reserve energy to start the next prekeep with bonus energy to start adding work, without stress and strain for his next contest. End the contest with reserve energy; he will be ready for pre keep in 20 days.
First of all, I condition my dog everyday to get as hot as he should get. If your dog doesn't get as hot as he needs to be during the keep every day you will never condition him. I condition the heart rate to the highest beats per minute for as long as he can run until he breaks stride on his own. That's called maximum stress to recovery. The start of every recovery because he has no choice in the matter. He tells you when he breaks stride.
So we don't need x-muscle heads or steroid freaks putting something in a (can) to stop the first step of conditioning by not heating your dog up, and when he gets hot you can't stop the temperature from rising without a water hose, he can't recover because of too many chemicals.
Marketing Rhetoric: I read this: "You've seen this yourself, one day your dog's workouts are great but the next day's workout is lousy and if you feed your dog (this product) it will solve this problem.
"What a Crock!"
Lord only knows, how many people buy this product and think they had good results because they won. If they lose they don't stop using it. They believe in it but can these dogs be conditioned to peak and be finished in preparation for the "contest"? Absolutely not! They wouldn't know how to peak their dog because the problem was solved with a Band-Aid. One day up, one day down is a technique problem, overworked dog; a dirty dog owned by someone that doesn't know anything.
For .00 you can buy 4 gallons of Metabol II and 4- ½ gallons of Carboplex does that person think that I would let that slip by without comment?
Here's the best one yet. "The feed that will recreate "Bullyson, Art and Bolio".
A lot of people buy this product and they think it helps. The rest of us know better. Especially me. I didn't miss a day of conditioning for the first four fights of the Art dog. And of course, Bobby Hall and Indian Sonny were friends of mine. So I knew Bullyson and Bolio as well as the Art dog.
I want to say that if you learn how to condition a dog well, finishing a dog is the easiest part. When it's done right nothing will affect your dog, not even travel. I feel that if more people did better at what they do to their dogs, you people out there may have a shot at recreating Art, Bullyson and Bolio. When it happens I will know what you feed and what technique you used. Unless you beat Mallard ducks. I'll find that out also. Because like a fool you put your fights in the magazines.
The words "Peak condition" is the most misunderstood word in conditioning dogs. All dog men that say they "peak" him the day of the fight are describing the word peak condition in his mind as being right. But what he really means is he peaked his dog to the 27th day because of rest days with no exercising he explodes the last three days. You CAN NOT "peak" the day of the contest because of his rest days. No body at all can say that they used the rest days to "peak" a dog. They finish the dog before rest whether it's three days or one day or a week of rest in preparation of the contest. The last hard work day, that's when you want to see the peak condition, that's what you have been controlling without stress. Not progressively resting him he will explode. He will come in like you think you "peaked him, he will come in not finished; not peaked contest day. Use my program and he will look the same during his rest as he looked on his last hard day.
I try to talk about all those things in my book. Because I know for a fact there's very few people that peak their dog on the hardest day of the keep.
In my keep it will be the 27th day. The 26th day was his hardest workday. So now we're looking at the 27th day, cut his work in half, the 28th day cut that in half again and contest day I see my dog run wide open on a treadmill for five minutes, twelve hours before the contest if you are at home.
You know, I can see people out there in play land with these dogs that need help. Now you might not think that is true. There are about 80% of them that really need help.
When I read in the "Journal" from contest 493 through contest 737 reported contests that means there's 244 contests. One hundred fifty (150) contests went less than an hour, 5 contests went less than 10 minutes, 20 contests less than 20 minutes, 36 contests went between 30-40 minutes, 35 contests went between 40-50 minutes and 19 contests went 50 minutes to an hour. Out of 150 contests that went less than an hour 57 people picked up their dogs and most of them ran their scratches. What! Your tail got fluffy before your dog's did? If he ran his scratch you picked him up too soon. You are too scared to ever be a true competitor.
Maybe all the editors out there could evaluate this as I do. Sure, there are a lot of competitors out there for 244 contests but, I guarantee, the way I see it, a lot of people need some help in one area or the other.
If I subscribe to a magazine I expect to get help as if I were asking a friend for help. If one editor doesn't like another editor that's no reason why one should keep something from his subscribers. We deserve more than just a lot of advertisement. I stopped writing in the SDJ, I don't take it anymore, it can't help me and can't help you, (zero).
