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Old 04-17-2012, 11:39 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Default do you do any stretch exercises before training?

For your dog as well as you?

Do you have regular scheduled Chiro, Massage therapy or TTouch visits for your dog if you do higher impact sports?

I think having my dog go thru some limbering /noodle type exercises before we train is good(especially if he's been crated/transported for awhile) I do it before tracking too.
When it is cold out, I know I'm stiffened up after traveling, I bet my dog is as well.

I've not done the Chiro but have always had a good holistic chiropractic vet # in my toolbox just in case we may need it. Where I train this vet comes once a month for standing appointments. I wonder if my dog would benefit from it or if it is just another $$ of training Certainly not cheap, but I bet my dog would feel better after a session!
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Old 04-17-2012, 11:47 PM   #2 (permalink)
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I do little tricks to limber them up, like spinning or running tight circles around me. In flyball we warm up by putting pieces together (run backs,box turns and box drills without the full sequence). If my dog does several runs and is worked extra hard, I don't put him directly into the crate. Nikon tends to walk around with me chewing his ball for a few minutes and we do a few easy things on the agility equipment, and Pan I intentionally walk around the parking lot to cool off/wind down. We may have a chiro come to flyball, not sure if I'll use him/her. Because of Nikon's skeletal anomalies he should not be adjusted by just any person, they'd need to understand his condition before I'd let them touch him. I let Nikon get a dog massage at the last tournament but I don't think he really cared either way.
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Old 04-18-2012, 11:19 AM   #3 (permalink)
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I don't do anything with Errow, but I do with Caja. Her age and horrible hips in addition to the FCE she had, she stiffens up quite a bit if she is in a crate. I took a class with her on senior conditioning and loved it. We learned quite a bit on stretching and warm ups. I have her do circles to keep her back flexible and also do a lot of slow jogs in the parking lot. I also have her stretch her back on a chair and also slowly walk backwards. There are quite a few neat things that can be done on one of those big exercise balls, we haven't worked on that at all recently. I think it really helped when we did though. Errow could probably use a chiro but haven't looked into it yet.
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Old 04-18-2012, 11:35 AM   #4 (permalink)
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Absolutely! I stretch Mikko and give him a short massage before agility training, as well as before each run in a trial. We also do the warmup jump a few times and take a short walk. At home, I've been trying to keep up with a strength conditioning regimen, including using an exercise peanut and performing various exercises.
I get a VOM treatment for Mikko every so often, more frequently if he has back spasms. I also massage him myself after trials (wasn't really interested in lying still for a masseuse at the trial) and he's had regular chiro adjustments as needed.
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