Gymnastricks: Targeted Muscle Training for Dogs - Animal Rehabilitation Australia
Gymnastricks: Targeted Muscle Training for Dogs - Animal Rehabilitation Australia
Gymnastricks: Targeted Muscle Training for Dogs - Animal Rehabilitation Australia

Gymnastricks: Targeted Muscle Training for Dogs

Carmen Mayer
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In this book, Carmen Mayer, a clicker training and dog sports enthusiast, provides us with targeted muscle training for dogs. She developed the concept of gymnastricks when her 12 year old Beagle developed hip dysplasia. With the help of an experienced canine physiotherapist, Mayer put together this unique programme that combines easy to train exercises to keep your dog healthy with great tricks for you both to enjoy, stimulating for both body and mind! 

Gymnastrics is ideal as a warm up for dog sports, mental and physical training for your older or retired dog, rehab from injury, or as general balance, stability or body awareness exercises. No special equipment is required, meaning it is inclusive to all. 

Featuring clearly laid out, step by step guidance and color photos, this book provides a fun and easy way to improve your dog s muscle tone and fitness, and have fun along the way. 

Mayer begins by briefly outlining the training methods your dog will need to understand in order to partake in the exercises featured, these being click for action and feed in position, and hand targets. She also takes us through the dog s muscle groups, explaining their function and which exercises help target each of them. 

Chapter one focuses on your dog s core muscles. Mayer takes us step by step through the following exercises, providing both a beginner and more advanced version for some. 
Standing on all four paws 
Standing with stretched neck 
Down to stand 
Between your legs (with circular movement) 
Standing on your feet 
Balancing on two legs (sideways) 
Balancing on two legs (diagonally) 
Backwards Slalom 
Moving sideways 
Slalom (with variations) 
Sit ups 
Looking down 
Head down 
Looking through the feet 
Balancing a bowl 
Head to the side 

Chapter two moves on to the forelimb muscles, including back muscles. The exercises featured include; 
Giving paws 
Lifting and holding a paw 
Pushing paws against you 
Down- sit and sit- down 
Straight sit 
Take a bow 

Chapter three then looks at the following hind limb muscles exercise, also including the back muscles; 
Lifting a hind leg 
Sitting pretty 
Standing upright with help 
Standing upright without help 
Walking backwards in a straight line 
Down- Take a bow 

Chapter four concentrates on exercises that target all the muscles groups and includes; 
Balancing a bowl on the back 
Going upstairs backwards 
Walking consciously 
Changing the pace 
Looking straight ahead while walking forward 
Stepping underneath 

Finally, in chapter five, Mayer shows us how to intensify the exercises by teaching your dog to hold something whilst doing them, or by using weighted bandages. 

A great guide that features fun, easy to follow exercises that both you and your dog will enjoy. 


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