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The length of time the dog has been unable to exercise: The longer the muscle has been allowed to atrophy (weaken), the longer retraining will take. What additional information do you consider when you establish an appropriate sports retraining regimen? • The age of the dog • Whether the dog is spayed/neutered and if so, at what age • What sports the dog competes in and at what levels (what titles the dog has) • The person’s goals in each sport • The dog’s structure, including angulation front and rear, length of loin, length of body relative to height at the withers, amount of bone, and so on • The dog’s current level of fitness (muscle size and tone) • What kinds of exercise the dog and his handler enjoyed when the dog was healthy • Previous injuries or illnesses the dog has experienced, including stresses on other parts of the body due to compensation for the current condition • What food, supplements, and medications the dog is getting • Types of footing on which the dog will be retraining clear jumps without overjumping or hitting the bar, do two-on/two-off contacts, and weave accurately. Exercises that improve proprioception include having the dog walk over 15 to 20 jump poles randomly scattered on the ground, and having the dog step very slowly through the agility ladder. Most dogs undergoing sports retraining can do as much proprioception training as there is time for or a wish to do, as long as your dog doesn’t get bored. Strength exercises: The classical form of strength training for humans is weight lifting. Dogs strength train by moving their bodies over short distances, particularly when they push against something that provides resistance. Examples of strength training include playing tug, walking, then trotting, then cantering up hills, pulling weights, wrestling with other dogs, and performing stationary strength exercises such as begging or two-legged standing. Stationary exercises are particularly helpful in the early stages of sports retraining because they strengthen targeted muscles without the disadvantage of impact. For example, begging can be used as a stationary exercise to strengthen the abdominal and paraspinal muscles to support the spine, the control center for all your dog’s agility movements. Getting a dog to stand after begging without putting the front feet on the ground strengthens the rear leg muscles that are so important for speed and jumping. Waving is a stationary exercise that strengthens the front limbs. Performance events that require predominantly strength include flyball, obedience, agility, and terrier earth trials. Endurance exercises: This kind of exercise gets the heart beating faster and the lungs breathing harder to supply more oxygen to the muscles to help produce energy for contraction. Examples of aerobic training for humans include running, step exercises, or riding an exercise bicycle. The most common aerobic exercises for dogs are trotting long distances (for longer than 20 minutes) and swimming long distances (as opposed to the in and out your dog does when retrieving in water, which provides more of a strength workout). Performance events that require significant endurance include mushing, herding, field trials, and hunt tests. Performance events that have both endurance and strength components include tracking and lure coursing. Skill training: This, of course, involves retraining each of the skills and obstacles that are a part of the canine sport. It is not that a dog that does two-on/two-off contacts needs to be retrained how to do them, but that the dog needs to be eased into performing that particular technique at the right time during the retraining period to have the best chance of preventing reinjury. What additional information should a sports retrainer provide? The sports retrainer should look at your dog “whole-istically.” In addition to providing information on fitness exercises and sportsspecific training, the sports retrainer should advise you on the following: Diet: Your dog’s diet and any changes that might be made to improve healing and promote muscle strength. For example, the sports retrainer may advise you on levels and digestibility of proteins and fats in your dog’s diet to help provide the building blocks for healing and energy for exercise. Supplements: Nutritional or other supplements that might aid in healing or prevent additional injury. A sports retrainer might provide advice on whether your dog should be taking joint-protective nutraceuticals, for example, as well as which ones are best and what dose is appropriate for your dog. Body work: What body work, such as massage, heat/ice treatments, and so on you should provide to promote healing and prevent re-injury. What are some examples of sports retraining exercises? These can be divided into four broad categories. Dogs undergoing sports retraining should be provided with an appropriate combination of: Proprioception exercises: Proprioception is the knowledge of where our body parts are in space. There are special nerves for proprioception and, as with other nerves, they can be trained. As you can imagine, strong proprioceptive abilities are critical for agility dogs that need to M. Christine Zink, DVM, PhD is veterinary sports retrainer and consultant on canine fitness. She is author of numerous books and DVDs on the care and training of the canine athlete. Her newest book, The Agility Advantage, published by Clean Run was released in January 2008. Dr. Zink runs a Border Collie and a Norwich Terrier in agility; contact her via www.caninesports.com. Believing in the necessity of incorporating rehabilitation into veterinary practice, Debra Canapp, DVM, has completed the veterinary rehabilitation course in Florida and is a certified canine rehabilitation therapist (CCRT). She is currently certified in small animal acupuncture and practices Chinese medicine as well. After having recently completed her veterinary orthopedic manipulation course, she is working on this certification as well. Dr. Canapp plans to become certified in chiropractic later in 2008 to expand the services offered in aiding rehabilitation in the practice of small animal medicine. 40 Clean Run | February 08
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Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Clean Run Magazine - February 2008

Clean Run Magazine - February 2008
Contents
Editorializing: Barbarians at the Gate?
Tip of the Month
Everything You Always Wanted to Know About Agility…
Backyard Dogs
On Course with Annie Lehman
Basic Turns
Trainer’s Forum
Do You Have a Preferred Handling Speed?
Foundation Fundamentals: Dealing with Distractions, Part 2
Case Study: The King of the Off-course
Conquering Ring Nerves: How Do I Stop Shaking When I Step to the Line?
