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Helping Lucy’s Pain

Treadmill Workouts are Great for Laggers & Leash Pullers  Consider Treadmill Work during Early Rehabilitation Lucy recently came in with back pain. This darling little dog loves to sniff the ground during outside walks; she often lags behind her owner and needs some encouragement with the leash attached to her harness. Lucy’s history included a […]

Canine Fitness Workout for Blind Dogs

  Blind dogs can exercise safely with the DogTread Treadmill Zeus is 12 years old and loves his weekend hikes On a recent hike with Zeus in the high mountains of Colorado, it became apparent that he has lost even more depth perception. At home, he must have everything memorized – and I’m definitely not […]

Jazz – Achilles Rehab – Part III

How to Strengthen the Hind End of a Dog? Labradors – one of the Breeds that Never Quit Remember Jazz? She injured her Achilles tendon awhile back, underwent canine physical therapy for the acute injury. She also has bilateral stifle (knee) arthritis. She’s now ‘enrolled’ in a canine exercise program to strengthen her back, core […]

Jazz – Achilles Rehab – Part II

Jazz Learns a New Language & Dynamic Movement Jazz is learning a new language Jazz injured her Achilles tendon awhile back, underwent canine physical therapy for the acute injury and is now progressing to exercises to strengthen her back, core and hind legs. As mentioned in last week’s blog, she also has lived with bilateral […]

Achilles Tendinosos Rehab with Dog Treadmill

DogTread Treadmill work rounds out Jazz’s Canine Rehabilitation Plan Jazz recently injured her Achilles Tendon Jazz is a “full-speed ahead” 7 ½ year old lab. She is an amazing pheasant retriever and loves to hike, run, swim and play ‘chuck-it’. When she was about a year old she tore her Cranial Cruciate ligaments in both […]

K9 Cross Training

In the human world the term “cross-training” is used quite often to suggest that doing different types of strength, balance and coordination training helps to improve performance.  The canine world works much the same way. Canine conditioning or cross-training exercises are a great way to keep your dog in shape, encourage weight loss, maintain current […]

Canine Functional Fitness Progressions with DogTread Treadmill

Exercise Progressions are the Key to Achieving Fitness  What’s the Key to Improving your Dog’s Fitness? Canine Fitness can only improve if your dog exercises! Exercise programs should become more challenging over time. This is known as exercise progression – a progressive overloading of the body’s neuromuscular, skeletal and mental systems over time in order […]

Mr. Mitchell Tones Up with DogTread

Old Dogs can Regain Strength and Muscle Tone with Exercise  Mr. Mitchell has Hip Dysplasia Mr. Mitchell is almost 10 years old. Where does the time go? It was only yesterday that he traveled with me when we bicycled across America from Washington to Maine. He was so fit and muscled, even with Hip Dysplasia […]

Gaiting Assessment – Brisco: IVDD

Gaiting Assessment prior to conservative therapy (epidural injection) for InterVertebral Disc Disease (IVDD)  Brisco was diagnosed in 2013 Brisco, a 12 year old performance dog, had an MRI in 2013 showing mild compression of the L7 nerve root and mild degenerative changes of the lumbosacral junction in 2103. He had an epidural (periradicular) injection of […]

Mercy’s DogTread Gaiting Update

———————Mercy Works out at Canine Rehab-Canine Fitness in Golden, CO———- Mercy is the Wonder Dog we met a few months ago. Turn for the worse or Temporary setback? Mercy gaited on the DogTread Gait4Dog gaiting system again a few weeks ago. After a few minutes warm-up we started collecting data.     We were expecting […]

Riley’s Gaiting Update

We met Riley awhile back. He’s been building his core with conditioning exercises. Senior Dogs can develop stronger core strength! Remember Riley? We met him after I examined and gaited him last November. Riley has back issues with some neurologic deficits such as stumbling, scuffing his hind feet and back pain. During the winter he […]

Hunter’s First Gaiting

Dogs Weight Pull? Serious Conditioning, Self-Confidence & Injury Prevention Programs are Keys to Successful Competition. Introducing Hunter, a big Weight Pulling Husky x Malamute mix: Last night we gaited Hunter on the DogTread treadmill, using the Gait4Dog computerized gaiting system. Shannon brought him to me for a routine gaiting and a comprehensive, preventative sports medicine […]

The CANINE GYM is OPEN!

