In an article written by Dr. Sherman Canapp for Clean Run magazine he states, “Traumatic incidents result in active eccentric muscle contraction, in which the muscle is activated during a stretch, such as slipping into a splay-legged position” (read the original article or a revisited article) In short, while the muscle is getting longer (from the movement during the slip) the dog contracts and tightens it in order to prevent continued slipping. The slip alone might cause a tear after the muscle has stretched beyond it’s normal range of motion. However, the contraction of the muscle while it’s lengthening almost guarantees the tear because the muscle is already over extended from the leg slipping.
At The Martial ARFS™ Dog Training & Fitness Center we incorporate stability equipment into every thing that we do. Do you want your dog to listen better? Get on the stability equipment. Do you want your dog to do agility? Get on the stability equipment. Do you have a crazy hyper puppy? Get on the stability equipment. The reasons why we train this way is beyond the scope of this review, but it is what we do. However, I am always looking to integrate a variety of stability challenge pieces of equipment in a multitude of configurations to the curriculum.