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Pilates for Pooches by Sarah Johnson MA and Andrew Sams DVM
February 3, 2008, 5:44 pm
Filed under: :Conditioning, :Films

Pilates for Pooches will teach your dog to move from its core while actively stretching and strengthening its muscles by using various boxes and wobble devices.

 

Sarah Johnson, M.A., Exercise Physiologist, was one of the first to bring human Pilates to Northern California in the early 1990s. Using similar concepts, she has now designed and implemented a simple, progressive home exercise program for healthy dogs. You and your dog will enjoy this fun and innovative core strengthening and conditioning program.

 

This DVD presents:

  • Lecture, outline, and demonstration videos to guide you through this revolutionary program step by step.

  • Bonus Section: Getting Started with a Puppy.

  • Three printable documents (PDF files) summarizing information from the video:

     

    • Conditioning guidelines

    • Exercise outlines

    • A log for monitoring your dog’s progress.


Whether your dog is an athletic performance dog or a family pet, the common sense Fit Dogs program will help meet your fitness goals for your dog. The dogs have so much fun while improving their balance, body awareness, flexibility and muscle strength that they don’t want to stop. Many dogs, including Sarah’s 12-year old agility champion, have shown that the Fit Dogs program really works!

 

Equipment necessary for the exercises

The equipment necessary to start the exercises are easily available at home. Any box filled with magazines or newspapers can be used, or anything else like a full laundry detergent box, for example. The boxes should be cover with non-slip material.
Only one box is needed to start the program; then you may progress to use several different in high boxes.
After a couple of weeks (or longer depending how long it takes you to go through all the boxes exercises) you may progress to use wobbles. A wood wobble board can be easily build at home, with a ball underneath for movement (a tennis ball for example) Or you also have the option to buy inflatable discs that are readily available through stores that sell human pilates equipment.

To purchase this video:   http://www.agilityinmotion.com/pilates.html

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