SENIOR DOG FITNESS
Senior dogs need regular exercise too!
The main goal of exercising senior dogs is to keep them moving and functional at life so they can maintain a good quality of life as they age.
As dogs get older, they tend to become less active, gain weight, sleep more and lose mental focus. They start to lose their eyesight, hearing and smell. It becomes harder to move around due to deteriorating muscle mass, arthritis and just normal wear and tear of living. The less they move, the more muscles atrophy, balance diminishes and functional movement continues to decrease. Functional movement refers to movements needed to function in daily life—lay down, get up, walk, go up and down stairs, go up and down ramps etc. In order to keep seniors at the best quality of life we need to keep senior dogs moving and functioning. Exercise benefits senior dogs by keeping muscles toned and flexible while maintaining balance, stability and function. Conditioning the senior dog also helps to mentally exercises the mind of the dog and also enhances the relationship between you and your dog. The main goal of exercising senior dogs is to keep them moving and functional at life so they can maintain a good quality of life as they age.
In this class, I will show you foundation exercises with my younger dogs, but the stars of this class will be my older dogs. Cuba is 14 years old and is the super star of my videos. I will also show you some videos of conditioning videos I did with Moxie at age 14-15 years old.
This class will teach you how to do safe, fun exercises for senior dogs. We will go over exercises with emphasis on proper form and technique. These exercises will help improve body awareness, flexibility, balance, front, hind-end and core strength. It will also increase your bond/relationship with your dog. I will give detailed feedback and suggestions and many times request the exercise to be redone.
Required equipment: Two fitbones and an aerobic bench or something comparable (board, couch cushion). I also use a few balance pads, but you could use couch cushion or other props.
A facebook page will be setup to post my videos, lectures and discussions. Working participants will post their videos. Everyone is welcome to comment and ask questions.
Time Frame: Available anytime. You have a year to post your videos.
Fees- Working Spot: $100. This fee includes analysis and feedback
Auditing Spot: $50 (there is an option for video review of specific lesson for $20 a lesson)
If you are interested, please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org
*Please note that I am not a veterinarian, a certified rehabilitation specialist nor a veterinarian technician. I am a FITPAWS Master Trainer, and a certified canine fitness trainer through the university of TN. I have taken many classes, seminars, workshop on Canine Conditioning as well as reading and watching many books and DVD’s. The exercises taught are geared toward healthy dogs. I do not treat or diagnose problems. Please consult with a vet, physical therapist, chiropractor or rehabilitation expert prior to starting any exercise conditioning program.