You’ve brought your puppy home from the breeder and are excited to start your life together. Perhaps you have big plans for your pup and foresee a long sporting career ahead of you! But how do you get them there and how do you set your puppy up for success? Raising the athletic puppy is a full time job and preventing injury in your future agility partner is a crucial component to future success! An injury at a young age doesn't just sideline training but can have lifelong consequences to your dog's development.
Do you know that breeders can greatly affect a dog's athletic potential? Choosing the right dam and stud with good genetics and great sporting potential is but one factor (albeit an important one!) in determining a puppy's potential for athleticism but another, equally important factor, is how puppies are reared in their early development.
What exactly is canine conditioning? We’ve heard that we should be doing it with our dogs but what does conditioning actually do for our dogs and how does it improve their performance?