Agility specific
Warm-Up / Cool-Down Routine

Alpha and Omega of every dog sport activity!

Learn more how to properly warm up your canine athlete before every dog training session and competition, and cool down after.

Did you know...

…human sprinters on 100 m thoroughly prepare and activate their muscles for more than an hour before they start? 

And all they have to do is run straight for a world record of 9,58 seconds!

Now imagine an agility dog clearing a course of 22 obstacles after only a short walk to wee, and briefly playing with a toy!

Think about what kind of motions dogs do when running an agility course ...

In agility, the dog sprints, weaves, jumps, turns and twists, changes directions, accelerates and decelerates, and we simply cannot properly prepare the body for these high-power actions by only walking the dog.

The warm-up not only prepares the whole body system: nervous system, cardiovascular system, metabolism, joints, muscles, tendons and ligaments, it also leads to an immediate improvement in performance, and helps reduce the risk of injury.

And when you have successfully finished your run or your training, don’t call it quits just yet! Not only it is very discouraging for the dog to be put away and ignored after a good job, a cool-down certainly serves to accelerate the recovery process, and helps the dog to relax and settle down.

By warming up the dog prior to the activity we can:

Potential risks such as slippery surfaces, explosive acceleration and abrupt deceleration forces, as well as possible equipment negotiations and late handler cues that arise when things don’t go as planned, can contribute to an increased risk for injuries. Most often damaged areas include the shoulder region, toes, gastrocnemius and iliopsoas muscle.


The science-based golden rules for successful warm up of your canine athlete

Practical part with all exercises for a complete three-dimensional routine specific for agility dogs

Gradual decrease in activity, stretching exercises to help decrease muscular tone

Answers to frequently asked questions, such as what to do if participating at multiple events per day, running multiple dogs together, how to adapt the routines in warm/cold weather, and more!

Extra bonus:

Check your dog

Learn how to check your canine athlete at home on a regular basis, to get first insights into your dog’s body and detect any areas of discomfort, before they turn into visible compensatory issues.

Working with canine athletes on a daily basis, not only with my own dogs, but also during my work in canine rehabilitation and physical therapy, has taught me that you, the owner, play the most important role in recognising potential discomforts in your dog’s body early on. 

This is why this step-by-step guide on how to check the range of motion in your dog at home will allow you to seek the help of an ortho or physio professional if/when needed in a timely manner, and therefore tremendously contribute to your dog’s physical wellbeing and performing abilities in the long-term.


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$ 59 One time payment
  • Lifetime access
  • Visual content
  • Downloadable PDF handouts
  • Easy to use

This course is a product of science-based veterinary and canine sports medicine knowledge, personal training experiences, and thorough research on the warming-up & cooling-down field.

What agility handlers said about this course

»This was something that myself and my dogs have been missing out on and I am sure that now I have completed this course my dogs body will be so much more prepared when we get on the startline than ever before.«
Emma Wrench
United Kingdom

»After this video course I am more able and conscious how to prepare my dogs before and after every training and competition.«

»Dogs like humans are athletes! After this video course I am more able and conscious how to prepare my dogs before and after every training and competition. I am happy to give them all the time and preparations they need in order to enjoy the sport together, with less possible injury and the best performance!«
Laura Ceccolini

»Simple clear excersises!«

»I like that the exercises are clear and simple. Many of them I did already, but it is great to get things more into a system, knowing how much and when to do each exercise. Before I was always unsure about how to warm up and cool down when running multiple runs a day at a competition or a seminar, now I have a plan as I now have an idea about how long the warmup lasts.«
Jane Elene Christensen
»If you want that your dogs work safe and with a lot of drive, this is sure the course you should take.«
Ana Jelinčič
»Well needed, very well explained course.«
Vanessa Lloyd
United Kingdom
»This course was full of the useful information to warm up and cool down agility dogs for competition. Easy to understand with clear instructions. Loved it!«
Laurie TeWinkle

»Perfect routines!«

»Perfect routines! I think this routine is necessary for everybody who is doing sport with their dogs, it's really necessary for prevention injuries, increase performance and for a big results! Thanks so much for everything Jana and Pimoz!«
Sergio Rodriguez Soneira

»Clear, detailed, useful. 👍«

»Clear, detailed, useful. 👍 I knew "something" about warming up and cooling down dogs, yet this course have brought much more into it and made it finally clear for me, with additional knowledge about stretching. Very cool.«
Krystyna Tokaruk
»You must have this knowledge! Very useful and interesting information that must know everybody!«
Mariya Makushina
»This was an exceptionally interesting course. Would highly recommend.«
Martin Wardle-Rogers
United Kingdom
»Loved the course. Afterwards I feel like I have the knowledge how to warm up and cool down all spezific parts of my dogs bodies. Jana explains everything very detailled and I am really happy that I invested the time for my dogs fitness and health.«
Anja Bachem
»Excellent explanation on how to do proper warm up cool down.«
Andrea Bolaños
Costa Rica
»I think I can reduce the risk of injury to my dogs by making sure I do the warm up/cool down correctly.«
Tomoko Nakaminami

»Fantastic and great detail!«

»This is the best warm up/cool down resource I have come across. It gives a clear programme for both warming up, cooling down, and post event stretches. It goes into great detail and explains every move and its reason. I would highly recommend«
Karen Lawlor
United Kingdom

About Jana Gams

I have been an active trainer and competitor in several dog sports with my own dogs for the past 16 years.

All of this has helped me better understand their needs and just how important it is that they are well mentally prepared and in excellent physical shape.

I work in canine rehab and sports medicine where I treat and work with lots of canine athletes on a daily basis – be it Agility World Champions, other big international events competitors, or active pets alike.

I am excited and proud to share this knowledge with you!

  • Doctor of Veterinary Medicine (Veterinary Faculty, University of Ljubljana)
  • CCRP – Certified Canine Rehabilitation Practitioner (University of Tennessee)
  • CEO of Dogs4motion, Canine Rehabilitation & Sports Medicine
  • Active competitor on international levels and FCI Dog Training Instructor in Agility and FCI Obedience

If you didn't warm up and cool down your dog so far, or if you are still questioning yourself whether your routine is fully appropriate or not yet, this is the right time to be guided by Jana.

So don't miss out! Seize the opportunity and join right now.

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