We need people to help other people and the magazine is the best place to help each other not as a competitor I do that for free as a salesman. If I can help all those guys that picked up in 57 contests, I will. Just think how many laid around that should have been picked up. Fifty-seven pick out of 244 is 25% are nowhere close to being a professional dog man. It's no wonder to me why the Humaniacs are after us. Jerk Kelly could give you people direction, he won't. Ya'll need to know that you could fold up Jack's magazine and put it in your billfold the day that the pit report went under. From that day forth, Jerk Kelly, too fat to be a "Yankee cop" began his quest to fame and fortune. His fortune came from advertising anything whether or not anyone bought it or not. I guess that's freedom of speech, and I'm all for that! But! What you people don't understand is that if you try to sell something trashy in Fat Bill's magazine, he not only won't let you, he will give you a good ass-eatin' and challenge you at any weight, any where, any time for any amount of money. Because of so much advertising rhetoric in Jerk Kelly's SDJ. Most of you people won't take Bill's magazine. Bill will not put any contest report in his magazine unless it is at least a good fight. Bill can and will help anyone become a good dog man for free. Bill knows that any person can't ever beat him or ever become a threat to him. He is a real dog man because he is a great competitor. He doesn't stop at 7 wins. He tries for 8x's. Jerk Kelly tells every person that wins 3x's, that they can get a lot of money for stud fee and sell a lot of puppies, matter of fact, he knows where you can sell some. Calls up a few of you apprentices that asked about a good puppy, and they buy them because there are so many champions of all bloodlines you think you are getting a good dog. Not knowing that a champion is just an average dog, and to win 5x's is to be above average. If all the champions would try for 5x's there would be only a few dogs to prove their blood and reproduce more dogs like them. Don't be insulted anymore; don't renew your subscription to the Sporting Dog Journal. "Seek help elsewhere, anywhere", you can't lose. If you buy a dog from Fat Bill, he not only will help you, he will tell you who to call for more help.
Just like I did at the pig pickin. I brought a dog and my oldest treadmill, and put on a treadmill keep at the pig pickin. I helped a lot of men and could have helped more if Jack Kelly would have put my newsletter out which included what I was going to do at the pig pickin. Jerk Kelly didn't print the letter because he doesn't like Bill.
The more people I help the more are going to get a chance at contesting over the hour mark, if necessary. Not to say that an hour is average. I think that's a pretty good conditioned dog. If an hour is good conditioning then maybe so many people wouldn't pick their dogs up. All of them would end up contesting above the hour mark most likely if they seek help. Test all the bloodlines, conditioning keeps and treadmills. I've taken the challenge 28 years ago and I'm still kicking ass. No mill has produced more 3x winners, 4x winners, 5x winners, and 7x winners.
Everybody got help from somebody. Although from what you hear from Jerk Kelly, he acts like he made it all up on his own.
I know nothing about the personal life of Maurice Carver. You might say I didn't know him very well. But, I learned how to match, condition and fight dogs like him. So I can stand with all the good dog men in the world and try to bring back the way it was done in the 70's.
Notes from the Millmaker
My Era
Maurice and all the other dog men in my era wanted me and others to pass on to the next era the things we saw. But, in 1979, the federal government put the National Humane Society upon us and they put a bounty on dog fighters. If any state wanted to collect the bounty they would have to have a felony dog fighting law. That move killed dog fighting for the 80's. Dog fighting went on of course, but every dog fighter pulled up. From that point on very few good dog men would ever be at the same fight, like it was in my era. Before, there might be 20 good dog men end up three states away and all our dogs were International Combat dogs, you might say world class.
Maurice was one of many that showed me how to act and think, the rest of dog fighting was hard work and there aren't any short cuts. Now I want to write about my friend, Maurice and how I knew him for the 10 years I fought dogs. Only 32 fights, 22 wins.
Maurice asked me once what I saw in the heart of a bulldog. Right away I said "gameness and courage" then he asked, "You can see those things in a bulldog?" He went on, "You know I once thought I could see those things and I lost a few fights. He went on to tell me that you couldn't see what's in the heart, but you could see it beat. Fifteen years later I watched the heart beat of every dog I saw roll, fight, play, and even sleep.
It's in the book I wrote. I didn't do a great job with the book so I'm still trying. I would think that anyone that buys my book or video would buy it for the Respiratory Recovery Method. This method controls the amount of work people put in any dog with any program, may it be a treadmill, flying jenny, or 10-speed bike. Maurice said that the only way to know the condition of a dog at any time, at home or in the pit is to count his heartbeats and compare it with the amount of work it took to produce that heart rate. Automatically, you know the condition of that dog at that time because of his recovery.
I've said many times in my writings that Maurice had an eye for conditioning and developed the way I work dogs today. People need to think like me. Don't tell anybody you do it my way. I just put you in the right direction and open your eyes for free.
The last contest I watched, both dogs reached "maximum stress" in three or four minutes and by the 15 minute mark both dogs were taking turns on the bottom because they didn't have any choice. It was just, some more dogs meeting that just didn't even come close to being in good condition. Although it produced a winner and loser, they had to give the "Best Dog of Show: to the winner because all the rest of the dog in the show were mallard ducks! Where are all these people going to end up on the food chain? How strong is the chain. People keep doing the same things over and over because they don't know anybody that can help, or would help or think they need help. Now, that's a hell-of-a-spot to be in and not know it, for how many fights? Maybe because they win fights?
There isn't any size when it comes to being a fool. Nothing but differences, and the differences between others and me that don't give their dogs a chance to at least show them that they tried as hard as the blood in their veins, allow them to go forward.
In 20 minutes I know whether or not I have a chance of winning the contest. I'm going to give somebody a thrashing with that dog, for as long as the blood in his veins will let him.
That's dog fighting the best way I can and I love it whether or not I win. When I can buy me one of those "incest", "hard-biting", dead game dogs, I'll do even better. Everything I talk about is exactly the things I got to talk to Mr. Carver about. Maurice said, "He advertised winners and the whole world bought my dogs because I sell bull dogs. Every other dog man in the world advertises pedigrees, son!" You see they need proof that their dogs are good and that's not proof.
