Training your Dog for Canine Sports
Understanding & applying the principles of human sports science and exercise physiology to dogs
Canine sports are becoming a very popular part of dog ownership and there are loads of sports to choose from.
- Obedience dogs
- Agility dogs
- Racing huskies
- Field Trial dogs
- Show dogs
- Racing Greyhounds
- Gun dogs
- Heelwork to music
But, how do you train your dog for these events?
There is very little common knowledge or information out there as to how to train, condition, feed, warm up and improve the performance of the canine athlete.
The majority of trainers understand that the best performance will come from a dog with the correct conformation for the particular sport area and one which has been conditioned to peak physical and mental fitness.
They realise that dogs need to be trained and prepared for competitive events and that the best training program addresses the specific needs of the dog in terms of training, exercise, nutrition, and avoiding injury.
But, most amateur competitors are not exactly sure how to prepare their dogs for canine sports. Just because your dog is active and runs around a lot doesn't mean it is fit enough to take part in sporting events. And if you do participate in canine sports without properly preparing your dog, you significantly increase the risk of injury.
So, this book will show you exactly how to prepare your dog for canine sports.
It will teach you how to apply the principles of Human Sports Science to dogs to achieve maximum performance.
It will teach you how to condition all your dog’s body systems to achieve peak physical and mental fitness.
You will learn about the correct feeding and nutrition of the canine athlete.
It will show you exactly how to design a training and conditioning programme to suit your dog.
It will teach you how to warm up and cool down your dog properly.
It will teach you how to use massage and stretching to improve your dog’s performance.
And you will learn how to avoid injuries to your dog.
So, whether your dog is a sprint athlete, for example flyball, agility, or more of an endurance athlete, for instance sled dogs and field trials, you will know that your dog is properly conditioned and mentally prepared for whatever sport you both enjoy.
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