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Could My Pet Benefit From Rehabilitation?

Mar, 30

There are some obvious cases where rehabilitation can benefit animals including spinal injury, osteoarthritis, or cruciate ligament rupture. But small injuries can happen during normal life and dogs are generally quite stoic and are very good at hiding subtle injuries. If these injuries aren’t picked up on, then as the dog ages, they will adapt how they move and hold...

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Muscle building and Strength Exercises for Dogs

Mar, 21

When people think of muscle building and strength exercises for dogs they picture the big Pitbull or Rotti conditioning for protection sports or protection work or even the skinny dog needing to gain weight. However, muscle conditioning exercise has benefits for all dogs and is also beneficial in the rehabilitation of dogs recovering from injury or suffering degenerative issues such...

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Cookie Stretches

Nov, 22

Flexibility is an important component of fitness training. It plays a major role in overall health, fitness and function. But just like in human fitness, flexibility is often overlooked in our dog’s fitness program. Cookie Stretches are a great way to work on flexibility with our dogs. The goal of the exercise is to have your dog bring his nose...

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Know-How for Dog Fitness: Understanding Weight Distribution Is the Key

Nov, 05

If you are already doing fitness exercises, or are interested in starting them with your dog, you need to understand the dog’s neutral position, weight distribution, and what is happening during specific actions, activities or sports performances - how and why something as simple as the direction your dog is looking in can affect your dog’s body, AND how to use...

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Can You Spot Muscle Atrophy?

Oct, 13

What is muscle atrophy in dogs? It sounds alarming, but what does it look like and how can you help your four-legged friend? Here’s a quick overview. What is muscle atrophy? Muscle atrophy means when the muscles of your dog’s body weaken or waste away. It usually affects a dog’s back legs, but it can also occur in the head...

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