Maurice was my friend. Not a day goes by while conditioning dogs, I don't think about him, I miss him in so many ways, especially when he would lean over to tell me something and bump me with the brim of his cowboy hat, I would immediately pay attention. Besides, he could keep me laughing through three long fights pointing out people. He once said Raymond Holt conditioned a dog so badly, that somebody was going to beat so much "Dumb" out of Raymond that he wasn't going to be able to find his way back to town. I asked Maurice what he meant and he said, "Raymond will never learn to condition a dog because Raymond won't listen." Maurice said, "We could make a lot of money, all we had to do is give Raymond a good dog to condition, and bet all our money on the other dog." He said, "Son, I could put Ironhead in his hands and he would fuck him up."
I hope everybody can understand what Carver gave to bulldogs. The short time I knew him I either learned something or I was laughing about something. How can you forget someone like that? If you buy my book I hope to open your eyes to do better than me, because I love it. The fight for me is not with my dog's adversary. My fight is with conditioning my dog because when I do hit it just right, I know at least the dog can stick around long enough to see who won. What more can a man do for his dog. What better feeling is there? How many of you have felt that way?
You know, not doing what I liked to do for 10 years, conditioning and dog fighting, has taken a turn for the worse. How? There are Houston champs and Texas champs but they aren't world champs like in the 70's. Doesn't anyone want to have a 5x winner? Be a "Green Head Leader", get off the pond, see if anybody will follow and leave the rest of the mallard ducks champions. Where there is safety in numbers, it's a living, huh? Good as most, never an individual, and never be remembered unless somebody years from now looking for a 5x winner happens to get a look, and wish they had your dog to condition.
Like Maurice said, "Son, if you want to be famous, all you have to do is load up and get out of town." Three wins ain't nothing. Win 5 or more with one dog and they all will remember you." Maurice couldn't win 5x's with any dog; someone would always offer too much money. I rebuilt 3-Carver mills into free turning mills. The only one I have left is the one that worked Ironhead, Bullyson, Stompanato, and when Robert Hall worked Eli, Jr. Of course it worked many other great dogs most people wouldn't know of. The mill is on display fully functional and has conditioned 5-3x, 2-4x, and 1-7x winners and lost her 8th to a darn fine dog. Just as Maurice did, I will sell that mill when someone gives me more money for it than they have good sense.
Feed Keep
Metabol, Carboplex, Lethicin, egg noodles, bone meal, brewer's yeast and kidney diet dog food and trace minerals. Chicken and a small amount of red meat.
Any feed keep and hard work affect the kidneys to dry, to wet also. You might as well know now that you can't condition the kidneys. But most important the kidneys are what you have to take care of, they are the weak link in the chain.
The K-D dog food can be bought from your vet. Every vet in America prescribes K-D diet for animals with problem kidneys. There are about 1500 dogs or more in Houston that have problems with their kidneys, so I use K-D diet dog food as a filler to increase the amount of feed. I use K-D diet dog food to protect the kidneys. I use it for the same reason I choose Metabol and Carboplex as a supplement because of the kidneys. The amino acids in Metabol replaced the large amounts of red meat we all once used. And everything else in Metabol is a bonus - free for the price. Red meat and a lot of work weakens the kidneys. The kidneys are about the size of two marbles. don't rub, pat or even touch the kidneys, don't let someone wash your dog's kidneys before the contest. Don't pull weights, shake on spring-loaded hides to loosen the hips or use a hard pulling mill to work a dog. All of the above are too much stress and strain.
I feed trace minerals because they activate the kidneys. That's why I force feed water in the months of the feed keep. Before the prekeep now, I feed chicken because it is the most digestible protein, because of the fat throughout the meat. It takes oils and fats to digest and assimilate strength from protein. Also, you see I feed ten different ingredients and seven of them are to keep the kidney function healthy with the least amount of strain. A free turning treadmill all for the kidneys after 20 days of prekeep, (one 15 minute session) a day your dog will drink all the water he needs.
Why do I use Metabol II instead of one of the other supplements advertised in the magazines? Because the canine is used throughout the world for research and development for medicines, drugs, nutrition, vitamins and minerals, surgery. There's only one thing you can give a canine we humans can't take. that is Cobalt. Cobalt is detrimental to the health of a human. If anyone that sells products that is better than Metabol or just for canines it would have cobalt in it, which is necessary for the metabolism of a canine. I am one of the few dog men that has conditioned my self and all my children on Metabol II since 1983. I would also condition my daughter's barrel racing horses on Metabol if it was good for a horse's metabolism, but it's not.
Let me repeat myself, hoping that all the people who manufacture weight gainer chemicals!! If a person chooses strength conditioning technique and prescribed amount, it will pump too much H2O into his muscles. Free technique and prescribed amounts the dog will pump too much cooling on the ground. The reason they all prescribe that amount is because they haven't worked enough dogs. "I have". They say just to use it for a dog without the knowledge to know what is good for your dog. Absolutely no true research for the good of your dog, just a lot of rhetoric about something that has already been figured out by nutritionists 50 years ago. So they get your money and harm your dog?? And Jerk Kelly advertises it. And everyone thinks that because I use Metabol that I give the rest a bad rap. Wrong. The only thing I'm saying is for .00 I get a gallon of Metabol, that will condition 10-50 lb. dogs.
