The benefits of fitness are no mystery to most of us. My dogs are healthy and fit. I would like to define exercise and some other terminology I will use to work with you and your dog. Dog fitness is important and is in addition to regular obedience and social training. A daily fitness routine is also in addition to any sports your dog may enjoy with you. I am not talking about walking in the park!! I am talking about toning, conditioning, muscle building, mental stamina, physical endurance and more.
Most of these activities once you know how to do them with your dog; you will be able to maintain his condition yourself. I have a home gym for both myself and my dogs to workout in every day. We also train performance sports and enjoy outdoor fitness such as hiking. What I do with my dog depends on him...
The equipment you will need depends on what your home gym goals are with your dog. You can stay basic or go full commitment!
Daily Exercise Suggestions For Your Dog
Exercise is any aerobic activity that challenges your dog's body. For day to day aerobic exercise I train dogs to exercise on a treadmill, along side my bicycle and with a ball.
To build muscle in my dogs I incline train, weight pack train and drag weight train. Many of my dogs are trained to pull a wheeled cart and help do winter chores.
Balance and Coordination
Plank walks, stair climbs and pivot training. Wobble board training.
Correct Posture and Form
Long sit stool, long down platform and form conditioning for weight pull.
Doga is yoga with your dog, calming and promotes bond.
Stretching is self explanatory. You can help manipulate your dog with stretching together.
Petting, massage and stretching techniques help your dog therapeutically and build trust in you.
When you massage or pet your dog for more that 12 minutes you both release a chemical called oxy-tocin. This physical release calms both you and your dog.
Great for extreme athletes who like elevation, climbing and other challenges.
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Discussion of correct protein, carbs and fats for your dog. We explore the right food, snack and supplements that may help your dog reach optimum fitness condition. This is more about feeding an athlete than it is about feeding a couch potato dog.
Your Dogs Structure
You will learn about the complex relationship between structure, muscle and how the body functions. These are your dogs genetic system and structure. You can't change it, but you can work with it!
The above fitness activities can be added to your training program. It falls under custom training for you. Email me for add on pricing. For more custom training exercises click here.