Sports Medicine

Conditioning and Retraining the Canine Athlete

M. Christine Zink, DVM, PhD, DACVP, DACVSMR Canine Sports Productions Ellicott City, MD

PROCEEDINGS: NAVC Conference 2012 Small Animal

Properly conditioned working dogs perform better and are less likely to suffer injuries. When injury does occur, they are less severe and recovery is faster. In addition, fit working dogs suffer less stress and this translates to greater stamina and longevity as working dogs. This creates a win–win situation for both dog and handler. EVALUATE FITNESS A good way to evaluate a dog‘s fitness is to feel the size and tone of the core (paraspinal and abdominal) and rear limb muscles. The...