Getting a new puppy is an exciting and busy time. Something I was just reminded of as I brought home the latest addition to my pack a couple of weeks ago. A small, sassy girl I have named Keeper. It's amazing how easy it is to forget how MUCH work a puppy is and I'd be lying if I said I wasn't a little overwhelmed with the amount of work we had ahead of us.
Once your puppy comes home they begin an intensive learning period as they become accustomed to the routine of their new home, begin to learn basic commands, and start foundation work for future performance endeavours. But you may be wondering, how to introduce your puppy to canine conditioning. The good news is that a lot of the skills you'll need for a future in sport can also be taught as you are building your canine conditioning foundation skills. This week I'll discuss what we can do to start getting our puppies ready for conditioning work down the road.
As dog owners we all dread the day our dog gets an injury. It's generally not a matter of if but when an injury will occur. Whether your dog is running around in the backyard or competing in a sport, all activity comes with a risk of injury, it's a fact of life. Accidents happen and injuries occur but that doesn't mean we can't be proactive and help to reduce our dogs chances of an injury. So what can we as our dogs biggest advocates do to help reduce their chance of injury and give them the best chance of a quick recovery? Let's review some simple and effective strategies to prevent injuries with your dogs.