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Older dogs may only be able to walk 2-5 minutes and may require rest periods. For weight loss, the sessions may begin at 5 minutes secondary to the dog’s condition and lack of endurance. Sessions may be performed twice a day initially until the dog is capable of 20 minutes of sustained activity. To avoid a training plateau due to your dog’s boredom with the exercise, vary both speed and time on the treadmill. Alternating between endurance and strengthening levels will provide an all-around workout for your dog. • Endurance activities may include a trot for 15 to 30 minutes, depending on the dog’s stamina. • Strength activities include a slower pace at an incline for 10 to 15 minutes. • Interval training is also beneficial and allows variations in speed. The intervals will vary between walking and trotting, or trotting and running, and the intervals can be anywhere from 30 to 90 seconds in length. Some treadmills can be pre-programmed for various workouts that can be saved to be altered as your dog gains strength and endurance. Following is an example of a week of treadmill training during the winter months. • Monday: 15 minutes of trotting at 4 mph to 5 mph • Tuesday: 20 minutes of interval training. Warm up 5 minutes at 3 mph. Vary intervals for 10 minutes: between 60 seconds at 5 mph and 60 seconds at 3 mph. Cool down for 5 minutes. • Wednesday: 15 minutes of incline work; 10% incline at 3 mph • Thursday: 30 minutes of endurance work at 4 mph • Friday: Take a day o • Saturday: 15 minutes of trotting at 4 to 5 mph • Sunday: 20 minutes of interval training as above Warm-up and Cool Down Each treadmill session should begin with a warm-up and stretching activities. Also, the session should end with a cool down followed by stretching. • The warm-up should consist of at least 5 minutes of a slow walk, on or o the treadmill, followed by light stretching of the major muscle groups. • Begin the cool down with a slow, progressive reduction in speed on the treadmill. For example, if the dog has been trotting at 5 mph, slow the speed down to 4 mph for 1 minute, then 3 mph for another minute, 2 mph for a minute, and then 1 mph for a minute. Once the dog is off the treadmill, walk him around for a few minutes and nish with stretching. A treadmill should not replace time spent with your dog, and if the weather allows, walks outside are favored. A treadmill does, however, o er an alternative for those rainy, snowy, and cold days, or for those handlers who do not have access to good walking areas. D Dr. Debbie Gross Saunders has worked with animals for over 15 years and is a certified canine rehabilitation practitioner and licensed physical therapist. Her clinic and training facility, Wizard of Paws, is located in Connecticut, and specializes in the performance dog. Visit her website at www.wizardofpaws.net or email her at wizofpaws@aol.com. © CLeaN rUN December 08 | Clean Run 17 17
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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
Clean Run Magazine - December 2008 - 33
Clean Run Magazine - December 2008 - 34
Clean Run Magazine - December 2008 - 35
Clean Run Magazine - December 2008 - 36
Clean Run Magazine - December 2008 - 37
Clean Run Magazine - December 2008 - 38
Clean Run Magazine - December 2008 - 39
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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