It’s Official. Canine Rehab ~ Canine Fitness is Unleashed! Set a Deadline: The floor, internet access, signage and projector system were major purchases and took time to coordinate. I asked each contractor if they could be finished by February 18th.  And each came through, just as promised.  Signage: I ordered the cabinet sign, a banner, […]

Combine Obedience and Exercise for a Stronger Bond

Challenges such as weight control and increasing exercise are not exclusive to humans – our four-legged friends need help with them too! No problem.  Should I cut back on his food, or start taking him out for more daily walks?  Or both? Both are great ideas, but before beginning any new exercise or weight management […]

Dreaming of Opening a Canine Gym? Part IV

What Equipment is in Your Canine Gym Canine Treadmills Inside? What’s on the equipment list for your Canine Fitness Facility?  Answering Your Questions about Equipment: I enjoy talking with so many of you who are thinking about your new Canine Gym – or who are already in the planning phases. Thanks for contacting me. It’s […]

Dreaming of Opening a Canine Gym? Part II

Gait4Dog Dog Treadmill DogTread Gait4Dog Computerized Canine Lameness Detection comes to Colorado Dr. Kerry Signs a Lease! Sometimes you end up where you never imagined. Would you Start Small or Create the Canine Gym of your Dreams? At first I thought I could get going with a 500 square foot space. I found a garage […]

Dreaming of Opening a Canine Gym?

  Dr. Kerry looks at lease spaces Being a mobile veterinarian offers many benefits. Minimal overhead. Flexible hours. The joys of seeing dogs in their loving homes. But…          _______________ DogTread & FitPAWS Equipment Drive my Desire I thought I had owned my last fixed facility rehabilitation center. The move to Colorado […]

First Dog! – First Treadmill Lameness Detection

Aly’s First Dog Do you remember your first dog? I’d like to introduce you to my new friends, Aly and Clementine. Aly is an Audio Digitization Archivist at the Colorado State Archives.  Aly adopted Clementine (her first dog!) two days after moving to Colorado. Sweet Clementine had been a drop off at a shelter – […]

Workout of the Week – the 4 D’s with Zeus: Diabetes. DogTread. Donut. Done

Zeus “DogTread”s for Diabetes Zeus sleeps at Leadville 100 mtb November is Canine Diabetes Month. This past August, Zeus (our 11 year old Boston Terrier) was with me up at the Leadville 100 Mountain Bike race. He was happy to hang out with me while we watched the cyclists “Race across the Sky”. He hiked […]

Canine Fitness: Senior Dog Workout of the Week Let’s Walk ‘n Roll

November is Senior Dog Month. Here’s to Senior Dog Health & Fitness! Jake’s going to take us through his Workout of the Week with the DogTread Treadmill and FitPAWS Peanut workout. What’s your Senior Dog up to today? Senior Dogs: keep them Bounding through Life Many of us live with dogs of a certain age. Our […]

5 A Week: Essential Exercises for Every Dog

As a former college basketball player of course I enjoy watching the games. I imagine – what if these basketball players never spent time in the weight room increasing strength? What if those same athletes avoided cardio exercise? Well, none of them would be competing at this level. Many owners and handlers, just like human […]

Ball Dynamics International® Acquires the PetZen® Products CanineGym® Product Line

Longmont, CO: Ball Dynamics International, owner of the FitPAWS and FitBALL brands, has acquired the CanineGym product line from PetZen Products. The CanineGym product line includes K9FITvest®, K9FITbone™, K9FITbed™, among other products. The addition of the CanineGym product line to the FitPAWS family will allow Ball Dynamics International to provide its customers with even more […]

K9FITbone Review by Pawsitive Performance

Revised (New Class Enrolls 9/9/2014) The new K9FITbone is a very versatile piece of balance equipment.  The lateral movement the K9FITbone offers encourages your dog to engage their abdominal muscles, the muscles along the spine (core and trunk muscles) as well as the supporting muscles around the hips and shoulders used for stability while supporting […]

Keep Your Dog Cool and Calm this 4th of July

K9FITvest for Anxiety and Cooling The 4th of July is no holiday for dogs! The sound of fireworks causes many dogs to panic and run, resulting in many lost dogs every year. Calming Assurance – Without Restriction. The K9FITvest design integrates trigger point compression aimed at encouraging better form and focus – without restricting movement. […]

