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Generalizing Many Cues to One Prop

Communicating with your dog using clear cues or signals is super important to keep frustration low and success high. Putting behaviors on a cue that is truly understood by the dog and generalizing those behaviors to many objects and situations helps you communicate with your dog in many...

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Cookie Stretches

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...

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Human Fitness at Home

Hello all, in this crazy time I decided to team up with a human physical therapist to bring you a HUMAN workout. The exercise listed below were designed and provided by Jennifer Hill, PT-CCRP/CCFT. Stay tuned for future workouts WITH your dog where Jen and I will put together human and dog...

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Learn Lateral Walking

Lateral walking is an important fundament skill for canine fitness training. Lateral stepping means that your dog walks sideways in shuffle steps - think “step-together-step.” His spine stays neutral, which means fairly straight and not curved or roached. Pay close attention to the position of...

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Rear End Awareness

For me Rear End Awareness it is not just about picking up a hind foot but instead it is about muscle engagement to propel the dog in motion and also to teach the dog how to "put on the brakes" with their whole body. If what we are teaching the dog is to shift their weight forward, then we aren't...

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Body Awareness

I get a lot of requests for workshops or classes specifically for “body awareness.” I started asking the question, “What does body awareness mean to you?” These are some of the answers: I don’t know - awareness of their body How to move their body How to shift weight to all limbs How to...

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Photo Postural Assessment

Every few months, I will perform a static postural assessment of my dogs. I take photos of my dogs standing, sitting and downing and put them into a document. I analyze their posture in the pictures to identify any issues they may be having and to track any changes that may be occurring over...

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Smart X50

SMART STUFF FROM Kathy SdaoSMART X50 - xcerpted from Plenty in Life is Free: “…Capitalize on the numerous desirable behaviors an animal performs over the course of an average day by: 1. noticing them2. pointing them out to the animal (“mark” with a click or “yes”)3. then giving the animal a...

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Individual Paw Targeting: Better Communication for Fitness

When you advance to using balance equipment and more complex movements of canine fitness, having solid a foundation helps you and your dog master new movements. One of those key fundamentals is individual paw targeting (IPT) – meaning your dog lifts each of his four paws individually on cue....

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When To Retire Your Dog From Agility?

When to retire your dog from agility (or any sport) can be a difficult decision to make. I am currently running my 12 1/2-year-old dog Synergy in a few classes a day at trials and practice with her few minutes a training session. She goes on daily walks and does fitness training a few times a...

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