I know that all the salesmen for these products have an answer for everything I've said. I'll say this about my feed keep. It sounds like it's old fashioned. Only because you believe you can open a can and feed it to your dog and recreate an Art, that's a crock! I conditioned "Art". How does that clown know what Stinson/Glover fed?
Like I've said many times before, all feed keeps are essentially the same. If someone has good luck with corn flakes --- give him some. It won't hurt him. Do not use any kind of greens because of the high sulphur content. It will blow your dog's kidneys every time and you have wasted your time and your money. Another test for his gameness.
I use Carboplex but because of the purity of the substance it is short-lived. So I use egg noodles or instant potatoes to give longevity to the carbohydrate source. It's the same for Metabol II it's short-lived so I use chicken for longevity. Remember two things when conditioning a dog 1) how you condition for maximum stress and 2) feed keep a dog to keep his kidney function healthy. I feed red meat, about the size of a golf ball amount to all dogs.
It's your choice; also if your dog is conditioned to peak you won't have any trouble finishing your dog. Like my book explains -- if he is well conditioned his heart rate will not reach a higher beat per minute in the contest than it will any day of the keep or else you've missed his keep. And I failed to give you enough information to do it successfully. To all you good dog owners. Bird dogs and Retrievers using my mill. Always remember all those game dogs pick up their feet and slap them down on the surface of the belt. Also ya'll know about the time of a work session. Sled dogs are very hard to condition, because of their steady work performance.
What's new? Many of the dog men today don't even know what old stuff is much less what's new and improved. Most people know that I have had the good fortune to have been around a few of the greatest dog men of the world. I either helped condition, seen them fight or had someone tell me how good a dog they brought. No dog man can achieve greatness without good conditioning. No one can achieve good condition without a basic feed keep. Everyone should understand the feed keep is exactly the same now as it was in the 70's. But, it's been improved, mostly the amounts of everything. Now where are we at in the 90's? What's the best-feed keep? And who will tell you? The choice is yours. I can prove what I say; check out how many certificates of merit I gave.
We all read about products that are sold in all the magazines. Let me read some of the things that you read that are for sale.
And I quote:
"New product created by top dog men for dogs that run hot!"
What a crock!
That sounds good to most people especially to the young dog men that have just a few contests. Why didn't he tell us what top dog men, I do. Their dogs are going to get hot because of inexperience. First of all TOP dog men's dogs don't get hot. They become better conditioners. I'm supposed to believe that if I open a can, feed this to my dog and it will keep him from getting hot? It would seem like Jack Kelly and his Sporting Dog Journal would help you people more if he cared about ya'll more than his advertisement money, but he doesn't. After all the writing I've done in all the magazines for free, Jack Kelly wouldn't put my last article about conditioning because I advertised the 2-hour video. I write in the "American Game Dog Times, now.
GET IN THE RED
Article taken from "Shape" Magazine
"It's the rare female athlete who eats red meat," says Kristine Clark. Yet, red meat is an excellent source of iron and zinc, two minerals that are hard to get from other food sources.
While beef does contain saturated fat, some cuts are so lean that they contain less than some cuts of chicken. A 3.5-ounce serving of extra-lean ("select" grade) eye of round or top round has about 1.3 grams of saturated fat, about the same as a skinless chicken breast. A serving of top sirloin has the same saturated fat content (2.2 grams) as a chicken breast with skin. Top loin, tenderloin and round tip also are low in saturated fat.
If your saturated fat intake is low, research suggests, the source -- red or white meat -- doesn't matter. In a study done by the Chicago Center for clinical Research with Johns Hopkins University and the University of Minnesota, 200 subjects with high cholesterol were split into two groups. For nine months, all 200 limited their total fat intake to 30 percent and saturated fat to 10 percent. All ate 6 ounces of meat a day; one group, mainly lean red meat; the other, fish or foul.
The results: "There was no difference between the groups' mean cholesterol levels," says Kevin Maki, Ph.D., and epidemiologist with the Chicago Center. "It appears that people can incorporate lean red meat into their diet without fear of raising cholesterol levels. We don't advocate excluding any food from the diet. We think people have gone overboard."
For any dog, give about he amount of the size of a golf ball, 92% lean, along with his chicken like the book gages. More than that amount may cause a kidney disfunction. A dog's kidneys are about the size of two marbles. You can't condition a dog's kidneys; you have to not bother them so they can function without stress.
SIMPLE FEED KEEP
DMG - Can not take the place of AZIAM to finish a dog. The DMG will give you such a good heart rate that you might overwork your dog.
AZIAM - You still should finish a dog on AZIAM in small amounts. Three days before the contest, when you give your azium. Ask your vet, or anyone else you thing might know. If AZIAM is used at all you must use neocenephrin to wake him up and to clear his sinus and nasal passages that collect fluid because of the AZIAM. The safe way is ½ cc three days out and no more. The only reason I use AZIAM is to put my dog in a false sense of being, and wake him up with neocenephrin. Some dogs don't need any AZIAM. I don't like to use AZIAM because broken bones don't heal well. No other reason for it's use for a dog man.
CARBOPLEX - Very good for basic stable keep. Short and long live.
