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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 […]


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 […]

Successful Collaboration

Recently I wrote about the team approach to K9 Fitness and how collaboration between professionals in the veterinary, rehabilitation and fitness fields are important.  Because I refer clients regularly for diagnostics and diagnosis, I receive referrals from those professionals when no discernible problem exists, the dog is released to normal activity or a strength or training issue […]

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 […]

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, […]

Warm Up Exercise – TRY DOWN DOG

Down Dog is done to improve overall body flexibility and to increase circulation. Some dogs will easily do this pose, some require a little more training. Strive for proper form to achieve maximum benefits. If your dog avoids stretching exercises, a visit to your Vet may be in order. TOOLS: Collar or Harness, Leash  K9FITvest (try with […]

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 […]


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 […]

National Walk Your Dog Week

National Walk Your Dog Week Dates: October 1-7 We personally think MOVING YOUR MUTT should be celebrated all year, every day.  That is why we helped to found A website dedicated to help pets and their people to get moving. This week we are celebrating National Walk Week. For every new member signing up […]

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 […]

Pets Move:11 Amazing Ways Exercise Helps Dogs

Wag, Wag! We are so excited to announce that September 14th is the official launch of our new “PetsMove” program (   The initiative started as the result of a wonderful conversation one afternoon in May (of this year). After a taping with The Pet Show in Washington D.C.  SlimDoggy’s Steve Pelletier —  TV host, Veterinarian […]

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 […]

FUNctional Dog Fitness – Move Your Mutt

FUNctional training is rooted in the concept that exercise should mimic everyday movements and we should strengthen our bodies to handle these movements more easily and without injury. In general, it will lead to better movement because it targets groups of muscles that challenge and strengthen the whole body. I emphasize the characters that spell […]

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 […]

Lack of Exercise = Bad Behavior

There is a correlation between exercise and behavior among humans.  Generally speaking, if you exercise on a daily basis, the discipline of exercising reflects in the discipline you apply in other areas of your life, socially, professionally and emotionally. Our canine friends are also generally the same in this regard.  A dog who gets to […]

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 […]

Exercise and your dog: Your best friend may need more exercise

Exercise usually does a dog good, “How much exercise does your dog get?” We have had many happy dog owners responded, and the overwhelming response is, “I wish I could get out more with my dog.” Your dog may not be slowing down at the same rate you are. Keep in mind that your best friend […]

Running in a dog’s mind: A Dog’s View of Exercise

I don’t understand why I take my dog out for a walk and he comes home and suddenly starts with zoomies around the house.  Out of control.  It’s soooofrustrating.” This is a comment I get repeatedly as a professional dog trainer.  I’ve come to a place of understanding where the dog is coming from and […]

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 […]

Memorial Day Holiday | Dog Trails and Treadmills

Despite all the “sales” and commercial draw to the any holiday these days, many people are choosing to reflect and to get out and enjoy what they have around them. Its a really nice time for dog lovers to get out and find a new trail to hike, run or walk with their dogs.

Living Your Dog’s Potential: Things to do

Potential. A word we all live our hopes and dreams on… it’s just that we tend to get stuck on the word and do nothing about actually living it. And for dog owners who are getting stuck on the word and not doing anything about it… your dog is surely not living to his or her potential.

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.

What You Like To Do With Your Dog | A Giveaway

Win a dog pack bowl and water bottle by telling us what your most favorite thing to do with your dog. It could be anything from having your dog lay his head in your lap while you read a book on a Saturday afternoon to going to the beach, walking in the rain, hiking a new trail, running the same running loop 5 days a week, playing fetch or showing your friends a high five trick, or watching your dog wag and run on a dog treadmill.

The Job of Rescue Dogs In Japan – Does Your Dog Need A Job?

Stories of dogs who have gone over on rescue teams to help search the rubble for those who may be alive and for those who have passed on give light to the great jobs dogs have the ability to do. Your dog may not have this type of job but can provide in other ways that are very needed and helpful.

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.

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.

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.