Clean Run Magazine - December 2008 - 16

ECE’S C Exercise of the Month: G YM Treadmill Walking By Debbie Gross Saunders DPT, MSPT, OCS, CCRP Fit-FUr-LiFe FroM Shor-LiNe A land treadmill is a useful tool for ourselves and our beloved dogs. With winter here, a treadmill allows us to maintain performance dogs’ tness level and provide physical exercise on a regular basis. Treadmill walking also provides an excellent cross-training activity for most other dogs in the household. For dogs that need to lose weight or older dogs that can only walk for short intervals of time, treadmill walking is a great solution to the problem of getting adequate exercise. Note: Dogs under 15 to 18 months of age should not participate in treadmill activities due to their age and the potential damage to growth plates. In addition, dogs under 10 pounds may have a di cult time on the treadmill because of their short stride length, and using the treadmill could potentially cause damage to their musculoskeletal system. I prefer outdoor walks for smaller dogs rather than the land treadmill. Choosing a Treadmill The length of the belt of the treadmill is important because it will assist the dog in maintaining his natural stride length. The treadmill belt should be longer than your dog’s stride length. For example, a German Shepherd with a stride length of 6.5’ needs a treadmill with a belt that’s 7’ or longer. A variety of treadmills are built speci cally for dogs. Some are motorized and others are powered by the dog, or are classi ed as automatic. For more information on treadmills that are appropriate for your dog, visit www.shor-line.com, www.jogadog.com, or www.nordictrack.com. Dogs may also use treadmills designed for humans, and this is a great excuse for both you and your dogs to get moving! If you have a good quality human treadmill in the house already, this may be perfect for your dog. Just make sure that the belt length is appropriate for your dog’s stride length. When choosing a treadmill for your canine athlete, there are various features to consider. The rst one is the motorized versus the automatic treadmill. The automatic treadmills rely on the dog’s activity to move the belt and do not require electricity. These are less expensive than motorized treadmills, but motorized treadmills allow you to set the desired speed for the dog and simulate either a at or an inclined surface. Some treadmills even allow you to decline the surface. 16 An incline feature on a treadmill allows you to focus more on the dog’s hind limbs or rear-end strength, which is useful when working on hind-limb power. If the treadmill o ers a decline, this feature will allow you to focus more on the dog’s forelimbs or front legs and shoulders. The ability to vary the belt speed is another important feature. Ideally, the treadmill should start at a slow speed (fractions of 1 mph) and increase to at least 5 mph. You want to start the dog off slowly, so a treadmill that can be run at 0.5 mph is ideal. Running or jogging on a treadmill is sometimes difficult to achieve if the treadmill does not reach speeds that are fast enough. The treadmill speed for running at a gallop would need to exceed 5 mph or 6 mph. The treadmill should be sturdily built and o er enough shock resistance that stresses are not improperly placed on the dog’s body. An emergency switch to quickly turn o the treadmill is available on many models. This feature is important in case a quick stop is necessary. When you set up your treadmill, make sure the front of it is not facing toward a wall. Most dogs will not walk directly toward a wall so it’s important to have the treadmill facing an open area. The Exercise When starting your dog on a treadmill, the dog should be wearing a at buckle collar or a harness. My preference is a harness. The dog should also be on lead. Some dog treadmills have clips so that you can secure the dog to the treadmill. If your treadmill does not have a clip, securely hold the dog’s leash or harness and start the treadmill slowly, between 0.5 mph and 1 mph. Encourage the dog to focus by holding treats in front of his nose; string cheese works wonderfully because the dog can continuously nibble at it. The dog may take a few minutes to get used to the ground moving under his feet. Verbal encouragement as well as treats are bene cial. As the dog gets more comfortable, raise the speed to the desired gait pattern: a walk or a trot. As regular exercise, you may use the treadmill on a daily basis for 5 to 20 minutes, depending on the dog’s endurance level. If your dog has a weak body component, you can focus on strengthening that area with an incline or decline. For example, if the dog has a problem with his iliopsoas or a cranial cruciate ligament, you need to focus more on the hamstrings and gluteal region. Using a 10% to 15% incline at a walk for 10 to 15 minutes is ideal. You can discuss a treadmill program tailored to your dog’s needs with your veterinarian or a canine rehab therapist. Clean Run | December 08
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Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Clean Run Magazine - December 2008

Clean Run Magazine - December 2008
Think Outside the Box (and the Ring)
Editorializing: Just One More Run
Tip of the Month
Everything You Always Wanted to Know About Agility…
Backyard Dogs
Trainer’s Forum
Cece’s Gym Exercise of the Month: Treadmill Walking
Handling Your Dog in Awesome Style, Part 9: Common Sequences
Agility Class Etiquette
K9 Kudos: Seeing Spots
Foundation Fundamentals: Flatwork Skills Wrap-up
So You Want to Raise an Agility Star
Canine Health Care: FAQs
Conquering Ring Nerves: Feeling Overwhelmed by Big Goals?
