As owners and trainers we're highly attuned to the movement of our dog's tail. But have you ever really looked at your dog's tail? Chance are, in the middle of a sport performance the last thing your doing is looking at your dog's tail but you may be surprised to see just how big of a role it plays! It's easy to forget that our dog's tail is a vital part of our dog's sport performance and everyday life. Our dog's have an extra appendage that is highly flexible and capable of complex movements to convey information and complete challenging physical movements. Put simply, our dog's tail is an important physical and emotional part of their body. In this week's blog we'll take a look at how the tail helps a sporting performance and the potential ways a tail can be injured.
If you have a working dog chances are they're always on the move! Whether they're running around on an agility field or strutting their stuff in the conformation ring our dog's ability to move well will dictate much of their success in the show ring. Like us, our dogs can move in multiple planes of motion and the sports we do may ask them to move in one or more planes. In my last blog I talked about the importance of structure and understanding how it can affect your dog's performance. This week I'd like to take you through our dog's planes of motion.
As our dogs get older it's not uncommon to see progressing atrophy and muscle weakness. The reality is muscle atrophy is a natural part of the aging process - but just because it's a natural part of growing old doesn't mean that we as owners can't do anything to help our dogs!