Hi everyone. We are extremely excited to present an array of online courses for your canine athlete, working dog, or pet. Over the next few months we will be building our course library with self guided, instructor based, and/or custom programs to improve your competitive dog’s performance, your pet dog’s behavior, your senior dog’s vitality, or help get your previously injured dog back to top form.
Currently we have three classes beginning in January, and two more slated for February and March. We are offering discounts on early enrollment for the classes that are starting in January as well as pre-registration for notification about early enrollment saving for future classes. Here is what’s available now: Continue reading Our Upcoming Online Canine Conditioning, Health & Behavior Courses
Proper conditioning doesn’t just make your dog stronger, it makes your dog more sensitive to the amount of muscle contraction necessary to move most efficiently. Without conditioning, your dog will only be able to perform as well as they’ve learned to while participating in their sport or life activity. Continue reading The Need For Canine Conditioning
Overweight dogs don’t choose to be that way. Sure they eat when given food but they don’t know the ramifications of doing so when done in excess. The responses from owners when talking about how much they overfeed their dogs are “He acts hungry”, or “He really likes to eat”. This can be frustrating because many owners act as if they can’t deny their dog something that it enjoys so much.
Continue reading Your Dog Doesn’t Want To Be Fat
Canine conditioning as it is generally practiced is not really geared toward canine athletic performance. There are a lot of great exercises that ultimately will not translate to improved performance or injury prevention because the execution will never advance beyond a dog simply going through the motion of the exercises. That’s because the overwhelming majority of canine conditioning exercises never move beyond their canine rehabilitation roots. Continue reading The Problem With Canine Conditioning
At The Martial ARFS™ we use our pool for a variety of water based exercises that go well beyond swimming. We call them Open Water Exercises (OWE) or Aquatic Conditioning, and you can have your dog perform them in a pool or any other open body of water. The purpose of Open Water Exercise is to incorporate a variety of exercises into a canine athlete or a companion dog’s conditioning program that use water to provide resistance, buoyancy, instability, challenge, and/or safety. Continue reading 8 Reasons To Exercise Your Dog In A Pool
By Jeris Pugh
In my intro post, I wrote that the foundation to conditioning was based on functional strength and how to build it. But we can’t use that concept as a foundation to conditioning our dogs if we don’t know what conditioning means. Sure we can copy what someone else does, but we have no idea if that is what we should be doing for our dog.
When I trained people, I was taught “The Core”, in short, were the muscles that stabilize, flex, extend, and rotate the spine. A weak core will usually be the result of a sedentary lifestyle and most likely result in lower back issues now or in the future, along with poor and inefficient athletic movement. Continue reading More Than Canine “Core” Conditioning.
Martial “ARFS” Dog Gym Helps Owners “Fight Fido’s Fat” For The New Year
Long Island NY. January 5, 2015 –The Martial “ARFS”, Long Island’s only “Dog Gym”, is helping dogs (and owners) lose weight, improve health, and burn off excess energy this New Year (and all year long!).
Gyms, Martial Arts Classes, Zumba Studios, and others provide a place for people to “fight the fat”. What about our pets? According to the latest (2013) Pet Obesity Prevention Survey more than 54% of our furry family members are overweight. The Martial ARFS™ veterinary adviser Dr. Eve Pugh states, “As a veterinarian, I see a multitude of pet ailments related to obesity and a sedentary lifestyle. Conditions like heart disease, osteoarthritis, high blood pressure, and cancer can all be attributed to having an overweight pet. Even worse, on average, an overweight pet can have a decreased life expectancy up to 2.5 years. Dr. Eve Pugh continues, “Simply taking longer walks is often ineffective and sometimes weather prohibitive, especially in the cold winter months.”
Continue reading “Fightin’ Fido’s Fat”