Knocked bars, refusals, accidents on the dog walk …
But, lucky for you, proprioceptive exercises are a perfect way to improve the much needed skill of accuracy and control in agility.
Accuracy cannot be easily gained during your regular daily walks.
By improving your dog’s body awareness they’ll know exactly where their feet are during a particular task or position, which will lead to improved accuracy in tasks.
Be it at full speed running while running over a dogwalk, or when having to rapidly decelerate in order to hit the mark on a slalom entry.
There is nothing more dangerous than having a “weekend warrior”, who only gets to be highly active from time to time!
This course will not only contribute to immediate enhanced performance in agility tasks, but will also help improve and maintain your dog’s physical condition over break periods.
Long pauses between training put your dog at greater risk of injury after returning to the sport.
For example having fewer training opportunities due to bad weather conditions, bitches after a litter … Or when you are dealing with unfortunate health conditions (past injuries) will all decrease your dog’s physical condition and require steady strengthening exercises to bring your dog back up into the proper form for agility.
Fatigued dogs can no longer perform the exercise efficiently, and are put at serious risk for getting injured.
Fatigue usually occurs when we are physically active with our dogs or when they have to maintain a steady focus over a longer period of time.
Better overall physical strength and endurance will contribute greatly to the mental development of your dog, boost their confidence and build up your relationship of trust.
Your dog will be able to perform better, maintain focus throughout your trainings for longer and subsequently enjoy them even more.
Having a weaker body part negatively affects balance in the body, making it predisposed to further damage, and also overloads the spine.
Weaker body parts might happen due to structural deficits, the effects of unilateral work in particular dog sports, past injuries or chronic compensatory issues.
You’ll work on improving the symmetry of your dog’s body and their active range of motion.
This will contribute to improved joint flexibility, soft tissue and spine strength. In addition, your dog’s whole-body strength and symmetry will return. Their performance abilities will increase by having better flexion, extension and rotation movement in individual body parts.
Flexibility is the key to stability!
You know what they say: Knowledge is power!
This class will bring you the knowledge necessary to help your dog thrive in agility! There’s SO MUCH that goes on, on the agility field, that you wouldn’t even know, until you’ve looked at your dog moving in slow motion!
Breaking down specific agility maneuvers with the help of slow motion videos will give the knowledge of which body parts your dog relies on for specific obstacles and which ones are under strain.
In doing so you will also learn about the anatomical structure of your athlete and how this comes into play on the field. With both of these combined you will then be able to better prepare your dog and structure their workouts so that they build the strength they require (unique to their own bodies and age).
➜ The 6 basic elements of training
➜ Agility tasks under a magnifier
➜ Train with a sport-specific purpose: The SAID principle!
➜ Let’s Start to Work Out!
➜ The front: shock absorbers and brakes
➜ The rear: driving force and take-offs
➜ Down to Stands on an incline
➜ Full Body Works
➜ Turns with cavaletti
➜ Speed training and Plyometrics: Jumping exercises
➜ Injury and risk
➜ AND MORE!
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