EGG NOODLES - Very stable and long lasting. One cup every day. Your dog may take on too much fluid because of the lack of heat generated for the amount of carbohydrates you feed. If so, your dog will gain weight. Cut back to smaller amounts of Carboplex. Look for a weight problem elsewhere or your dog may not be at his true contest weight.
PROTEIN SOURCE - METABOL, which is short-lived stable source. I use chicken thighs boiled no fat left on them. Boil the thighs until the bones are soft enough to eat. Pour off the water and feed. Feed 1, 2, or 3 cups depending on what day of the keep it is and the size of your dog.
VITAMINS AND MINERALS -
Bone meal - 2 a day for 10 days
4 - a day for the rest of the keep
2 - a day for the three rest days
4 - Brewer's yeast pills a day
A free turning mill will produce a running keep. A running keep will produce a lighter contest weight, and a greater amount of daily fat supplement
FILLER - I use prescription K/D diet dog food that you can buy at your vet's office. This dog food is the only dog food to use in the keep because it has COBOL in it, which is necessary for a dog's metabolism and is the only thing that the METABOL II doesn't have in it.
Notes from the Millmaker
Feed Keep
All this information for 600 mgs of DMG a day starting on the 27th day of the keep on the 3 days of progressive rest days. Your feed keep and conditioning program will let you evaluate from his performance and see it's not a band-aid win. Method of help, just like Metabol II and Carboplex made by Champion - small amounts. The least amount with a free conditioning.
DMG
Dimethyl glycine is something of an embattled species in the world of food substances. It has, in its life span, been through along and rigorous court trial and continues to be buffeted by diminishing, but still present waves resulting from that litigation.
On the surface, it seems like a completely non-controversial entity. It is a natural component of mammalian biochemistry and is found in plants and animals. It's developers say that when ingested by animals, such as horses, it can increase oxygen utilization, reduce lactic acid accumulation in the muscles, strengthen the animal's natural immune response system, prevent typing up (muscle cramps), increase a horse's tolerance to vigorous physical activity, and improve it's overall performance.
Technically, according to Dr. Roger Kendall, Ph.D., director of research and development for Food Science corporation, Inc., of Essex Junction, VT, the country's principal supplier of the nutrient, dimethyglycine is:
"The dimethylated derivative of the simplest amino acids, glycine, in which two methyl groups have replaced the hydrogens on the nitrogen atom. It is a tertiary amine and a product of cellular metabolism, produced from betaine and choline in the body."
It is termed, he said, and ergogenic substance, which means it is one that can increase performance by eliminating fatigue symptoms.
Proponents of the substance, know as DMG, maintain that it could cause a fader in a race to have more staying power by enabling it to utilize oxygen more completely and by warding off fatigue due to it's ability to retard lactic acid accumulation (one of the prime causes of fatigue when oxygen supply to muscles is exhausted). Because of it's ability to strengthen the body's natural immune response to disease, it can perhaps keep the horse healthier in the presence of a variety of bacteria, allergens, and viruses while stabled at the race track. I take it, I give it to my children, their rodeo horses and my dogs. Don't ever take too much, and don't take any if you're not in great condition like a track star!! Call me?
Despite these positive assertions, backed in a number of instances by scientific studies, DMG has remained controversial. Part of that controversy, maintains Dr. Kendall and Don Orlandi, owner of Food Science Corporation, stems from misunderstanding on the part of the United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in it's approach to DMG.
One of the recent experiments was conducted in 1985 at Texas A&M University under the direction of Dr. G.D. Potter. Exercise in this research was on the treadmill. Six mature geldings were used in the test, which was divided into three periods of 21 days each. In the first period, the horses were all on a standardized diet without DMG. In the second period, they were on the same diet, but were fed DMG. In the third period, also of 21 days, the diet remained the same, but DMG was discontinued.
That experiment with six mature geldings used in the test on a treadmill was inconclusive because of the mild heart rate; also, being geldings the testosterone level interferes with attitude while being at maximum stress.
"Mean lactic acid levels in period two were significantly lower than in period one at 20 minutes of exercise and at two, five, 14, 20, and 60 minutes of recovery," the researchers reported. "At 30 minutes of exercise, lactate concentrates were lower in period two, showing a 32% decrease from one to period two.
The effects of DMG ingestion appeared to last into the third period. "Mean lactic acid levels in period three increased above those in period two," Dr. Potter wrote, "But did not reach the levels seen in period one."
In 1982, Dr. Kendall and James R. Gannon, DVM, of the University of Melbourne in Australia, conducted a test on racing Greyhounds. The tests were conducted in Australia, with data sent to this country for Dr. Kendall to analyze. The researchers found there was an improvement in the racing times of Greyhounds being given DMG twice daily, bit that "the degree of improvement is not predictable in any one performer, nor does it seen related to sex, age, or body weight." Mainly because they used a "junk mill" meaning they didn't raise the heart rate as many times as you and I do it every day.
One of the most interesting findings was that the increase in time came at the end of the race, when some dogs normally slowed their pace due to exhaustion. Of course it did, we perform better for the whole contest and we start the contest cold.
