The Workout Book for Dogs - A Complete Guide to Fitness Training

The Workout Book for Dogs - A Complete Guide to Fitness Training


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Authors: Carmen Hertier and Sandra Rutz
Format: Spiral
Length: 204 pages
Release Date: 2022

At long last, we have a book that takes the mystery out of fitness training!

We all care about our dogs' physical well-being, but how do we develop and maximize their potential? How do we help a dog to recover from an injury? And how do we make the best use of fitness equipment?

Authors Carmen Hertier and Sandra Rutz have devised practical, easy-to-follow exercises that are designed to address the key components of fitness:

  • Strength
  • Relaxation
  • Flexibility
  • Coordination
  • Tactile awareness

The exercises are categorized to target specific parts of the body and graded so they are suitable for dogs new to fitness training, those ready for more advanced work, and the "professionals" needing a bigger challenge. There are also exercises for dogs with distinct needs, such as puppies and seniors, dogs recovering from injury, and those with ongoing health issues. The training is outlined step by step and is based on 100% positive reinforcement.

The Workout Book For Dogs is a comprehensive guide for all those who want to enhance their knowledge and understanding of canine fitness. If you are a professional working in the field, it will expand your repertoire. If you are the handler of a sports dog, the book will help you to keep him performing at his peak. If you own a companion dog, you can take pride in keeping him fit and healthy so he leads a long life.

The Workout Book For Dogs is packed with ideas to make training fun and varied, which means your dog will enjoy it, too!

Illustrated with over 200 color photographs.

About the Authors

Carmen Heritier qualified at the University of Tennessee as a canine fitness trainer, specialising in clicker training. She now works as a fitness trainer and also teaches dog trainers, physiotherapists, and vets. In addition, Carmen is an independent researcher in dog sciences for German and Swiss universities. Her first book, Gymnastricks, has received international acclaim.

Sandra Rutz worked as a veterinary assistant for 20 years before qualifying as a small animal physiotherapist in 2010. She specialized in working with dogs for two years before opening her own clinic. Now qualified as an osteopath, Sandra has focused on devising therapies for sport dogs. She works closely with handlers on training techniques, and is a much sought-after speaker on canine fitness.

Section 1: Theoretical Principles

Section 2: Exercises for the Neck and Shoulder Muscles

Section 3: Exercises for the Fore Limbs

Section 4: Exercises for the Front Thigh Muscles

Section 5: Exercises for the Outer Thigh and Hip Extensor

Section 6: Exercises to Relax the Back Muscles

Section 7: Exercises to Activate the Back Muscles

Section 8: Exercises to Strengthen the Pelvic Floor 

Section 9: Exercises to Train Body Awareness and Co-ordination of the Hind Limbs

Section 10: Exercises for Specific Needs

Section 11: In the Gym - Combination exercises and caveletti training

Customer Reviews

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A reference guide for a lifetime
This book beats all the others ! As an educator I can tell you this is more than just a little study book. This is a thorough textbook, a book that you will be referring back to the life of your pet. Definitely worth the price. I bought two, one to study and highlight in with chapter tabs and one to keep in good shape one the shelf. Also has a nice “warm up and cool down “ section . This is everything you need.
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