Fitness Training Solution

So there is a lot being thrown around about fitness training in sports dogs. The thing is – it can go drastically wrong!

You can actually do harm and that’s scary for us. So much so that I made a record-keeping solution to help maintain balance in your fitness training.

In this blog video, I share the solution with you, discuss how different exercises go into your training and what you should be watching out for.

We just had to share it – the information needs to be out there. We care too much about dogs not to share this with you!

  • Liz Gregg

    I think it’s a really good topic to address. I do exercises with my dogs every morning. One of them used to favour her left hind leg, a problem that I’ve addressed with exercise and now she’s much more balanced. At the minute my other dog has an intermittent limp on her front left, she’s had x-rays and a camera in her elbow and the vet can’t pinpoint the problem, so I’m trying using exercise. Anyway, I was a tad disappointed with your film. A chart is a nice idea but I was hoping for some actual exercise ideas and demos on how to do them correctly. The chart bit could have been dealt with in a few seconds, but then maybe you’ll be showing some exercises next time.

  • Kirsten Linke

    I love all of your videos – they have been useful as this newbie begins fitness training with my five dogs ranging in ages from 1 to 12 years. Would you include the core in the spine area or would you add an additional section to the graph? Thank you!

  • Amanda Splash

    Thank you, a topic I am just starting to research so a chart is great.

  • Anthea Rocker

    Thank you Tom. Barry seemed to have no awareness at all of his powerful back legs despite being able to jump from a standstill onto my table (he understands this is not appropriate in the house now) so I shaped him to step along a ladder on the lawn. Yesterday he began having success at walking backwards. So I guess he is strengthening his back legs now as well as being aware of them.

  • Karen Boardman

    For the spine I like Flint to do 4 feet in a bowl which arches his back, and then play bow pose for a concave curvature of the spine. I figure doing both of these together is like doing cat-cow in human yoga.

  • Tom Mitchell

    That sounds AWESOME! 🙂

  • Tom Mitchell

    That sounds like great progress! Lots of rear end awareness exercises for Barry on their way to the Academy! 😀

  • Tom Mitchell

    Awesome stuff! Love the photo!

  • Tom Mitchell

    You could certainly add core as something separate! I generally consider it as a whole with limbs and spine but looking at it separately will keep balance too! 🙂

  • Debbie Dust

    Do you include cardio as part of your fitness program? My dogs have different needs so their program are individually tailored. Although we try and work all groups I will focus more on rear end for my Cavaliers as they needed to build both strength and awareness. My cocker has almost too much much muscle in the rear so I have to be super careful to focus on keeping flexibility in the rear and spending more time working the front/core to help her become more balanced. Taking some fitness/conditioning courses has helped me develop a plan for each dog unique to their individual needs.

  • Dianne P. Ford

    I’ve been harping on this with my students too. I learned this one the hard way by overly focusing on one skill with Kelsey which created an imbalance. Would you suggest having the one sheet and have a running tab for the full month so that over the month you can see the trends develop without having to do much computation/analysis? I could see if a fresh table was used per session the trends could still be blind to the trainer if they don’t stop and do an overall analysis too. 🙂

    This would also be really good to do with the human agility partner too…. 😉