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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 Cavaletti are small jumps originally made of wood and used in horse training.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


Glucosamine Supplements

Many of the people who bring their dogs to us for hydrotherapy and fitness do so because their dogs have some sort of joint issue. As part of a holistic approach to their dog’s health care we’ll typically ask the owner if they are giving their dog any supplements which may help with mobility. One


Quality Food – An Important Component to Your Dog’s Health

Just the other day, a friend of mine who used to work in the veterinary field and knows quite a bit about dog nutrition got into a bit of a Facebook squabble with someone about dog food and food quality. My friend posted that he was cooking for his dog because for years, the dog


Outdoor Exercise Ideas for You and Your Dog

It’s spring, one of the best times in central Florida to be outside. It’s also a great time to take your exercise regimen outdoors. Since the weather has not yet turned hot and humid, why not consider including your dog in your outdoor exercise activities? And if you’re not exercising, this is a perfect time


Stretching Your Dog for Hind End Flexibility

Recently we’ve seen an increase in dogs who are suffering from hind end stiffness. Several of these dogs are swimming with us to keep from losing muscle mass in their rear – which is a good thing – but these dogs can also benefit from regular stretching and passive range of motion exercises. Why stretch your


Exercising Your Young Dog

Have you recently added a puppy to your family? What about your existing four-legged family members – are they younger than two years old? If so, I’m sure you’re keenly aware of how much energy they have and what it may take to tire them out. But because young dogs are still growing, you have


Hydrotherapy for Maintaining Your Dog’s Health and Fitness

It’s now the beginning of 2016 and the Rocky’s Retreat/Barking Dog Fitness house dogs,  Yankee and Beau are 8+ and 10+ years old respectively. Both are at an ideal weight, muscular and physically fit. Both Toby and I have worked hard to make sure our dogs stay this way, and as a new year begins,



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