Below is a combination exercise that on the "surface" may seem relatively easy but I believe that we must look at it from the dogs perspective and train each "movement" individually before asking our dogs to complete complicated exercises.
This is an equipment combination that I used in my Fitness with Focus class BUT these particular advanced exercises were not shown. I decided to put in a blog post because I believe it demonstrates how complicated exercise can be "for our dogs". We need to advocate for our dogs and stop tossing them under the buss! Train each movement, each piece of equipment and each exercise individually so that our dogs truly understands what is being asked. Our dogs do a GREAT job of "guessing" what we want. Or they "follow a lure" to the next piece of equipment or to the next movement. When they guess or follow a lure they are not activating the right muscles to stabilize on balance equipment because their body is moving by their nose or off the handlers movement.
Once your dog starts to truly understand what you are asking, you will see a major shift in their fitness. Your dog will become stronger, move better, stabilize their movements in all direction AND the chance of injury will be reduced.
Basic foundation skills:
There is a lot that goes into the training of each exercise and each piece of equipment you use. If you are unsure of how to train a combination exercise or what the foundation skills are - ask. I am always happy to tell you.
Please enjoy the video. Ask questions if you like, pass it on to others and think about what you are asking of your dog.
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