Physical conditioning for dogs is suitable for all levels of fitness and ability. Dogs are encouraged with treats to achieve Pilates style exercises which build strength balanced with flexibility, by targeting the deep postural muscles.Sessions are for dogs ranging from those suffering from arthritis, hip dysplasia and other conditions, keeping fit and losing weight, to agility, flyball and cani cross dogs wanting to improve performance by building up strength, flexibility and endurance.
In these classes we work on the dog’s coordination, core strength [back and abdominal muscles], muscular development and stamina.
One to one fitness and rehabilitation sessions focus on a dog’s individual needs and tailor an exercise programme specific to the dog concerned. Particularly suited to dogs recovering from injury or post surgery, who benefit from this rehabilitation therapy that stimulates nerve pathways and re educates their joints and muscles to what they are capable of doing and what is the correct way for them to move. This will also reduce the risk of long term compensation problems.
In a 1-2-1 session, following an initial assessment and working through a set of exercises we will recommend a selection of exercises for the dog to do at home. After six weeks we advise a follow up session to assess progress and to adapt or give new exercises, as it is important to increase the level of exercise difficulty if improvement is to continue.