Growth plates and muscle attachment – why puppies thrive when exercise stress is AGE APPROPRIATE…

Growth plates and muscle attachment - why puppies thrive when exercise stress is AGE APPROPRIATE... Go to Source "Immature, developing bodies cannot endure excessive amounts of exercise stress without suffering longterm, negative consequences"Normally a picture is worth a 1000 words - I believe I'll up the ante! Full disclosure - the tomography pic is from a study using guinea pigs but I think the info is still on point (and the moment I can find the same evidence based study using puppies I'll switch out the link!)What can we see here? Immature, developing bone lacks the structural integrity (aka: density) needed to withstand multiple stresses from exercise / activity and over-developed muscle (see the blog "#1 and #2 injury factors")I think a

Puppies are dogs under development…

Puppies are dogs under development... Go to Source "Immature, developing bodies cannot endure excessive amounts of exercise stress without suffering longterm, negative consequences" Normally a picture is worth a 1000 words - I believe I'll up the ante! Full disclosure - the tomography pic is from a study using guinea pigs but I think the info is still on point (and the moment I can find the same evidence based study using puppies I'll switch out the link!) What can we see here? Immature, developing bone lacks the structural integrity (aka: density) needed to withstand multiple stresses from exercise / activity and over-developed muscle (see the blog "#1 and #2 injury factors") I think a great analogy is concrete - mixed with the correct portions of

The #1 and #2 common injury factors for puppies – it’s not just about hips and elbows

The #1 and #2 common injury factors for puppies - it's not just about hips and elbows Go to Source #1: GROWTH Your puppy's skeleton is made up of 320+ bones (+1 for the boys) and some bones have as many as five (5) growth plates. The more ridges/planes and different dimensions, the more growth plates - the best examples are the large, flat bones of the skull, shoulder blades and pelvis and the multi-dimensional vertebrae. This means that over 700+ growth plates must develop / mature and close perfectly in order for your puppy to have a strong body that will support him for his entire life! Did you know that the major joints (neck / shoulders / elbows / spine

“Muscle Memory”: Spoiler Alert – it’s all in your dog’s head! What it ISN’T (myth), what it IS (fact), and why practice doesn’t always make perfect…

"Muscle Memory": Spoiler Alert - it's all in your dog's head! What it ISN'T (myth), what it IS (fact), and why practice doesn't always make perfect... Go to Source Muscle cells do not have the ability to remember ~ only brain cells doThe muscle anatomy of a dog consists of both involuntary (those responsible to support life: brain, heart, lungs, etc) and voluntary - those muscles which are triggered by conscious thoughts transmitted from THE BRAIN For example: the decision to run and jump involves a conscious choice by a dog ~ the brain sends electrical impulses through the nervous system to the muscles required to facilitate movements for running, braking, to lift the body, land (without collapsing), change directions and to

PUPPIES!! Is your “Don’t Do:” column longer than the “What / When to DO:” column? Well let’s put an end to that silliness and start building better puppies…

PUPPIES!! Is your "Don't Do:" column longer than the "What / When to DO:" column? Well let's put an end to that silliness and start building better puppies... Go to Source ...that will have enhanced learning capabilities, body awareness, self-control, the confidence necessary to cope better with environmental stresses and are at less risk for injuries!When developing the DogWorks Puppy Program (program design information is contained in the Workbook) I wanted it to be based on pure science - not opinion or individual experience. At the time (2003) I couldn't find the research I was looking for so I turned to the most obvious sources: humans and horses. I discovered that sport and physical education programs have been following strict guidelines to

A balanced exercise program which impacts all 10 aspects of health uses 5 elements – it’s just that simple!

A balanced exercise program which impacts all 10 aspects of health uses 5 elements - it's just that simple! Go to Source Willy nilly never worked for anybody! That's why, when you started teaching your dog the skills she needed to learn (whether basic life lessons or all the various aspects involved in formal sport training) you had a GOAL in mind and a PLAN to achieve it. Fair for her - more fun for you When the same Goal oriented approach is applied using the 5 elements for exercising, you can be certain that your dog is improving all 10 aspects of health / each region of the body equally AND, for those dogs who compete in sports, that the exercise choices

Why do we use a Workbook and how do you get started? “To teach successfully, one must plan successfully…”

Why do we use a Workbook and how do you get started? "To teach successfully, one must plan successfully..." Go to Source ...and to Plan successfully you need clear, easy to follow instruction that is relevant (applies to your dog), tells you WHAT and HOW to do it!Have you wanted to improve your dog's overall fitness but aren't sure how to start? Our Workbook will simplify the planning process so you can relax and enjoy the time you spend with your dog exercising doing safe, effective things - and have FUN doing it. This format is the perfect STEP BY STEP resource you can refer to for each stage of your dog's life (indicated by the tabs) ~ starting with our "Fit