What is Canine Conditioning and Body Awareness

Canine Conditioning and Body Awareness Exercises

Canine conditioning and body awareness exercises are a set of physical activities designed to improve the overall health and fitness of dogs. These exercises help to strengthen a dog's muscles, improve their balance and coordination, and enhance their body awareness.

Canine conditioning equipment

Canine conditioning exercises typically involve using various pieces of equipment such as:

  • Balance boards
  • Exercise balls
  • Agility equipment
  • Platforms

Plus, other specially designed tools to create a challenging and engaging workout for your dog. The exercises may include activities such as climbing, jumping, crawling, running, and more.


Example of a platform used in Canine Conditioning and Body Awareness

An example of a platform: ADW's 2 in 1 Position Box/Place Board for Dog Training https://angliandogworks.com/products/position-box


Body awareness exercises, on the other hand, focus on improving a dog's proprioception, which is their sense of their body's position and movement in space. These exercises involve teaching your dog to move their body in specific ways, such as lifting their paw, touching a target, or walking along a narrow surface. By improving their body awareness, dogs can become more confident and coordinated in their movements, which can help to prevent injuries and improve their overall physical health.

Overall, canine conditioning and body awareness exercises can be a great way to improve your dog's fitness, health, and quality of life. However, it's important to consult with your veterinarian before starting any new exercise routine to ensure that it's safe and appropriate for your dog's individual needs.


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About the author: Hi 👋 I’m Emma, accredited as a professional dog trainer by the Institute of Modern Dog Trainers (IMDT). I help owners of energetic dogs achieve the dog-owning life they envisioned by providing robust obedience & agility training for dogs across my two venues in Balsham and Barton, near Cambridge.

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