Warm Up and Cool Down of the Canine Athlete

Warm Up and Cool Down of the Canine Athlete

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Subtitle: An Evidence-Based Approach to Improving Performance and Preventing Injury
Author: Carolyn McIntyre, PT 
Format: Spiral bound, Full color
Length: 39 pages
Release Date: December 2019

Do you want to

  • Reduce your dog's risk of injury?
  • Improve your dog's sport performance, allowing their true potential to shine?
  • Follow canine exercise principles based on science and research, taking out the guesswork?

Of course you do! Think about all the things we buy or do to help our dog be fit and healthy, from massages to therapeutic coats to working with a canine rehab specialist. And, those things are all awesome, but there is a simple, free strategy that many of us fail to implement in our routines with our performance dogs. It's not shiny, it's not trendy, and there aren't competitors flocking to seminars to learn about it. But it works and, in fact, it's vital to include in your performance dog's routine to ensure their longevity in sport and get the most out of the services and products you already use.

Here is it is... ready? Warming up your dog before their training or trialing. Top canine competitors consistently complete a warm-up routine that is sport-specific, uses three planes of motion, and follows research-based guidelines on the ideal number of sets, reps, and intensity. This book is your ultimate guide to understanding the research behind warming up and cooling down your dog and includes extensive descriptions (with photos) of easy to complete warm-up activities with little to no equipment required. Sample warm-up and cool down programs are also provided so that you can get started right away.

Edited by Dr. Matt Brunke of the Veterinary Orthopedic and Sports Medicine Group, this evidence-based book includes:

  • More than 15 sport-specific dynamic warm-up stretches
  •  A review of the research on warm-up and cool down guidelines
  • Two sample warm-up programs that put it all together for you so that you can start tomorrow!

And, the book is sized to fit easily in your training bag so that you can take it with you to training and trials.

So, are you ready to change your game?

To buy the PDF version of this book, click here.

About the Author
Carolyn McIntyre owns a canine rehab practice in Erin, Ontario, Canada (McIntyre Canine Rehabilitation) which specializes in helping canine athletes reach superior physical performance while minimizing or preventing injuries. Carolyn offers both in-person consults as well as online sport-specific conditioning training. She was the canine physio practitioner for the 2019 and 2020 Canadian agility team that competed at the IFCS World Agility Championships. Carolyn has a Master of Science in Physiotherapy and advanced training in Canine Rehabilitation through the Canadian Physiotherapy Association. Carolyn trains and competes in a number of dog sports with her Aussie Quinn and her Shelties Fifty, Shades, and Keeper. 

Chapter 1: The Before and After - The Sandwich Effect

Does Warming Up and Cooling Down Really Matter?
The Missing Link
Sport Specific Considerations
The Research Behind Warming Up

Chapter 2: Warming Up Overview

Why Warm Up?
Benefits of Warming Up
Warm Up Frequently Asked Questions

Chapter 3: Cooling Down Overview

Why Cool Down?
Cool Down Guidelines

Chapter 4: Developing Your Warm Up Routine

Warm Up Routine at a Glance
Therapeutic Jackets, Wraps, and Joint Supports

Types of Dynamic Stretches

Warm Up Exercises

Chapter 5: Putting it All Together


Sample Warm up and Cool Down  Programs
Program 1: Agility Focused
Program 2: Obedience/Rally Focused

Chapter 6: Closing Remarks




Customer Reviews

Average Rating
4/5 with 3 reviews

A unique resource
I was looking for a book that gave specific detail warm up and cool down exercises. This is that book! Very detailed but easy to follow and they are programs that any dog can do without any extra equipment. I recommend this book to anyone in dog sports.
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Compact and information filled, an excellent resource
I find this book to be an excellent, well written, and comprehensive guide for the important tasks of warming up and cooling down the canine athlete. It's takes both knowledge and skill to pack this much useful information in a format that is easy to reference. It's portable, the explanations are clear, and gives both agility and obedience focused plans. I recommend this for all handlers of canine athletes.
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Not worth the money
I was so hoping for an in-depth, good quality product very cheaply put together material is very simplistic. Had to buy the example videos separately for this price they should’ve been included, save your money, and for the same price by the book “The Workout Book for dogs That book also has a section on warm up and cool downs. Along with tons of exercises based on muscle groups. Update: book isn’t the best BUT the CleanRun Staff is! Once they learned of my disappointment, they quickly made it right… they are the best!
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