Canine Conditioning Equipment: Purchased -vs- Home Made Equipment
In the beginning of my canine conditioning journey, I got excited and bought EVERYTHING I could afford. Because of that, I ended up spending a lot of $$$ on things I didn’t need, and never really used. I thought what made conditioning exercises effective was the equipment. Later I learned the important part was the actual movement.
In the video I detail the different canine conditioning equipment I find invaluable. This video covers the platforms I use and their qualities. It also covers which inflatables I find are the most useful. I also quickly demonstrate how they can be combined to adjust height, and difficulty level.
Stable -vs- Inflatable
Form drives function. Without proper form/teaching the dog correct movement strategy, the addition of advanced canine conditioning equipment is not going to have the intended effect.
Stable equipment / platforms are used to communicate to the dog where the feet should be placed. It also aids in increasing load in the front/rear end by changing elevation. Lastly, it helps to ensure proper alignment/muscle recruitment is being maintained throughout the exercise.
Using generalized equipment, with specialized movement training, we first train/retrain biomechanics. This corrects faulty movement patterns and improves functionality. Later we an add specialized inflatables to the equation to increase instability,
At the very Foundation level, and the very highest Expert level stable surfaces are used almost exclusively. This is why I use a lot of stable equipment in my programming. Also, I’m pretty thrifty… so like to keep things simple when possible.
EDIT: Several members asked I list the brands I prefer… I prefer Gator Grip Traction tape. I found it to be grippy, but not excessively rough on the dogs feet… Which can be nice for more sensitive dogs. For the rubber feed bowls, Fortex is my preferred brand, they seem to be constructed of a much thicker lateral than other brands. The DoubleTough brand bowls are also good, especially in the smaller sizes.
EDIT: Since writing this post, I’ve moved away from using the FitBone in favor of the Propel Air Platform by Blue-9. I find it MUCH safer and much more useful. Check out my Propel Air Product Review for more info about why!