Keep Fit

Keep Fit & Active Classes

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Keep Fit & Active Classes

Keep Fit Classes help to maintain your dog’s physical condition and are mentally stimulating. They are low impact, suitable for all dogs including veterans, and dogs with compromised movement / mobility.

Each class includes a course of exercises to encourage extended coordination, supporting stability, flexibility and balance. 

Click here to see physical conditioning examples.​ This is followed by activities such as ….

SENSORY/SCENT WORK GARDEN

Walking bare foot on grass what goes through your mind? Hot, cold, dry, wet, prickly, slippery, uneven? As you walk you become used to the temperature and texture and it goes to the back of your mind, you then step on to a different surface and immediately the differences register with you.

It is the same for your dog, who is immediately aware of any change in the environment and adapts it’s actions accordingly. Changes are both informative and stimulating and having to process all this information is mentally tiring. Many rescue centres and re-homing shelters are now creating sensory gardens to help de-stress dogs, as by encouraging them to interact with their surroundings, dogs relax.

Our enclosed sensory garden has many differing surfaces, including sand, slate, grass, wood, grit, gravel and pebbles. There are different levels, plus a living willow tunnel and small maze to negotiate. The numerous smells, textures and sounds engage all the senses, encouraging dogs to use their natural canine skills to explore the area.

Ideal for puppies as part of their environmental socialisation and for dogs with reduced mobility including the elderly, as the physical and mental challenges provide stimulation and enhance spatial awareness, balance and coordination

All dogs however, will benefit from their sessions of scent work in the garden, as actively sniffing daily results in good mental health, stimulation and calm behaviour.

TREIBALL

PENALTY SHOOT OUT, a spin off from TREIBALL [ball herding] a popular dog sport in Germany & the USA and now growing in popularity in the UK. The dog is sent out to collect a ball which it pushes towards handler / goal in order to score.

Pictures below show Pebbles, who has limited vision and hearing, scoring a goal

SCENTWORK

MOST DOGS JUST LOVE TO USE THEIR NOSE! These activities give your dog a chance to do that. Ideal for dogs whose exercise is restricted, for whatever reason. Activities will vary, according to the dogs, but may include, searching for articles, scent hurdling and tracking.

Photos: Mabel, Floss and Honey

HOOPERS FOR FUN

A new game from the U.S. based on agility but instead of going over jumps, dogs go through hoops plus short tunnels and around objects such as cones, as directed by their handler. The emphasis is on smooth flowing lines and interaction between dog and handler.

This is ideal for dogs that are too young or too old for agility or unable to do high impact activity.

AGILITY for FUN

Low jumps and contact equipment (no sew-saw or weaves).

Photos: Mabel Dill Bella