Staying Under Theshold

One of my favorite topics to teach dog owners is “focus and self-control” and it goes hand in hand with K9 conditioning.   Slow and controlled movements in specific positions cannot be obtained if your dog is over threshold.    Learning to work with a dog under threshold is a puzzle. It is a truly rewarding experience…

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K9FITbone Review – Revised (New Class 9/9/2014)

Training your dog to use the K9FITbone requires less handler support and lends to shaping independent behaviors in the proper position. If you use a clicker and love to shape behaviors, this piece of equipment is for you. As your dog gains strength, you can pair the K9FITbone with other pieces of equipment, shaping the dog to stand, down, weight shift and other movements that will strengthen their core, spinal muscles and muscles around shoulders and hips.

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Successful Collaboration – Return to Performance

Recently I wrote about the team approach to K9 Fitness and how collaboration between professionals in the veterinary, rehabilitation and fitness fields are important.  Because I refer clients regularly for diagnostics and diagnosis, I receive referrals from those professionals when no discernible problem exists, the dog is released to normal activity or a strength or training issue is discovered.A…

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Exercise for Sprint Athletes

  It can be a challenge to design a conditioning program for sprint activities that will enhance performance, keep your dog’s chances of injury to a minimum and target the proper muscles groups.  What does Sprint mean:  To move rapidly or at top speed for a brief periodSprint athletes rely on anaerobic activities that build on the…

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Exercise Progression

I have been thinking a lot lately about  “exercises progression”.  In the human world, we know that we can’t go to the gym and do the same amount of repetitions with the same weight every time and improve over all strength and body composition.   We know that number of repetitions and/or the amount of weight…

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A Note on Puppies

Teaching a puppy body awareness and weight distribution exercises at an early age helps the puppy grow into a confident, well balanced and coordinated dog. I start teaching my clients these types of exercises when their puppies are just 8 -12 weeks old. I adjust duration of exercise or repetitions to the age, ability and attention…

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Preventing a Psoas injury – training spread jumps

Do you practice doubles, triples and spread jumps regularly??? Often when I am teaching a workshop, I ask agility competitors –  “How often do you practice doubles, triples or spread jumps”?   I have to say many of them answer “only at a competition”.    Sigh Many instructors don’t set these jumps up due to time constraints. …

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