Tag Archives: Performance

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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A Tale of a Tail

I’ve been posing questions to many poodle people recently trying to understand the mystery of the poodle’s tail.  Well there isn’t really a mystery, per say, but the tide is turning a bit with the evolution of the long docked … Continue reading

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Underlying Motivation

As I’ve said in one of my previous posts, one of the questions that I am often asked is,  “how do you pick a performance puppy?”  It came up again last night.  This time I decided to take a more … Continue reading

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Apples and Oranges

Ever since my then 4½-year-old standard poodle became a member of my family I have been fascinated with the breed.  Her initial gazelle-like romps beguiled the clinical observer in me, having only been owned by a golden retriever, siberian husky, … Continue reading

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The Weakest Link

Yesterday was a perfect day in my part of the Pacific Northwest.  The 70 degrees and blue sky screamed hike to me and mine, so off we went to Dog Mountain.  Yes, it really exists.  Dog Mountain is a short … 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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Structure, Structure, Who Has THE Structure?

Thanks to the increased attention that canine performance has been receiving over the years more people are becoming aware of canine structure and how it affects performance.  It is my hope to take this new awareness one step further and … Continue reading

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