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As the owner of sporting dogs, dog trainer and active competitor in dog sports, I know exactly the specifics of sporting dogs - their needs, training specialities and the most frequent consequences of excessive sports stress. With fitness training, the dog can be better prepared not only to achieve its best abilities and reach their peak performance, but also to make an important step towards preventing injury.

Because of so many differencies between various dog sports and activities, we like to focus on each individual's interests and take the specificities of each sports trainings and competitions (for example, agility dogs are more vulnerable to shoulder and iliopsoas damage; protection/IPO dogs to neck and back pain; sprinting/coursing dogs need to get special focus on their tendons and ligaments; and SAR dogs to be in excellent overall body condition). It is also neccessary to approach differently to older dogs or to puppies and young dogs who is only starting to develop into a future canine athlete.

Depending on the desired topics, we can adapt our seminar/workshop program to meet exactly your personal needs and interest, and ensure the real satisfaction of the participants.

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Canine conditioning for sporting dogs – the basics

General anatomy and physiology of locomotor system for better understandig of conditioning impacts, individual dog sports (stress on the particular body part, dangers, most common injuries and how to avoid them), how to start with fitness (recommendations – why, how and how much) in theory and practical (working with dogs)

 

Canine conditioning for sporting dogs – advanced

Upgraded basics topics, sports-specific advanced exercises, assembling and training plan designing in theory and practice (working with dog)

 

Warm ups / Cool downs

Alpha and Omega of every activity – whether it's a sport tor just playing with other dogs and fetching balls. Warming up the muscles and tendons is essential in preventing injuries, because a muscle/ligament that is not warmed up and ready for lengthening and contractions, is severly subjected to excessive stretching and thus damage (strains, sprains, shears or even tears). Also, when warming up the dog for a certain activity, it is important to consider and follow certain rules and facts (how to gradually warm up,  which exercises, what is important not to miss out at specific sports, why,…).

At the end of activity, the opposite gradual cooling down is important in order to maintain a good blood flow and to reduce the accumulation of waste products (lactic acid) – and thus reducing possible muscle pain afterwards. We can also help with stretching exercises owners can do by themselves, to maintain the joint flexibility and muscle relaxation – to help them getting ready for new action sooner again!

 

Conditioning for Older or Younger dogs

Dog's locomotor system is different whether we have a young, or an older dog in front of us. For young dogs, for example, it is of utmost importance to take in consideration open growth plates, to be aware that different body structure (long »puppy« legs etc.) affects the muscles and tendons to work in a different manner than in adult age, not to forget frequent overloading of structures that are not ready to bear the stress yet (especially with sporting dogs, but also others) – often leads to injuries and life-long medical consequences. It is important to think about it prior to starting with activities in young dogs: we should give strong ephasis on learning of proper basics and building a good relationship, and leave the sports »skill training« aside until the young dog grows up – to be physically sufficiently prepared for the load.

Similarly, older dogs need special approach too. We should think about what our dog has already gone through in his life – the stress on the body (due to trainings, competitions, maybe just daily life activities that are hard on the body – can be because of no warm ups/cool downs,…) any injuries and consequences or are there only common age changes (reduced joint mobility, loss of general condition, etc.). Keeping a good muscle mass in older dogs is definitely one of the most important things, which can help to extend the quality and time of common activities up to the honorable age. With fun and effective exercises we can enrich the daily walks or take advantage also on rainy days, and thus keep our dog in motion and retain him in our daily rhythm for longer.

 

Proffesional content

Seminars for fellow veterinarians who want to include rehabilitation in their work, to provide a greater success of treatment after surgeries, injuries or diseases and greater customer satisfaction – who will be more likely to return to your offices again.

 

Special topics upon your wishes

Do you have different wishes or interests? No problem! We can prepare the program exclusively according to your wishes and provide quality content also from other areas.

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