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Barking Dog Fitness Blog

Trimming Your Dog’s Nails

  Have you looked at your dog’s nails recently? How long are they? Recently, we’ve noticed a larger number of dogs whose nails are much too long, to the point where it’s actually interfering with their gait. Long nails not only look bad, but they can also cause a myriad of problems. Some of these

Fitness Walking with Your Dog

I just read a great article by integrative veterinarian Dr. Karen Becker about power walking and how good of an exercise it is for both you and your dog. I don’t know about you, but because the weather so nice right now in Central Florida, I just want to be outside! As such, I thought

Teach Your Dog to Fetch

You know you need to exercise your dog but often don’t have enough time. A walk just doesn’t seem to do enough to burn his excess energy. What can you do? A game of fetch may be the perfect answer! It’s easy to fit into your busy schedule, and it requires nothing more than a

Exercise and Memory

With a new year, many of us are making resolutions that involve more exercise to help us get into better physical shape, lose weight, lower our risk of disease and more. But what we may not think of is the positive effect exercise has on our brains. Scientists already know from lab experiments that rats

Warm Up Exercises for Your Dog

Now that winter is almost here, and it will soon be colder outside, it’s important to think of warming up your dog’s muscles prior to any exercise, like going for a jog. Warming up prior to exercise is important all year long but is especially important during colder months. Even if all you do is

ACL Tears in Dogs – Can You Prevent Them?

In the years that we’ve been working with dogs, doing hydrotherapy and conditioning for many orthopedic issues, we’ve seen more CCL (also known as ACL) tears than we can count. In fact veterinarians report that it is one of the most commonly seen orthopedic issues. What is the CCL? Ligaments are bands of connective or

Balance Exercises for Your Dog

I was talking to a new boarding client the other day who was asking for some suggestions for his young Aussiedoodle who has hip dysplasia. At less than a year old, the dog had FHO surgery on one hip. He is now almost 2 years old and his dad would like to know what he

Getting Started with Cavaletti Exercises for Your Dog

What are caveletti? Cavaletti are small jumps originally made of wood and used in horse training. They are rails of a specific length that are set off the ground often at preset heights and spaced at specific intervals. Originally developed by equestrian and Italian cavalry officer Captain Federico Caprilli (who passed away in 1907) they

Understanding and Monitoring Your Dog’s Gait

What is gait? Gait is defined as the repetitive movement pattern of the dog’s limbs during locomotion. It is made up of a series of repeated strides. It describes the quality of a dog’s movement. Gait patterns differ between the breeds, and vary over time. Reasons for differences in gait include breed, conformation, training, experience,

Summer Exercise Ideas for Your Dog

It’s officially been summer for a few weeks now but it’s been unusually hot for longer than that. If you’re like me, you want to continue to keep you dog exercised and in shape during these hot summer months, but doing so outside is often out of the question. So what can you do to