Unlike a canine conditioning program for an active companion, healthy pet or show dog, a conditioning program for a canine athlete is about maximizing physical performance. However, not all strength equates to maximizing performance for your canine athlete.
Over the past few years at The Martial ARFS we developed activities and exercises to build functional strength. Functional Strength is the ability to maximally contract any muscle, throughout its full range of motion, at multiple angles of limb placement, amid wide ranges of eccentric torque, without fear of injury.
In order to achieve functional strength your canine conditioning exercises must focus of 4 key areas: Strength, Stability, Flexibility, and Connection. During this course you will learn conditioning exercises to strengthen the forelimbs, hindlimbs and core using those 4 key components combined with variations in body angle, limb placement, and stability platform.
This is self guided open enrollment class with discussion forums dedicated to each lesson in order to provide students direct access to the course instructor. You'll have the convenience of learning at you're own pace over a 6 month period, while still having access to your instructor throughout the entire course.
Equipment Needed: Two 22in Balance Discs (or Donuts), One 22in Balance Disc (Or Donut) & One 14in Balance Disc (or FITbone). **Non Essential but Beneficial Equipment: Klimb (or other evelated stable platform) Halfball or other unstable stackable platform)** (Additional equipment may be noted in a lesson to create exercise variation but will not be required.
Even though forelimb exercises can look similar, simple changes in equipment and treat movement will create subtle changes in your dog's body position, as well as alterations in their movement. Deliberate, technical variations to strength training exercises are paramount to an effective conditioning program for your canine athlete.
- Strength: Aquatic conditioning movement exercises build Strength, Coordination, and drive.
- Stability: Aquatic conditioning balance exercise cannot be duplicated on land, and are safe should your dog fall.
- Flexibility: Conditioning jump training builds power by requiring push through the water, but reduces impact when landing.
- Connection: Conditioning jump training builds power by requiring push through the water, but reduces impact when landing.
Learn Over 30 Different Conditioning Exercises Across 4 Key Components:
- Forelimb Exercises: Much of canine conditioning focuses on improving hindend awareness. Though hindend awareness is essential for performance, forelimb strength allows for controlled landing, quicker stopping and turning, improved jumping, faster running and overall shoulder integrity.
- Hindlimb Exercises: Your dog's hamstrings are the largest muscles of their hindlimbs. Exercises the build strength in the hamstring are essential for powerful athletic movement. However, the muscles that adduct and abduct the hindlimb as well as the muscles that stabilize the hips, knees and pelvis are key to improved athletic performance and injury prevention.
- Core Exercises: The muscles of the core flex, extend, rotate and stabilize the spine. A strong core enables power to efficiently transfer energy from hindlimbs to forelimbs. As part of this course you will learn core exercises that focus on these movements in addition to exercises that stretch the spine while building strength in the process.
- Combination Exercises: Very seldom in sport, or even an active life, does your dog make repeated movements with hind and forelimbs as they do with a slow and controlled well executed canine conditioning exercises. Combination exercise are an excellent way to create movements for real world athletic performance. In this course you'll learn exercise combinations that focus on multiple planes of movement at varying angles of body placement while incorporating 2-4 exercises. Execution will use different speeds, rhythms, and difficulty so your dog is better prepared to handle, or improve upon the activities of their sport.