Ultimate Dog Work Out

What is the ultimate dog work out?  With so many variations in breeds, activity, health level, and age there can be many options. The following work out is ultimate because… ultimately it works on basic fundamental movement patterns that all dogs need. From early puppy development through the senior years – no matter the activity level […]

Canine Fitness Coach: How to Develop a Quality Dog Exercise Program

Good exercise programs (whether they are for dogs or people) should be designed to address the specific needs and goals of that animal or individual. The best canine fitness programs come from understanding how to establish parameters for frequency, speed, intensity, duration, environment, nutrition. Skilled Canine Fitness Coaches or Trainers will also understand canine anatomy, […]

Strength Exercise for The Aging Canine

Golden Dog Strength One way to assist senior dogs is through muscle strengthening programs. By strengthening the muscles it can help alleviate weight on sore joints. There is substantial credible evidence that supports the use of resistance training to maintain muscle mass. For some seniors body weight and gravity is plenty resistance. For others uneven […]

Cardio Exercise for the Aging Canine

Golden Dog Cardio Low impact activities that increase your dog’s heart rate will not only improve endurance, but will also help in shedding pounds by increasing the metabolism to help burning calories and increase muscle tone. If your dog is not physically able to run consider alternate activities like walking, fetch, swimming, or a dog-specific […]

Brain Games for the Aging Canine

Golden Dog Brain Games Obedience and problem solving exercises that engage your dog’s mind help with cognitive functioning and are rarely addressed with senior dogs. Combining physical activity and brain games enable your dog to use two different parts of the brain that provide mental stimulation and decrease boredom.   Even dogs that are losing […]

K9 OBSTACLES – STAIR OR HILL REPEATS

Stair Repeats are an extremely effective strengthening exercise. The slower you move the more effective this exercise is at targeting all the major muscles of the legs, shoulders, hip and back. Speed stairs will help endurance. TOOLS: Collar or Harness, Leash, Stairs or Hill, K9FITvest (try with and without to note form)   DURATION: Depends […]

Flexibility: Stretching Safely with Your Dog

As a canine rehab professional, I get a lot of questions about stretching dogs. Most people understand how important it is, but often don’t feel comfortable doing it because they feel they will hurt their dog, or don’t understand some basic principles. To help people incorporate more flexibility exercises at home we developed a full […]

Get out and get fit with your dog. Can’t run – then maybe biking or using a Scooter is right for you

K9FITvest Cardio Exercise – Bike or Scooter TOOLS: Collar or Harness, Leash, K9FITvest (try with and without to note form), Bike or Scooter DURATION: Repeat 3-5 times per week. Start with 5-10 minutes for an unconditioned dog. Strive for 20 continuous minutes at a Trot Gait. INTENSITY: Use K9FITvest. Watch for easy clean form. Combine […]

CHANGING THE GAME FOR CANINE FITNESS PETZEN® PRODUCTS AND BALL DYNAMICS INTERNATIONAL® TO FORM JOINT VENTURE

Top canine fitness leaders combine to provide the largest offering of fitness, sport and rehabilitation products for dogs.  OGDEN, UT – July 15. 2013 – Today, the nation’s two leading dog fitness product companies, PetZen Products and Ball Dynamics International, announce their plans to form a joint venture for the purpose of developing a comprehensive […]

K9FITvest is FUNctional Canine Fitness Apparel

The DogTread® 4-in-1 K9FITvest™ is fun wearable fitness apparel that provides dogs not only a calorie-burning boost, but also therapeutic, sensory integration and safety benefits. OGDEN, Utah (April 11, 2013) – DogTread has announced that its newest ground-breaking fitness product, the gravity enhanced and patent-pending K9FITvest, will be available nationwide starting June 2013 both online […]

5 Reasons to Add Canine Resistance Training to Your Dogs Indoor or Outdoor Exercise Program

A well-rounded canine exercise program should include resistance training. Find out how to add resistance safely and effectively to benefit your dog’s health. Did you know that canine resistance or strength training is the one type of exercise that not only improves your dog’s cardiovascular and structural strength, but it can also improve balance, increase […]

Why I Use DogTread Dog Treadmills

Published on October 26, 2012 A Professional Dog Trainer’s Interview on Dog Treadmill Equipment and Canine Exercise… Q. When Did You Start Using Dog Treadmills in your Practice? A. I have incorporated exercise into all of my training programs since 2001 when I started developing urban training programs for dogs. I started using treadmills in […]

