Canine Conditioning


The SAID Principle of Exercise and Why it’s Important in Cross Training

People have been exercising dogs for hundreds of years, and there are many techniques available to keep your dog in shape. But, with all that’s out there, what really helps your dog be the best they can be?

Whenever I start a new exercise program for a dog, I first ask what the dog does in their everyday life. Does he have a job, run agility or herd sheep? Or, does he lie around all day, making occasional sudden bursts out the back door toward a squirrel who inadvertently makes it into his yard? An exercise program should be tailored to compliment the everyday actions that a dog does.   click here for full article with video…

Making Exercise Safe and Challenging with the “2 On To Up” Exercise

The SAID Principle can help us pick effective exercises for our canine athletes. But how  do we continue to evolve these exercises and continue to challenge our four-legged fur balls of energy?

When I start cross-training a dog, I like to think about simple variables of exercise to fit the dog’s mental and physical skill and strength levels. There are 7 main variables of exercise, and plugging one or more into an exercise that you and your dog have mastered can offer up a much-needed challenge that can satisfy the needs of you both.  click here for full article with video…

Sit Pretty

“Sit Pretty or Beg” can help build not only strength in the lower core of dogs, it also helps build body awareness and yields better stability of their whole hind end…  click here to learn more and view video

Bad Dog Agility Podcast on Canine Strength and Conditioning

Sarah and Esteban Fernandezlopez from Bad Dog Agility welcomed me to their podcast a while back. They were filled with wonderful, engaging questions about agility and conditioning exercises. Check it out!

Ipsilateral Bridging Exercise Study

During a veterinary practice consult trip I got the chance to play with a canine stance analyzer. This specialized piece of equipment is used to measure weight distribution in the canine. Academically speaking, dogs bear 60% of their weight on their front limbs and 40% on their rear….   I wanted to see how weight was being distributed during the Ipsilateral Bridging exercise. I have developed many variations of this exercise but for study purposes we picked the simple version and stuck to one angle like at the time mark of 0:22 in this video:

click here to read the study

Here are some highlights from recent It’s Possible! Canine Conditioning Workshops.

May 4 – 6, 2018
SouthPaws Veterinary Surgical Center
Mandeville, Louisiana

March 23 – 25, 2018 
SouthPaws Veterinary Surgical Center
Mandeville, Louisiana

March 9-11,2018
Wet Dog Wellness
Portland, Oregon

February 9-11, 2018
TNT Performance Dogs

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