Fractional timing (at each 200 meter mark) showed no improvement in the early speed of each Greyhound," the researchers wrote. "However, there was a consistent improvement in the ability of the Greyhound to maintain maximum speed for longer periods. In all cases, it was the time over the last 100 meters that improved." They just don't know how to condition a dog for maximum stress in a short race any more than a long race. They should have called me? My Greyhound mill is ,000, with a book and video that's already been tested on dogs, horses, and humans correctly. I'd give them all the acid test. You people don't think I would send my son to fight a bull to run out of gas and take bottom? (PETA) only cares if I fight dogs, they don't care if I kill my children.
In a study conducted by Dr. Thomas V. Pipes of the Institute of Human fitness in Escondido, CA, it was found that DMG increased the time it took athletes to run to exhaustion by 24 %. Involved in the test were 12 male athletes. Then again, they don't know how to condition anything.
"The mechanisms of how DMG improves oxygen utilization and reduces lactic acid accumulation are not clear," Dr. Kendall said, "but it's effectiveness in improving performance is being well accepted."
"DMG," he goes on, "does not build up in the equine's system because it is efficiently converted in the liver into a series of one and two carbon species, which are in turn used the animal to produce other useful metabolites. DMG does not show in the horse's urine because following metabolism by the liver, DMG is converted into substances normally found in the body's anabolism and energy cycles. DMG does not alter normal blood chemistries of the animal."
Within the environment, DMG and its associated protein complexes are found in low levels in seeds, grains, and other foods.
In substance, DMG used in the equine world is white and powdery. It is normally fed topically with feed and is sold primarily through veterinarians. While Orlandi maintains that his firm markets only pure DMG, he acknowledges there might be others who are using it as an additive and making claims that could bring action by the FDA.
Orlandi said his firm will continue to promote and market DMG as a food and also will continue with research in an effort to fully uncover all the uses for DMG in both the human and animal world.
I see no further study, they all proved nothing but help, good, and it makes me feel wonderful. My four sons, boxed, karate, track and rodeo on DMG. Very small amounts were given to my daughter and son that rodeo that didn't raise the heart rate during the sports season, when their heart rate wasn't conditioned for maximum stress. That's why I put Greg on the video in a contest. A condition of my son versus the attitude of a healthy Texas out crossed fighting bull. I conditioned an 1100 lb., gelding that dumped my 39 lb. seven year old daughter coming to a stop from 35 MPH. It's on the video also. She got up spit dirt out of her mouth and asked, "How's my horse, Dad?" You don't think for a second that I feed Coy Lee's horse too much DMG, do ya? I know how much Metabol II and Carboplex made by Champion to give to my children. One bad night an it isn't like losing a good dog. I have jumped off the fence thinking I was dead, when I hit the ground a-running because the train wreck was still going on. A combination of supplement diet I know nothing about. Any other formula has to many other chemicals that are weight gainers. I don't want that for my dog. It is a supplement diet. I need to contest my dog or child at their time true weight so they can cool correctly and never falter in the contest so they can contest another day, so I can get a good nights rest. Instead of wondering if I could have done something else.
"Seen Through the Eyes Of the Millmaker"
Gator wasn't a great dog; talent and condition made him an individual. Sire of GatorLou, 5x winner.
Notes from the Millmaker
Treadmills
There are about 12 people I know that build tread mills. Some people say "They will put their mill up against the Lemm Mill any day". "What a crock! Why because their mill is pretty or uses plastic boards that are too heavy and not good traction with no foot vibration.
Let me say this, "They ain't no comparison what-so-ever!" Because, they have no engineering specifications. To understand what I am talking about, I'll tell you all the things that their treadmill doesn't have and you will buy my mill over all the others.
#1. 25 years experience, feed back from 102 customers.
#2. Only 1 inch higher in the front than in the back, others are elevated.
Mainly because it pulls so hard it has to be elevated. Now your dog won't run very long unless you tease him with a "bull coon". Then he will over-work himself instead of breaking stride to recover. Now you have to guess when he needs to recover. Some people never give a dog any recovery time. Most mills have a roller of some sort to keep the belt from untracking or pretty go-kart wheels that don't allow freedom to center up a turn freely. All of that because they can't build a mill to turn like the Millmaker. I didn't advertise for 20 years. They all compare their treadmills to mine. "Why?" What engineering specifications are they comparing? "NONE, absolutely NONE".
"Here it is, I build the same treadmill for 25 years. It is a cut away design so you can put your dog on and off the mill with no trouble. The 3-point hook-up allows you to place any dog, any size on the running surface where you want. There are 26 adjustments on the roller tray. Each of the 4 end wheels have an up-down-back-forward-in and out. The front is only 1" higher in front, because on average a bulldog is 3/4" to 1" higher at his hips than his shoulders. So he can run more easily on my mill, than running down the road. Let all the others who build, "Junk mills" tell you why their engineering specs are so different than the Millmaker mills???
. The kicker is "I can tell people how to use my mill in preparation for the contest", all others condition their dogs to run the junk mill. Instead of preparation for the contest. The video will show everybody how every dog worked on one of my mills.
Big, little, tall, short, heavy or light bitch will essentially jump to maximum stress and brake stride, to recover. "Every dog will"!! And that is why my treadmills are the best. None of my competitors are even close.
