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3 Things that block your progress

  What are the main reasons people don't progress in canine conditioning and fitness?  Or their program is just not giving them results they need in their sport? I have seen people on various dog sport/training groups talk about…

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…

Injuries need not be the end of the world

Injuries happen, but they don't need to be the end of the world! Dogs, like humans, get injured. Whether by accident, through sport, training or fun, injuries happen. There is much that we as handlers and caregivers of dogs can do…

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…
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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…

“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…

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…

How to build a quality dog exercise program

A good exercise program should address specific needs. This is true for both people and dogs. These needs prompt the solutions which will help your dog reach his goals. The best canine fitness programs will include understanding many variables…

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…

Toe Injuries are a surprise!

I must admit that toes are something that I rarely thought about. Once I started really thinking about my dog’s toes, I can see why they form a vital foundation for your dog’s performance. Toes are important! Missed or poorly treated toe…

5 Fun Facts About Your Dog’s Teeth

Most dogs have a full set of gnashers! But hey, my dog's teeth don't look much like mine! Have you ever wondered about them?   Here are 5 fun facts about your dog's teeth   1. They have two sets, (just like us) Young human…

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…

The importance of oral health in dogs

This is a super video from The Vet Society.  It explains the progression of oral health in dogs, how easily their oral health can go downhill and why it is SOOO important to keep your dog's mouth clean and healthy!     PlaqueOff…

After surgery/injury – Will his muscles return to normal?

This is a big question:  My dog has had surgery/an injury. Will his muscles return to normal - by themselves?   According to Michelle Monk, leading Pet Rehab specialist with a Masters Degree in Animal Physiotherapy, the short…

Soft tissue injuries and their effect on your pet’s joints

Soft tissue injuries include injuries to muscle, tendons and ligaments. They come in the form of sprains or strains and tears or ruptures.   1. Sprains and strains.   Dogs spend most of their days standing on their toes, with…
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Your dog’s sexy 6-pack – core essentials!

You know that having a strong core is good for you. The same applies to your dog! A strong core goes beyond the doggy "6-pack". Daily tasks like sitting, standing, bending to pee and poop, all need core muscles. The stronger the…

Iliopsoas muscle? Never heard of her….

Dogs with groin or iliopsoas muscle issues are a common source of injury, chronic pain and lameness in a dog’s hind limb. More common than you may think!   WHERE IS THE ILIOPSOAS MUSCLE? The iliopsoas muscle consists of the fusion…

Joint Looseness and Hip Dysplasia

Puppies are hip! Our previous article shows that puppies are born with perfectly, normal hips. Puppy hips are quite amazing, although they are not quite adult hips yet. Looking at their x-ray, a newborn puppy looks like it has no joints…
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What is Tartar? Is it Bad for my dog and cat?

Tartar is also known as dental calculus. It consists of hardened bacteria. This hardened bacteria, or tartar, occurs when dental plaque gets stuck on your pet's teeth and then comes in contact with their saliva.   So what is tartar?   There…
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Hip Dysplasia and whelping boxes?

Hip dysplasia is one of those conditions that all dog breeders are very well aware. Responsible breeders make considerable efforts to eliminate it from their dogs for decades. Almost every breed’s parent club recommends screening breeding…

Prevent Teeth Problems at Every Stage of Your Dog’s Life

From puppies to senior dogs, let's take a quick look at dog teeth problems and dog dental care through every stage of your fur buddy's life. Dog teeth problems — they’re not something you want for your dog. So what can you do to prevent…