Have you ever noticed your dog preferring one side over another? It may come as a surprise but just like people dogs also have a left/right preference. A dog's brain is similarly organized like a human brain, meaning that the two hemispheres of the brain also have areas of specialization which can determine "handedness" or "laterality". In dog sport and canine physio we refer to your dog's preference as the lead leg.
So why does knowing if your dog has right or left lead leg matter and how can it affect our dog's performance in sport?
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.
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?