Thoughts on Canine Cross Training
· Learning a proper warm up and cool down strategy to improve joint mobility before exercise or performance· The use of FitPAWS inflatable equipment for strength and balance training. Knowing correct body position is important to maximize the benefits of using this type of equipment.· The use of Canine Gym equipment such as the K9FITbone, K9FITVest (weighted or cooling) and the K9FITTug· Trick training for balance and coordination – body position is again very important here.
· Using a Dog Tread Treadmill for sustained trotting to build endurance
· Cavaletti training – spacing between the poles and height of poles are very specific for improving gait – forelimb and hindlimb reach.
· Swimming your dog, straight, and turning in both directions and using all four limbs
· Flexibility training – stretching
It is our job as handlers to go the “extra mile” and learn how to design a program for our canine athletes. If you are unsure of what to do, seek advice from someone who knows.
Check out my online classes and website to find out more about K9 Conditioning and how I can help you design a program for your dog. I offer in person private lessons AND online private lessons through video exchange. Contact me today to learn more.