Injury at any time during an athletic career, even for show dogs, is detrimental for both handlers and animals. Participants will learn about common injuries in athletic adult dogs and fitness program components to help minimize or avoid risk of injury for sport.
Injury at any time during an athletic career, even for show dogs, is detrimental for both handlers and animals.
Despite best breeding selection practices, some dog breeds tend to have higher risk of injury more than others due to conformation or developmental conditions. While show dogs may not inherently be at risk in the ring for career ending injury, many are dual athletes or have conformational structure which may increase injury risk factors. Handlers will learn about biomechanical factors contributing to injuries in dogs, common injuries of the forelimbs, hindlimbs, and spinal column and an introduction to fitness program components for healthy adult dogs.