Features December 2017 Issue

Fitness for Aging Dogs

These simple exercises help all dogs, but especially senior dogs like 10-year-old Otto, maintain (or restore)core strength, balance, and proprioception plus, they are fun!

Fitness for Aging Dogs

How to lead your dog through exercises that will help her stay sound and active through her senior years.

Many clients bring their aging dogs to me for private sessions because they have started having difficulty or reluctance with or can no longer perform normal life activities like climbing stairs, getting into the car, or walking on smooth flooring. These problems are often related to muscle atrophy in the hind end. Once the dogs get the all-clear from their veterinarian, we work on fitness exercises designed to rebuild hind-end strength; we increase the difficulty of the exercises slowly over time until more function returns.

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