Retraining Agility Skills
Skill of the Month
Walking the Course…Backward?
Agility Organization Update
Using Silent Running to Improve Body Language
Letter to the Editor
Course Diagram Keys
Clean Run Magazine - December 2008 - Clean Run Magazine - December 2008
Clean Run Magazine - December 2008 - 2
Clean Run Magazine - December 2008 - 3
Clean Run Magazine - December 2008 - 4
Clean Run Magazine - December 2008 - Editorializing: Just One More Run
Clean Run Magazine - December 2008 - Tip of the Month
Clean Run Magazine - December 2008 - Everything You Always Wanted to Know About Agility…
Clean Run Magazine - December 2008 - Backyard Dogs
Clean Run Magazine - December 2008 - 9
Clean Run Magazine - December 2008 - 10
Clean Run Magazine - December 2008 - 11
Clean Run Magazine - December 2008 - Trainer’s Forum
Clean Run Magazine - December 2008 - 13
Clean Run Magazine - December 2008 - 14
Clean Run Magazine - December 2008 - 15
Clean Run Magazine - December 2008 - Cece’s Gym Exercise of the Month: Treadmill Walking
Clean Run Magazine - December 2008 - 17
Clean Run Magazine - December 2008 - 18
Clean Run Magazine - December 2008 - 19
Clean Run Magazine - December 2008 - 20
Clean Run Magazine - December 2008 - 21
Clean Run Magazine - December 2008 - Handling Your Dog in Awesome Style, Part 9: Common Sequences
Clean Run Magazine - December 2008 - 23
Clean Run Magazine - December 2008 - 24
Clean Run Magazine - December 2008 - 25
Clean Run Magazine - December 2008 - 26
Clean Run Magazine - December 2008 - 27
Clean Run Magazine - December 2008 - 28
Clean Run Magazine - December 2008 - 29
Clean Run Magazine - December 2008 - 30
Clean Run Magazine - December 2008 - Agility Class Etiquette
Clean Run Magazine - December 2008 - 32
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Clean Run Magazine - December 2008 - 36
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Clean Run Magazine - December 2008 - 40
Clean Run Magazine - December 2008 - 41
Clean Run Magazine - December 2008 - K9 Kudos: Seeing Spots
Clean Run Magazine - December 2008 - 43
Clean Run Magazine - December 2008 - 44
Clean Run Magazine - December 2008 - Foundation Fundamentals: Flatwork Skills Wrap-up
Clean Run Magazine - December 2008 - 46
Clean Run Magazine - December 2008 - 47
Clean Run Magazine - December 2008 - 48
Clean Run Magazine - December 2008 - 49
Clean Run Magazine - December 2008 - 50
Clean Run Magazine - December 2008 - 51
Clean Run Magazine - December 2008 - So You Want to Raise an Agility Star
Clean Run Magazine - December 2008 - 53
Clean Run Magazine - December 2008 - 54
Clean Run Magazine - December 2008 - 55
Clean Run Magazine - December 2008 - 56
Clean Run Magazine - December 2008 - Canine Health Care: FAQs
Clean Run Magazine - December 2008 - 58
Clean Run Magazine - December 2008 - Conquering Ring Nerves: Feeling Overwhelmed by Big Goals?
Clean Run Magazine - December 2008 - 60
Clean Run Magazine - December 2008 - 61
Clean Run Magazine - December 2008 - 62
Clean Run Magazine - December 2008 - 63
Clean Run Magazine - December 2008 - 64
Clean Run Magazine - December 2008 - Retraining Agility Skills
Clean Run Magazine - December 2008 - 66
Clean Run Magazine - December 2008 - 67
Clean Run Magazine - December 2008 - Skill of the Month
Clean Run Magazine - December 2008 - 69
Clean Run Magazine - December 2008 - 70
Clean Run Magazine - December 2008 - 71
Clean Run Magazine - December 2008 - Walking the Course…Backward?
Clean Run Magazine - December 2008 - 73
Clean Run Magazine - December 2008 - 74
Clean Run Magazine - December 2008 - Agility Organization Update
Clean Run Magazine - December 2008 - 76
Clean Run Magazine - December 2008 - 77
Clean Run Magazine - December 2008 - 78
Clean Run Magazine - December 2008 - Using Silent Running to Improve Body Language
Clean Run Magazine - December 2008 - 80
Clean Run Magazine - December 2008 - 81
Clean Run Magazine - December 2008 - Course Diagram Keys
Clean Run Magazine - December 2008 - 83
Clean Run Magazine - December 2008 - 84
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