CONDITIONING FOR BARRELS
You can audit and receive the notes and video links, or you can work it and video tape the exercises and send them to me for critique.
Lately there have been discussions about barrel performances and lack of flexibility in the dog’s spine. As a FITPAWS Master Trainer and a Certified Canine Fitness Trainer through the University of Tennessee, I perform many conditioning exercises that are geared for fast efficient barrel performances. Flexibility exercises are a big part of my conditioning program so I thought I would show you a few exercises that I do to increase flexibility in my dog’s spine. There are many more flexibility, strength and balance exercises than can prepare the dog’s body for correct barrel performances so I am offering a conditioning for barrels online class.
Here is a video of my dogs performing nice tight barrels with great collection into the barrel, great flexibility in their spines and tight barrels!
Here is my fitness webpage: http://inthezoneagility.homestead.com/conditioning.html
In order to perform a barrel safely and efficiently, a dog must learn to collect, change leads, bend their bodies and have power to take off again. There are many exercises that can help your dog gain the strength, flexibility and balance needed to execute these tasks with efficiency, speed and power.
In order to condition our dogs for optimal and safe barrel performances, we need to work the body in all 3 planes of motion- Median, Dorsal and Transverse. These are basically forwards and backwards, side to side /bending and twisting of the spine/hip rotation. We also need to work the whole body- front, core and hind limbs with strength, flexibility and balance exercises. In this class, we will go over exercises geared toward conditioning dogs for optimal barrel performances.
We will go over exercises that can strengthen the front, hind-end and core muscles and increase flexibility and balance with emphasis on proper form, technique and reward placement. It will also increase your bond/relationship with your dog.
This will be 4 assignments with 5 exercises for each assignment. I also give progression exercises for each exercise. It takes 10-14 days of same exercise to build muscle. It also takes time to learn the exercises emphasizing good form. You will have 3 months to complete assignments if you are working the class.
Step by step instructions, videos and assignments are given. Multiple videos with different dogs will be shown. I will give detailed feedback and suggestions and many times request the exercise to be redone.
Required equipment: Aerobic Bench or board or equivalent
Recommended- fitpaws fitbone or balance disc. We can substitute coach cushion, big pillow if u don't have any fitness equipment (but I bet you will want to buy equipment after watching videos and doing the exercises ☺ )
A facebook page has been setup to post my videos, lectures and discussions. Working participants will post their videos. Everyone is welcome to comment and ask questions.
If you are not on facebook, I created a webpage for this class that includes my notes, my videos and homework assignments. If you are not on facebook, you will not be able to view workers videos or comments. But at least you can see my stuff :)
Fees- Working Spot: $100.
Auditing Spot: $50
If you are interested in doing the online conditioning for barrels class, please Email me at firstname.lastname@example.org
I am also available for agility and conditioning seminars and private instruction.