What will you find out about conditioning a dog in preparation for the contest??? You will learn that every dog will produce his own work schedule, in turn will demand a timely recovery. All the people that I help that allows their dogs to produce their own Maximum Stress to recovery ------------only have to gage the contest on how well they did it. Not if they did it right. Everybody knows that my conditioning program is just like everyone else's program "except" most people don't do it as well as my "peers" and I. So many people call and say they do it like I do but in a different way. No answer, doesn't know what I'm talking about. Much less know how to allow their dogs to produce their own schedule to maximum stress to recovery. That's the only difference between my way of conditioning in preparation for the contest, than all the others. It's my way or the highway, it's comparing apples and oranges, it's a double edge blade, once witnessed, "they would rather fight than switch." I'm the one who observed work schedules for dogs like "Art".
Trojan didn't have much bite, talent but he loved to fight and worked like a Trojan. Ken Click owned Satan out of litter #2, Eli, Jr., and Java. He could bite like Art too! The white dog with the black mill advertisement came from "Click's" yard, out of Witsell's Stomper. Satan tried to jump out of the pit at the 17 count. Trojan barely beat the 27 count when courtesy scratched. Both dogs were conditioned on my mill. My Treadmills make people happy with their fame. Can you people believe when they wrote into the magazines and said they heard of Barney Fife, but never heard of the MillMaker? Jack Kelly used to tell people I feed Stinson/Glovers dogs. Jack Kelly sure gets a lot of you guys money and makes magazine dog fighters out of you all. All my peers don't take his magazine. Professional dog men don't need anything from Jerk Kelly or from his magazine.
Nobody ever has challenged me about maximum stress or treadmills. Thousands of questions about maximum stress though. The reason I'm writing all of this is, some Millmaker said, "He would put his treadmill up against one of mine, "WOW, that's some statement, Huh!" Since his mill has two rollers on each side to keep the belt from knocking the ends of the boards off on the side rails of the mill. You have to stuff your dog in one end or the other. It's elevated in the front so high the dog runs uphill? Because he can't see the engineering catastrophe he builds to sell to people who knows even less than he does. Then sells them a mill because he can't build one like mine. To all the mill makers I say the, "that's no advertisement," that's a sales pitch, like Bobby Hall the puppy dealer and used car peddler. Salesmanship or advertisement should sound like this; free turning, 3-point hook-up, 8 extra end wheel bearings bolted to the mill, 40 extra skate wheels to replace after 20 or 30 outings. It's the most sought after, the prettiest, tons of gratitude from the builder that was a successful dog man - among his peers. Rebuilt three Joe Corvino mills into a free turning mill.
By the way, I rebuilt two Carver mills. One of them worked Bullyson and Eli Jr. It also worked Butcher boy not the one that Garner got from Hooten to exercise Butcher. If you can't think up something good about your junk mill. Don't try to drag me down to your junk level. I'll give you a hint. Change your engineer specifications and use better materials. It seems like one of the mill makers would have conditioned at least one 5x winner.
It's time to stop peddling puppies, retrieving 3x winners, go for 5 or 7x winners, got a fluffy tail do they?
Insecure about your conditioning? Do ya feel lucky? Get out of town, see if the dog is the best, you can still stud him out until he quits, wins, dies or you sell him. If you can sell him. All the magazines have got you boys locked in tight. I'm not saying do as I say, and I do something different. I'm saying do as my peers and I do.
If you have to buy a dog, don't buy a puppy. Buy a young dog from a dog fighter that looks at everything he sells. Most puppy peddlers sell every puppy they produce, "they kill the golden goose". No dog has ever produced a littler like Eli Jr. - Java litter, "Art", 7x winner, "Double Ought", 4x winner, Jade, 1x winner, Hurt, 5x winner. I helped work Art, Double Ought, and Jade on my treadmill. So do you feel luck when you buy a puppy? Any body that would buy a puppy surely doesn't know how to condition a dog. Don't believe all the political rhetoric in print. You won't get help from the Sporting Dog Journal. Jack Kelly only has a few more years. Buy a dog from a winning dog man. Get help from Robert Lemm for free. It hasn't cost you a dime yet, has it? You don't see anybody but dog men in the "American Game Dog Times". If that ever changes I won't be there ever again! The Game Dog Times editor is a world-class dog man; he conditioned and won over seven different dogs. Jack Kelly and the SDJ can't do that, or you would have read it on the cover. You have a lot of choices in life; don't let Jack and his Journal push you off a cliff after he sheers off all your wool!!
I produced a video to help condition your dog so you won't break rule #1. Do not hurt your dog in preparation for the contest. Rule #2, raise the heart rate and make sure you know how much recovery time your dog needs. Rules #3 do not over work your dog. The video will show you how to do this. It's not my conditioning program; it is you doing a better job at conditioning your dog. I don't want to sell my video to everyone, I have to. I want all of you to tell all the young, inexperienced, unaware prospects to buy the video. That way some day having a 3x winner will be normal, like the old days. Where you can go to one of those people that you helped and borrow a weight or let the man take the weight and work him. That way we can keep all the trash in the magazines sending in their one and 2x winners. That way people you helped can knock off all of them and not put wins in the magazines until they win three. That produces more people as our peers. One control, protect what we love so much. Before you know it the unsportsmen like people can't become a gentleman and a sport among themselves. Tell every prospect you know about my video so we can turn this around like it is in Louisiana where the Cajun Rules were written. Take the American Game Dog Times magazine because he protects and serves all of us. I know I've repeated myself many times, only because of the may "Notes from the Millmaker" as you have seen the many "Certificates of Merit" of the 70's, that means more to my peers than any championship, but I can't put the C.O. M's of today because it would sign their death warrant. Don't forget about the telephone, the drug war is over. The establishment lost! Drug dealings without phones will never get caught, and they know how to deal with that. You should deal with it also.
