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THINK BEFORE YOU THROW

Jan, 20

Repetitive ball throwing: facts and alternatives Not sure what might be bad about repetitive ball throwing? Read and learn some more appropriate ways of exercising and bonding with your dog. “A tired dog is a good dog” - perhaps, but we are really happy that more and more dog owners are becoming aware of a potentially bad outcome from repetitively...

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DO MORE FROM HOME-Lockdown Edition: Class Starts January 15!

Jan, 05

Is there a light at the end of the tunnel for COVID?  I think I see it but while we're still stuck at home, let's get ready together with Carolyn McIntyre's Conditioning Course-Lockdown Edition! COVID may soon be just a memory, so let's make the most of our lockdown time with some circuit training.  This fun fitness course yields noticeable results!  Get your dog fit and conditioned now and be...

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Wraps and Braces for Carpal and Tarsal Injuries

Dec, 29

The excerpt below is from an article by Drs. Gayle Jaeger and Sherman Canapp on carpal and tarsal injuries in dogs first seen in Clean Run Magazine in 2008.  Though it's an older article, it is well-organized and still relevant.  Carpal (front leg wrist) and tarsal (back leg ankle) injuries are common in larger and more active dogs but can occur in any...

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The Role of Equipment in Conditioning

Dec, 28

When talking to a friend recently, I made the comment that my average client has minimal training experience, so in many cases I need to rely on simple exercises with specialized equipment instead of specialized exercises with simple equipment to get the results I want. This caused me to think about the role that equipment plays in conditioning, especially considering...

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Close Quarters: Avoiding Inter-Pet Aggression During Quarantine

Dec, 22

  With much of the nation under stay-at-home orders, cabin fever is at an all-time high. Cohabitating with our loved ones and furry friends provides many benefits, but being in close quarters for extended periods of time can be difficult—for humans and their animals. Dr. Christine Rutter, a clinical assistant professor at the Texas A&M College of Veterinary Medicine &...

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