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July 5th, 2023
Anatomy, Exercise Suggestions, Muscle Imbalance
Image showing Cow Hock deviation or external hip rotation.

Correcting Cow Hock Alignment: Exercises to Improve Posture and Muscle Balance

Learn how to correct Cow Hock alignment in dogs through targeted exercises that improve posture and muscle balance. Addressing this common postural deviation is crucial for joint stability, load distribution, muscle function, and reducing the risk of injuries.

June 14th, 2023
Exercise Suggestions
Several photos of dogs participating in sport activities, and analogous exercises that follow the SAID Principle.

The SAID Principle: Optimizing Canine Fitness

The SAID Principle, also known as the Principle of Specificity, stands for Specific Adaptation to Imposed Demands. We can leverage this principle to build safer, more effective workouts for our pups! Learn more here!

February 16th, 2023
Equipment Discussion

Canine Fitness Equipment: Cheat Sheet

Want to know which canine fitness equipment is worth the investment and which options are a waste? Learn from my mistakes! Links to everything discussed, and where to purchase included!

January 25th, 2023
Anatomy, Exercise Suggestions, Muscle Imbalance
Image showing the 3 types of East West deviation in dogs.

What is East West in dogs? And does my dog have that?

In dogs, East West is an umbrella term that refers to any external rotation of the thoracic limb that results in the toes facing outward. Given that there are several distinct postural deviations that cause the toes to face outward, I wanted to cover each.

October 30th, 2022
Anatomy, Exercise Suggestions, Muscle Imbalance
Image showing high in the rear posture

Is my dog high in the rear? And can conditioning help?

If your dog is 'high in the rear', the shoulder, thoracic spine and stifle could be at risk! Find out which types of exercises can help!

May 10th, 2022
Equipment Discussion
Attaching grip tape to a sitting platform

Platforms in Canine Fitness: Part 3 - Building

Part 3 of this series is a step-by-step process detailing HOW to build your own platforms! This formula requires no tools, no special skills, and is simple and inexpensive.

December 18th, 2021
Equipment Discussion
Photo showing 3 platforms used for canine fitness. One too narrow. One too wide. One just right.

Platforms in Canine Fitness: Part 2 - Measuring

Part 2 of a 3 part series covering how to measure your pup for the various platforms used in canine fitness. Make sure you get the proportions right for your pup!

December 3rd, 2021
Anatomy, Muscle Imbalance
Canine Anatomical Planes

Canine Anatomy: Glossary of terms

Canine anatomy terms as related to canine conditioning and easy tips and tricks and graphics to help you remember!

December 1st, 2021
Equipment Discussion
Various Platforms used in Canine Fitness

Platforms in Canine Fitness: Part 1

Part 1 of a 3 part series on using platforms in Canine Fitness. I breakdown of the difference between the 4 main platform types, and what each is good for.

July 15th, 2021
Exercise Suggestions, Training Mechanics
Three images showing a reset cookie, stopper cookie, and reward in position.

Training Loop in Canine Conditioning

Implementing a training loop breeds consistency, and avoids frustration.