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.
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
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.”
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.