My strength, my wisdom isn't in fact, my experience with my association with my peers. It is a curse! It is my destiny! There are always friends to help with the truth. As we all seek the truth in every dog, we find the truth in ourselves. It's being a true competitor.
Sissy was another dog. Floyd and Drew worked dogs together, Floyd refereed the match, drew had a mill of mine. Tuffy was her sire.
Notes from the Millmaker
Condition
Treadmills I've built over 29 years.
Not only have I tested my product for sale, 102 others have helped me improve my product for the betterment of all. That betterment has been proven more than thousands of times. My treadmills produce a conditioned dog with a free technique, fast muscle twitch exercise. You can use a 10-speed bicycle to get the same effect as my treadmills. In other words a running keep. That free technique will produce a conditioned heart rate. Done correctly your dog can not and will not experience a higher heart rate in the contest than any day of your conditioning schedule. That means when you buy my book, video, use a free turning treadmill or a 10-speed bike your dog will not have a hot spot, or have to take bottom. You win the contest, because your dog will and continue to keep his adversary from recovering, staying at maximum stress, while your dog recovers on his feet. That scenario is the best happening for your dog because you win the contest, with very little harm to your dog, no stress or strain to your dog. Your dog gets to start the pre-keep for his next contest with reserve energy, until you contest him again in a few months. You have to feed keep, condition your dog to win by attrition, to out condition your adversary every time. Forget how he fights, condition him very well; you may meet someone doing the same thing. Remember this, I didn't use one thing out of every conditioning keep I've ever read. Yet, every one will have to change if they need a following. I've tried to make you watch the outside of a dog, and know exactly what's going on inside of him. When the outside of the dog changes, you know what the next change will be, you conditioned him, during the contest you can only do one thing for your dog, try to give your dog as much recovery time as possible. By staying out of his face at home while he was at maximum stress, and being in his face when he was recovering. So stay out of his face until your adversary falls to the bottom, get in his face hoping you can get his heart rate down, to start his respiratory recovery, putting oxygen to the brain not needed at this time. You just broke the weak link in your adversary's chain of conditioning, 9x's out of 10 you win because you did the only thing you could do. Give these dogs all the recovery time they need, bring a good dog man, has made gentlemen and sportsmen out of many because it's free to be nice. When you do lose, you will know why. You need to shake hands and leave hoping no one will see why you lost. So do the best you can! Good luck!
"Seen Through the Eyes Of"
Robert F. Lemm, Jr.
The Millmaker
Seen through the eyes of others, because of Robert F. Lemm, III, Senior Systems Analyst for World Com/Mli, Gulf War Veteran. (PETA) can't hurt me, I'm bulletproof.

respiration may fluctuate slightly from day to day. Marginal differences should be of no consequence. By this time you will know what a bad recovery is, and make any adjustments in work time. Understanding "maximum stress" plus ten days of pre-keep, and twenty-seven days of the keep only conditions your dog for the contest, three days correctly resting the dog is the only real preparation for the contest night and is equally important as the previous thirty-seven days of keep. Not enough rest or too much rest, has the same effect on your dog. It allows maximum stress (energy deficiency) to show up in the contest sooner than you expected. I rest the dog with less and less mill work in the last three days of the keep, because the dog doesn't need much rest, if any at all. The dog needs to retain the rate of conversion at his true weight. I rest the dog just enough for the dog's body to store inside fat (quick burning energy) that is used and replaced daily under stressful conditions, and retains fluid at a rate that I control. This procedure allows my dog to breath freely throughout the contest, which results in no hot spots, they just keep kicking ass! That's why they all start fast, and keep their adversary at maximum stress with no chance for recovery with no choice in the matter. I really love to watch my dog smother the other dog. Just because of what they said about me, my dog or the way it was bred, or my treadmills. I just kept smiling.
(Taken from page 73 of my book)
DOWN BUT NOT OUT
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TO ALL MY FRIENDS
I enjoyed writing this book because I got to live some of these fights again and I do recall the good times. I miss them and I miss all of you. There are certain things you need to remember that all good dog men understand and hold sacred. Here are the principles that all good dog men follow.
1. Vision: "My eyes see the present, my mind paints the future.
2. Goals: "Keep focused on the journey and you will know when the fight is won."
3. Opportunity: "Opportunity knocks, but you must open the door."
4. Persistence: "Anyone can start; only winners finish!"
5. Success: "Success is when you achieve your goals!"
6. Leadership: "Leadership is earned through setting examples and encouraging others to follow. Only a few are willing to stand out front."
I want to encourage others like I was encouraged by the men in my era. I hope everyone enjoyed reading my book.

Truthfully yours.
"Seen Through the Eyes of the Millmaker"
Robert Lemm
P.S. Good Luck!




 

 



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