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If you have you ever said 'if my dog had a different handler he would be amazing' or 'I wish I could keep up with my dog.' then you'll want to find out more about a new physical regime called AgilityFIT which could improve your performance and extend your agility life. Personal Trainer Mike Wood has sent us this article. Read this article. It makes sense.
Be AgilityFIT
In January, everyone sits back. We take stock of our expanding waistline and regret that extra helping of double cream. We make resolutions are made, hastily apply for gym memberships and trawl trawled the Internet for advice on dieting and exercise. But a month later... it's all gone out the window. That's why Personal Trainer Mike Wood and Eleanor Balchin of Pachesham Agility in Surrey have developed AgilityFIT, an exercise regime based on martial arts specifically for those who compete in dog agility. Mike tells you how to use AgilityFit for a fitter February.
Fit for Fun
Agility dogs are the athletes of the canine world and, as such, they are subjected to far more stresses and strains than the average pet dog.  In order to perform to their optimum ability, they need a good diet, a general fitness programme based on cross-training principles, sport-specific conditioning and training as well as adequate time for rest and recuperation. ACPAT Chartered Physiotherapist Sally Medcalf, herself an agility competitor, strongly believes that prevention is always better than a cure...
Keeping Fit
If you are thinking about or already competing with your dog, there are many factors to consider. Is your dog in condition to compete? Having your dog in optimal physical and mental condition should be at the top of the list says American Kathy Herzog.  (16/9/99)
Handler Fitness
Making plans for your winter training? Usually we talk about warming up the dogs but perhaps there should be more emphasis on warming up the handlers, too. Ruth MacGill, fitness coach for Agility Team GB, thinks it would be a worthwhile investment in your time and effort.  She has  written an interesting and informative article on physical fitness, not just for top competitors but also for handlers at all levels.
New Year, New You
As a new year comes around, the old phrase 'new year, new me' can be heard echoing around every corner of the dog agility world. Are you thinking 2020 is the year to make a positive change? Is this the season that you are going to get fitter? Run faster? Feel rejuvenated? If so, personal coach Chris Kerton has some suggestions on how you can make 2020 the best year ever in your personal and dog agility life.
Pregnancy & Agility from a Physiotherapists Perspective
It was thanks to baby Charlie arriving two weeks early that Bonny Quick was able to go to Crufts at all this year. But it was her persistence and hard work that enabled her win three of the five runs and the  British Open Small Championship with her dog Shelley. With so many of our top competitors being pregnant and giving birth recently, physiotherapist Nicky Grant thought it might be interesting to consider pregnancy and agility from a physiotherapy perspective. Adapted from her blog on WinAgility.
Returning to Agility after Time Out
Almost all of us have had an enforced agility break due to the Covid-19 pandemic and even those of you who are lucky enough to have been able to train from home will have missed out on competitions. Now as restrictions are starting to ease, training clinics, competitions and events are available again. Each of us have a decision to make. How do you know if your dog ready to get back to training and/or competitions. Zoe Hindle, vet physiotherapist, is here to help you decide.
Striking a Balance in Our Dog Agility Partnership
Agility is a unique partnership between handlers and their canine companions. While the focus is often on training and conditioning the dogs, Chris Kerton, owner of Karma Fitness, feels it is equally important to at least consider the work we put into ourselves as handlers. In this article he looks into the question of balance in this partnership on an individual's journey to success...



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