Category Archives: Conditioning

MY Backyard/Basement Training Routine

During the late fall and early winter months, because I live in the beautiful Pacific Northwest, MY backyard training routine must have the capacity to be taken indoors.  Consistency of routine is what I shoot for, not duration of workout.  … Continue reading

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Walking Backwards

I love working with dogs and I have learned a lot from their owners.  Many of the dogs are sporting champions, which keeps me on my toes when designing a home exercise program for them AND their owners.  For example, … Continue reading

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Wear and Tear

Last weekend I found the perfect cure for writer’s block.  It’s called walk six miles up a mountain at three o’clock in the morning wearing nothing but running shoes, running shorts, florescent green T-shirt, gloves, hat, flashlight, and a Portland-to-Coast … Continue reading

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Conditioning: It’s Not Just for Hair

Whenever I open my big mouth, or whatever the Internet equivalence of that is, about canine fitness I’m often asked if I could give an example of a conditioning program.  Now, I am not opposed to giving one, actually I like … Continue reading

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Weaving in Style

I have to admit when I first started teaching my dog, Tess the weaves for agility she was seven years old and I rejoiced if she understood what I wanted her do with that field of PVC.  I used the … Continue reading

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Splish Splash

It had been years since I had a dog to play with in the water.   My Golden Retriever Oly loved “surfing” for her sticks when I lived in Southern California.  I mean she would literally body surf her way back … Continue reading

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Is There Such a Thing As a Safe Game of Fetch?

Dogs playing fetch falls into one of those “stop holding your breath and just relax” categories of dog ownership for me.  Every time I saw a game of fetch I heard a mantra in my head similar to the one … Continue reading

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The Best Core Exercise EVER

Introducing the trot.  It isn’t colorful or flashy, but it’s guaranteed to add muscle strength and coordination to even the most “hopeless” of canines!  No equipment or assembly required; just you, a pair of running shoes, a harness, and love.  … Continue reading

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Fit To Be Tied

I recently received my April edition of Clean Run magazine and have been admiring the increased exposure the poodle is receiving.  On the cover is a dashing 9-year old toy named Radar flying through a tunnel with a very determined … Continue reading

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