If you have you ever said 'if my dog had a
different handler he would be amazing' or 'I wish I could keep up with my dog.' then you'll
want to find out more about a new physical regime called AgilityFIT which could improve your
performance and extend your agility life. Personal Trainer Mike Wood has sent us this article. Read this article.
It makes sense.
In January everyone sits back. We take stock of our
expanding waistline and regret that extra helping of double cream. We
make resolutions are made, hastily apply for gym memberships and trawl
trawled the Internet for advice on dieting and exercise. But a month
later... it's all gone out the window. That's why Personal Trainer Mike
Wood and Eleanor Balchin
Agility in Surrey have developed AgilityFIT, an exercise regime based on martial arts specifically for those who compete in dog agility.
Mike tells you how to use AgilityFit for a fitter February.
Fit for Fun
Agility dogs are the athletes of the canine world and, as such,
they are subjected to far more stresses and strains than the average pet dog.
In order to perform to their optimum
ability, they need a good diet, a general fitness programme based on
cross-training principles, sport-specific conditioning and training as well as
adequate time for rest and recuperation. ACPAT Chartered Physiotherapist Sally Medcalf,
herself an agility competitor, strongly believes that prevention is always
better than a cure...
Making plans for your winter training? Usually we talk about warming up
the dogs but perhaps there should be more emphasis on warming up the
handlers, too. Ruth MacGill, fitness coach for Agility Team GB, thinks
it would be a worthwhile investment in your time and effort. She
has written an interesting and informative article on physical
fitness, not just for top competitors but also for handlers at all
Your Dog is a Canine Athlete
her background of human as well as both Canine and Equine sports and remedial massage, Julia
Robertson thinks that agility is an area a lot where more can be done to improve your dog's
current and future health. She believes that the more people start to talk about an essential
part of competing, i.e. appropriate massage, ‘warming up’ and ‘warming down’, the more the
interest will develop, the more the practice will become common place, with subsequent improved
performance and health for our dogs!