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First Dog! – First Treadmill Lameness Detection

First Dog! – First Treadmills -  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 – in the middle of the night – with no history. No one had wanted her because she was “nervous around kids.” Aly told the adoption coordinator, “that’s ok – I am too!”

 Dogs and humans help each other get out & enjoy the world

Aly lived in a small apartment; Clementine – being a genius of a dog – needed a JOB. Aly taught her lots of tricks and realized they would enjoy life more if they found something to bring them both out of their shells. They discovered flyball. They’ve been competing for 8 years now. Early on, Clementine was terrified to leave Aly and had no clue how to bark. Now she barks all the way down to the flyball box! At almost 11 years old, she still runs steady and only a half second behind times at her prime. They also occasionally take herding lessons, play disc, lure course, bike ride and enjoy lots of fetch. Five years ago they started agility and competed in AKC, NADAC and DOCNA. Unfortunately due to Aly’s own health concerns, they haven’t been able to compete as much as they wanted since Aly has had both hips replaced in the past 3 years.

 Love and play evolve…Clementine is also Aly’s service dog

Clementine is also Aly’s service dog, trained to alert to certain sounds (since Aly is hearing impaired) and trained to retrieve dropped objects when Aly’s arthritis flares up.

Lameness Detection with Gait4Dog DogTread treadmill

Clementine has been super healthy. Just recently she’s had some low back/iliopsoas issues most noticeable in the past year. I performed a gait analysis and used the Gait4Dog – DogTread Treadmill computerized system to detect changes in her gaiting, reach and more. We will monitor our progress over the next months with the goal of keeping Clementine able to continue all of her jobs and competitions.

 Workout of the Week – creating the exercise program

Warm Up: Leash Walk 10 minutes Main Program: We are starting out with core and balance work.

  • Weight shifts on the Peanut (side-side/front-back/shoulder-shoulder) x 5
  • Sit to Stands on Peanut x 5

Cool Down: Leash Walk 10 minutes

Stay tuned for future updates with Aly & Clementine!


Dr-Kerry_FisherAbout the Author: Kerry Fisher, DVM, CCRP ~ your Canine Fitness Expert. Throughout her career as a veterinarian, Dr. Fisher has focused on “Pre-hab and Rehab” for animals, pioneering therapeutic & conditioning exercises with FitPAWS Equipment. She owns Canine Rehab ~ Canine Fitness Unleashed!, a Colorado based Canine Gym with Injury Prevention and Canine Rehabilitation services. She has a passion for and experience with Sports Medicine for sporting, search & rescue, performance, working and hunting dogs. Dr. Kerry also has unique concepts for working with senior canine fitness, weight management, pain management, and behavior modification through exercise. She provides educational hands-on seminars and workshops worldwide. Do you want to take your dog’s fitness to another level? Let’s Get in Touch for a Fitness Assessment and Coaching for your dog. Dr. Kerry uses the DogTread Treadmill-Gait4Dog integrated software system for early Lameness Detection and monitoring the progress your dog is making during the course of rehabilitation. Injury prevention is key! Dr. Fisher is an athlete herself, enjoying endurance triathlons, mountain biking, bicycle touring, backpacking and telemark skiing. She biked, camped and toured 4,000 miles across the Northern Tier of the USA with her yellow Labrador, Mr. Mitchell. 2015 brings some challenging events to her plate: Ironman Arizona (140.6 mile event) and Leadville 100 mountain bike race (103 mile race at 10,000 feet+ elevation). As founder of Grit Gals, Kerry blogs to share her training tactics for these intense races. Human Fitness and Canine Fitness intertwined – to help you and your dogs reach your goals.  

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