Sports Retraining for Agility Athletes
When Pigs Fly: What Is an Operant Dog? Why Should I Care?
Power Paws Patterns: Number Three
Cece’s Gym Exercise of the Month: Increasing Challenges on the Ball
Spy Kids: Balance in Training
Skill of the Month
When the Click Doesn’t End the Behavior: Conditioning a Release Signal
Shelter Champs: Dunk
Distance Challenge
Letters
Agility Organization Update
Nested Courses for Mardi Gras
Course Diagram Keys
Clean Run Magazine - February 2008 - Clean Run Magazine - February 2008
Clean Run Magazine - February 2008 - 2
Clean Run Magazine - February 2008 - Contents
Clean Run Magazine - February 2008 - 4
Clean Run Magazine - February 2008 - Editorializing: Barbarians at the Gate?
Clean Run Magazine - February 2008 - Tip of the Month
Clean Run Magazine - February 2008 - Everything You Always Wanted to Know About Agility…
Clean Run Magazine - February 2008 - Backyard Dogs
Clean Run Magazine - February 2008 - 9
Clean Run Magazine - February 2008 - 10
Clean Run Magazine - February 2008 - 11
Clean Run Magazine - February 2008 - 12
Clean Run Magazine - February 2008 - 13
Clean Run Magazine - February 2008 - On Course with Annie Lehman
Clean Run Magazine - February 2008 - 15
Clean Run Magazine - February 2008 - 16
Clean Run Magazine - February 2008 - Basic Turns
Clean Run Magazine - February 2008 - 18
Clean Run Magazine - February 2008 - 19
Clean Run Magazine - February 2008 - 20
Clean Run Magazine - February 2008 - 21
Clean Run Magazine - February 2008 - Trainer’s Forum
Clean Run Magazine - February 2008 - 23
Clean Run Magazine - February 2008 - 24
Clean Run Magazine - February 2008 - 25
Clean Run Magazine - February 2008 - Do You Have a Preferred Handling Speed?
Clean Run Magazine - February 2008 - 27
Clean Run Magazine - February 2008 - 28
Clean Run Magazine - February 2008 - Foundation Fundamentals: Dealing with Distractions, Part 2
Clean Run Magazine - February 2008 - 30
Clean Run Magazine - February 2008 - 31
Clean Run Magazine - February 2008 - Case Study: The King of the Off-course
Clean Run Magazine - February 2008 - 33
Clean Run Magazine - February 2008 - 34
Clean Run Magazine - February 2008 - 35
Clean Run Magazine - February 2008 - Conquering Ring Nerves: How Do I Stop Shaking When I Step to the Line?
Clean Run Magazine - February 2008 - 37
Clean Run Magazine - February 2008 - 38
Clean Run Magazine - February 2008 - Sports Retraining for Agility Athletes
Clean Run Magazine - February 2008 - 40
Clean Run Magazine - February 2008 - 41
Clean Run Magazine - February 2008 - 42
Clean Run Magazine - February 2008 - When Pigs Fly: What Is an Operant Dog? Why Should I Care?
Clean Run Magazine - February 2008 - 44
Clean Run Magazine - February 2008 - 45
Clean Run Magazine - February 2008 - 46
Clean Run Magazine - February 2008 - 47
Clean Run Magazine - February 2008 - 48
Clean Run Magazine - February 2008 - Power Paws Patterns: Number Three
Clean Run Magazine - February 2008 - 50
Clean Run Magazine - February 2008 - 51
Clean Run Magazine - February 2008 - Cece’s Gym Exercise of the Month: Increasing Challenges on the Ball
Clean Run Magazine - February 2008 - 53
Clean Run Magazine - February 2008 - 54
Clean Run Magazine - February 2008 - 55
Clean Run Magazine - February 2008 - 56
Clean Run Magazine - February 2008 - Spy Kids: Balance in Training
Clean Run Magazine - February 2008 - 58
Clean Run Magazine - February 2008 - 59
Clean Run Magazine - February 2008 - 60
Clean Run Magazine - February 2008 - 61
Clean Run Magazine - February 2008 - Skill of the Month
Clean Run Magazine - February 2008 - 63
Clean Run Magazine - February 2008 - 64
Clean Run Magazine - February 2008 - When the Click Doesn’t End the Behavior: Conditioning a Release Signal
Clean Run Magazine - February 2008 - 66
Clean Run Magazine - February 2008 - 67
Clean Run Magazine - February 2008 - 68
Clean Run Magazine - February 2008 - Shelter Champs: Dunk
Clean Run Magazine - February 2008 - 70
Clean Run Magazine - February 2008 - 71
Clean Run Magazine - February 2008 - 72
Clean Run Magazine - February 2008 - Distance Challenge
Clean Run Magazine - February 2008 - 74
Clean Run Magazine - February 2008 - 75
Clean Run Magazine - February 2008 - 76
Clean Run Magazine - February 2008 - Letters
Clean Run Magazine - February 2008 - 78
Clean Run Magazine - February 2008 - Agility Organization Update
Clean Run Magazine - February 2008 - 80
Clean Run Magazine - February 2008 - 81
Clean Run Magazine - February 2008 - Course Diagram Keys
Clean Run Magazine - February 2008 - 83
Clean Run Magazine - February 2008 - 84
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