Fitness Conditioning for Dogs
1. Build gradually. Don’t over-rep or ask your dog to hold a position too long.
2. Keep a diary of your dog’s progress so you can easily gauge when to up the difficulty level. And difficulty doesn’t just mean more reps or how long they hold for, it could mean switching to a different surface, or changing the front or backend elevation.
3. SLOW is key when your dog is doing any conditioning work! I don’t recommend cueing anything. Lure them with food.
4. Know your dog. Start them at THEIR level. Start on the flat and then move to different/wobbly surfaces where applicable when your dog is ready to.
5. Use a calm voice when encouraging your dog.
6. Ensure your dog’s workout is balanced. i.e. Don’t do the same things day in day out!
About the Author: Kelly Murrell helps out with some of the work in the office at Devon Dogs, particularly with marketing and advertising. She used to work in the office at East Bowerland Farm, but recently moved to Vancouver Island, Canada with her husband. She is an avid dog trainer and regularly posts dog training tips for Devon Dogs, Bowerland and Progressive Paws.