Dogs to have their day at Westminster Dog Show

It takes more than a perfect pedigree to stand out at the Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show. A champion also needs impeccable grooming, athleticism and, experts say, attitude. The Daily went backstage as some of the top dogs — and their human handlers — got ready to strut their stuff in pursuit of the ultimate […]

A Healthy and Happy Dog: 5 Things you can do

There are parallels between dogs and people when it comes to helping us be healthy and happy.  It is just another reason for people to start a healthy diet and exercise program today!  It could mean more years spent with our beloved dogs! 5 Things You Can Do For the Health and Longevity of Your […]

Dog Halloween Safety, Pumpkins, Treats and a Big Running Toy

Dr. Marty Becker, “America’s Veterinarian,” shares his tips to bring safety and comfort to pets this holiday season. One of his best suggestions as far as getting exercise for your dog during the holidays and winter months is by using a dog treadmill to burn of the extra energy.

Is The On Button Good For Your Dog?

Human and dog behavior in the creation of urban living tends to mirror each other. Acting out, sickness and health may appear entirely different in the species but the bottom line is balance is one where outlets for mind and body have to be provided for.

How Long Does Dog Treadmill Training Take to Work

Dog treadmill training is ideally used for a variety of reasons. Dogs each have their individual behaviors that need to be nurtured or refocused from too much energy causing destruction on your home and belongings to aggression and separation anxiety.

Treadmill Training | Homeopathy for Dogs

In homeopathy health is defined as not just the absence of symptoms, but a feeling of well-being and vitality. So, now before any real explanation you can see why walking or running your dog on a treadmill is actually quite holistic and homeopathic in a variety of ways. As it turns out, dogs tend to […]

Want to Walk More but Leash Aggression is Stopping You?

There are a variety of reasons some dogs end up with leash aggression. In fact I could write chapters about it, but for the sake of learning something TO DO rather than staying frustrated about it and trying to decipher who is at fault or what is the reason for it here are a few pointers on dealing with leash aggression.

Top 5 Reasons To Treadmill Your Dog

Many dog owners believe that treadmills for dogs are only for those who have sport dogs, shows dogs or competition dogs. The truth is that every dog and their family can benefit wonderfully from exercising their dog on a treadmill.
If the concept sounds a little far fetched to you, consider these top 5 reasons to treadmill your dog.

Shape Up With Shadow – Dog Diet, Workout & Weight Loss

Join us while we Shape Up With Shadow! His family surrendered him, in part, because he could no longer fit through the doggy door. They felt bad that he was out in the elements and not able to get into the house. Learn how to get your dog healthy while losing weight with exercise and diet.

Dog Treadmill Featured on ABC News Pet Obesity

Good Morning America and the Wall Street Journal featured a stories about obese pets and the best products to deal with this problem. As it turns out just like people, dog weight management is becoming an issue with at least half of our dog population. It is a health issue that is in fact leading to shorter lives for our beloved, part-of-the family dog.

Dog Ball Possession Aggression, A New Game, and a Treadmill

Daphne, a Labrador Retriever used to be crazy about her ball to the point she turned a fun game into an exercise in aggression. Here is the story of how her dog loving owner found treadmill training as a way to create the game with a new frame of mind and how it became all fun again.

Valentines Day Sweet Dog Run or Walk Event

Next in our DogTread®Virtual Dog Events series is the Valentines Day Sweet Dog Walk or Run. Exercising with your dog is a great way for you both to get in shape, stay fit, and bond; but the end result is much more than most comprehend.

Exercise and the Active Dog | Sled Dogs

Not all dogs are snow or sled dogs but still need an active outlet that serves the same purpose as these sled dogs get. Labs, Golden Retrievers, German Short Haired Pointers, Vizslas, Weimaraners, Wheaten Terriers and many mixed breeds are among those that just have a really difficult time containing themselves without the appropriate amount of exercise.

Dog Treadmill Training | An Introduction

Krista Wickens, a co-owner of PetZen Products® and DogTread® has teamed up with Jt Clough, Professional Dog Trainer, HHP and Fitness Coach to assist our dogs who have become family members and beloved friends lead a healthy, happy long life through exercise as a lifestyle.