If you have a show dog then you want them to be in top shape for the ring! You need them to have a good top line, be gaiting well, and be injury-free. It’s important to ensure your dog’s musculoskeletal system is working optimally to allow them to succeed in the ring.
This is achieved through a combination of:
- Manual Therapy: Dogs can’t talk to us, so semi-regular assessments are important to maintain optimal muscle tone and address movement imbalances throughout the entire body.
- Conditioning: Good conditioning in preparation for the show ring – it’s important to choose the correct type, frequency, and intensity of exercise for your dog relative to the specific needs of the show ring. It also means addressing any imbalances that are created by participating in the ring (e.g. always turning in a particular direction).
- Ideal weight: Even sporting dogs can be overweight (or sometimes too thin). Programs can be developed to help your dog maintain its ideal body weight.
At The Dog Osteopath, we regularly perform assessments and treatments for show dogs to ensure they are able to perform well in the show ring. We will also give you home exercises and show you how to massage and stretch your dog between visits.
For Show dogs without injury, it is recommended they have an initial assessment and treatment every 2-6 months. Please contact us if you would like to book an appointment.