The GOLD STANDARD IN rehabilitation treatments and wellness programmes for dogs

Dog Behaviour

Most unwanted behaviour in dogs can be adjusted with a little help and support

Young Dogs

Safely improve your dog’s fitness and flexibility with fun training & exercise methods

Old Dogs

Renew the quality of life for your aging dog thanks to our geriatric dog programme

Active Dogs

Ensure your dog’s able to work for longer and harder with a quality exercise programme

Importance of general fitness

Since injuries usually occur during the lengthening and stretching of the muscles that are not prepared for such a load, it is important that we try to prepare the body as much as possible to protect against these kind of accidents more easily and effectively.

Canine Conditioning is a working out with the help of specific exercises for healthy dogs, to improve muscle mass and strength, general fitness level, coordination and balance.

In spite of the fact that fitness training is not, and will never be, a replacement to regular walks with your dog around in forests, meadows and hills – fitness training is critical to support your dog’s body to resist explosive and unforeseen movements that could cause injury.

Common exercise activities are good only to maintain power in large muscle groups – while small, seemingly unimportant, muscles deeper in the system remain neglected. It’s these muscles that are activated when a dog suddenly loses balance or tries to avoid slipping on a slippery surface, and are therefore the most common places at greater risk for getting injured.

Planned training to improve physical fitness do not take as much time commitment as you might have thought at first – as little as 15min 3-5x per week can amazingly improve the condition of our dog, and we can do it at home or during walks in the nature.

The goal of fitness exercising lies in certain repetitions of specific movements. In order to improve muscle strength, repetitions and load are required to induce wanted muscular response. We can strengthen specific target muscle groups with different exercises or we can increase endurance.

Importance of a healthy body

Underweight

Ribs, lumbar vertebrae, pelvic bones and other prominent bones are visible from a distance. No discernible body fat and an obvious loss of muscle mass.

Ideal

Ribs are easily felt and have only a little fat covering. Waist and tummy tuck are easily seen from above and from the side

Overweight

Difficult to feel their ribs because of a heavy fat cover. Noticeable fat deposits over their lumbar area and the base of their tail. Waist is absent or barely visible and their abdominal tuck may or may not be present

Just like people, dogs come in all shapes and sizes, and weight alone is not a good measure to see if your pet is healthy. By looking at your dog’s overall shape, and getting ‘hands on’, you can get a much better idea of whether your pet is doing well, needs to put weight on, or if they might be carrying a few extra kilograms.

Body condition scores mainly involve looking at and feeling the ribs and waist, and guideline charts like those above can help you assess what you are seeing and place your pet on the body condition score scale.

Weight loss for dogs

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