About Me

Being a Certified Canine Rehabilitation Therapist I have 1000’s upon 1000’s of observations hours under my belt.  Hours of watching the “best”, the “uncoordinated”, and the “everything in between”.  I have repaired and enhanced canines for about 5 years now and have loved all the creative challenges and triumphs that have come with the job (more of a passion than a job really).

I fell in love with the Standard Poodle breed about 5 1/2 year ago when I adopted a 4 1/2 year old cafe au lait, Tess.  For better or for worse, Tess came along at just the time that I was embarking upon my canine rehab journey, which for Tess meant multiple “demo dog” days, hours of range of motion, strengthening, body awareness, and conditioning exercises by yours truly and other canine rehab want-to-bes at the Canine Rehabilitation Institute, my home, and at my clinic.  At 10, Tess is now retired from agility (she took her first agility class at 7 1/2 and started competing at 8 years old) and as a retirement present we are getting ready to take our first rally class in a couple of weeks.  Making the retirement decision was a tough one, but selfishly I wanted to continue to enjoy hiking, snowshoeing, and running (yes, running) with my best buddy as long as possible.  Agility is a tough sport on standards!

Poodles are a fascinating breed.  They have their own unique structure and movement patterns which facilitates excelling in multiple sporting and working venues.  Their structural uniqueness if not understood correctly WILL lead to progressive joint breakdown and injury.  But there’s hope!  Follow me as we explore (not explode) the poodle’s potential and keep poodles in motion.

Robin Pelletier, PT, MPT, CCRT


  • Caroline

    I keep asking on the Poodle Agility List (and get no answer)–when and why did tail docking of poodles start?
    Caroline McKinney

    • rpelletier

      Hi Caroline,
      I think no one answered your question because no one knows for sure.  I think it’s a great question though, and it has peaked my interest enough that I’m going to follow up with some research and I’ll let you know if I find out anything.  There’s many reasons why, but no dates attached.  The best “why” that I have found so far is early in poodle history when poodles were used as rope dogs on boats (helped bring in the fishing nets, etc) and the weight of the hair started pulling the dog under water and the long tail would also collect debris and get tangled in the nets.   Tail docking was common place for herding dogs as it was a way to document that the owners had paid taxes on their dogs.  I’m thinking a fisherman wanted a more buoyant poodle and met up with a herder in a bar one night and was complaining about his water-logged dog and the herder said “hey have you ever thought about….”  Again, more research needed :)Thanks for exploring my blog!Robin

  • mark schuette

    high drive dog exercise AND control- the safest way to exercise your dog on wheels.


    its more than urban mushing- its a new dog sport