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K9 Fitness – is it the latest fad or a vital necessity?

  I have noticed that there are quite a few people, from sport and working dog owners through to pet owners that feel that canine fitness training is really just a fad. I actually know some handlers who actually laugh at some of…

Your dog’s structure matters

Your dog's structure matters! You may not realise it, but it actually matters a lot! It is a very important consideration to look at when doing sport or when designing your fitness program to complement or enhance your dog's sport or improve…

Better Sport Performance and Canine Athletes

A dog that is properly conditioned and has performance fitness for the sport that he partakes in or for the job that he has to do, performs better and is less likely to get injured. When an injury occurs, they are generally less serious or…
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Injury prevention and the canine athlete

This article I found very informative and certainly provides handlers of canine athletes with information on how we can assist our dogs to remain injury-free. by Amie Lamoreaux Hesbach, PT, DPT, CCRP, CCRT Empower Physio PeT, Maynard, MA The…

Is your dog in pain?

Most dogs are so brave that they don’t even show signs of pain. Well, signs of pain that may not be obvious to us humans. To follow are, however, some clues that you can pick up on which may help you see whether your dog is in pain or not. This…

Keeping Older dogs Agile

Your older dog may have difficulty in moving or be less agile.  This will affect his ability to perform some activities. However, it is still important to keep them as agile and active as possible. Help ensure that they still have a…
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Exercise Ideas for Older Dogs

There are still plenty of exercises you can do with your older dog! The only thing to remember is to observe your dog and go at his pace. Stop if he looks tired or maybe struggling somewhat.   Here are some exercise ideas that…

Tips on keeping your older dog moving

Senior or older dogs are more prone to health conditions or factors that limit their movement to do general exercise. Our older dogs will generally slow down a little and rest more, but just like older humans, it is still important for them…

Exercise for growing puppy – how much?

During the first 10 – 14 days of a puppy’s life, his movements comprises mostly of drinking and sleeping. Therefore, a puppy's movements are limited to searching for warmth and milk, that is to say, his mom. Likewise, even while sleeping,…

Weekend Warrior Worry

The first question I hear you ask: What is a Weekend Warrior? Generally, this expression is used to describe people who do very little exercise or physical activity during the week and then go out on an occasional weekend and play sports…

3 Variables to Consider when Increasing Workload

Dogs need exercise. This is something everyone agrees upon. But how does your dog's workload make your dogs become better, fitter, stronger, faster with exercise?   Like humans, their exercise program requires a progressive increase…

How to recognise inflammation pain

There is great value in recognising inflammation-causing symptoms sooner rather than later. The later you recognise them the poorer the long-term outcomes may be for your fur buddy! Sometimes recognising these symptoms may even be…

Can Arthritis Be Reversed?

Why does a joint develop arthritis? There may be a number of reasons for this. But let's look at the ones at the top of the list:   Mechanical Damage This happens when the mechanics or the normal workings of a joint is not correct.…

Bulletproofing K9 hind leg muscles in 6 easy steps

Hind leg and in particular, hamstring strains are a very common injury in sport dogs. Hind leg muscles are very important for all K9 sports: fighting helpers in IGP and PSA, fast, explosive jumps, pull aways (acceleration) in dumbbell…

“Off-Season” vs Training Season in Dog Sports?

Do Canine Athletes have an off-season while training for their sport? Have you considered: What we are putting our dogs through to get to the 'big' events? Are dog sports unique? Should we push our dogs to go and go and go? What…

Green Lipped Mussel from New Zealand. So?

We have all heard about Green Lipped Mussel for joints.  But what is the big idea about them and is any mussel okay? New Zealand Green Lipped Mussel or Perna Canaliculus is an edible green-lipped mussel sourced from the waters of New Zealand.…

Starting Out – Your Canine Athletes

Athletes - person(s) trained or gifted in exercises or contests involving physical agility, stamina, or strength; participants in a sport, exercise, or game requiring physical skill.   From school sports to professional sportsmen…

Puppy growth on a plate

The closing of growth rates in puppies varies greatly in dogs of differing sizes and differing breeds. This makes your puppy’s diet and exercises very important factors when it comes to proper growth rates of bone, muscle, ligaments,…

Running Hot to Trot!

Many people enjoy running and jogging. It may also be the reason you got your dog in the first place. There may be nothing better than running with your dog to keep you company as you enjoy the fresh morning air with him. However, to enjoy…

Sprains, Strains and …

So what’s the difference between sprains and stains? Sprains and strains both affect joints and soft tissues of the musculoskeletal system. The signs of both injuries are very similar. These words are often used interchangeably. For some…

Iliopsoas Strains – Let’s twist again!

Canine athletes, working dogs or even active companion pets that : accelerate quickly (like sprinters to fetch the ball!) jump (either in a trial or on and over a couch) brake abruptly (during a dumbbell retrieve or fetching his ball) …

Can you reduce Hip Dysplasia right now?

The short answer: Yes, you can help reduce the risk of developing hip dysplasia in your puppy.   Recently I came across the following enquiry: Which x-ray protocols is best to use to determine if your dog has hip dysplasia?   My…

What about structure? He’s my best fur buddy!

“Angulation…. Withers… Croup… - Never heard of her!” (This is Structure lingo!) "In any case, what do I need that for? Fido is my beach buddy! We don’t go near a show ring!”   Any average, loving pet owner has almost…

Walking my dog is the worst!

"Walking my dog is the worst!" Yes!  I've said it myself! The main reason why owners do not walk their dogs is probably that it is not fun. This might be because the dog pulls on leash like a maniac or because the dog takes off once…

Hip Dysplasia in Dogs – An update summary

Hip dysplasia: a significant cause of pain and disability in dogs.   This remains true even after decades of research into its causes and diligent efforts by breeders to reduce risk through selective breeding. A new review article…

There’s Magic in Movement!

This is so true when we see dogs with arthritis. So strange that this degenerative joint condition is eased by the one thing it inhibits - movement! Regular movement helps manage muscular and joint pain. It keeps muscles and joints flexible. We…

To throw or not to throw?

I have seen a dog have to retire from sports due to injury from simply playing ball. An I must admit that I was guilty of zealous ball throwing too. "In the past two days, I have worked with two dogs injured from overzealous ball playing,…