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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.
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
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...
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
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.