If your dog has suffered an injury you’ve probably wondered how soon you can return to normal activity or get back into the show ring. The answer to that question is not always straightforward or easy because each injury and every dog is unique. Returning too soon can risk re-injury or lead to the development of a chronic issue requiring a longer recovery time or preventing your dog from a full recovery. Waiting too long can result in loss of muscle and de-conditioning. If you're worried about the return to sport or concerned about re-injury then it may be time to review your rehabilitation plan.
A recent survey found that 32% of agility dogs suffered from some kind of orthopedic lameness during the course of their training. Of these dogs, 53% of the lameness’s were caused by muscle or tendon injuries and further research has revealed that 32% of hind limb lameness involved the iliopsoas muscle group (Cullen, et al 2013, Carmichael, et al 2015). It’s clear that an injury to the iliopsoas muscle group is a common diagnosis, especially among working and sporting dogs. So what is the iliopsoas and how does it affect our dog’s performance?
Looking for a way to start some early conditioning training that compliments future agility moves? Cavaletti work is an excellent way to strengthen the hind end, increase flexibility, and improve body awareness and coordination! Best of all!! It’s a simple set up and will get your dog into great shape and familiar with grid work!
Let’s break down cavaletti training and how you can incorporate this conditioning work into your training.