If your new to canine conditioning, chances are, you may not have realized yet just how much training is involved! I was recently talking with a friend who had joined my Do More From Home circuit class. When I asked her how she liked the program she took a long pause and said, “Carolyn, I didn’t realize how much dog training is involved in conditioning!" My friend Jess went into the course with the focus on conditioning and she soon learnt that this was not possible without first addressing some of the foundation skills of learning proper foot positioning and how to hold/maintain position.
Now, Jess is a very skilled dog trainer so it didn't take long for her to layer back the exercises, focus on the 'training' side of things and re-visit exercise criteria with the goal of improved form and positioning. This was her ticket to success in finishing up the circuit course with her original goal of conditioning and overload.
This is actually a more common occurrence than you may think! In this week’s blog I take a look at some of the common mistakes students make in their conditioning sessions and how a return to foundation training is the answer to fixing these problems!
Dog obedience is one sport that most pet owners will have a passing familiarity to as many are first introduced to the sport when their dogs are young by attending a local training class for obedience. There is, however, a large community of avid dog trainers who compete in the sport of obedience and a closer examination of the sport can show us just how physically demanding the sport of obedience can be for our dogs!
In this week blog, I breakdown the sport of obedience, explain what it is, the physical demands it places on our dogs, and how conditioning can play a role in the obedience dog’s performance.
When I first started out in canine conditioning, I made a lot of mistakes! I made even more when I started circuit training! I had a bunch of questions – how many reps should I be doing in a session, what’s the best equipment to use, how do I structure the circuit, how do I know when my dog is tired and more!! When first starting out with a new exercise it’s not uncommon to have uncertainty and questions. Making mistakes are to be expected as we learn. Remember that a mistake is only a failure if we refuse to learn from it!
I recently launched a new edition to my popular Do More From Home circuit series so I thought I would take some time this week to review some of the most common circuit mistakes I made when first starting out.