Keepin’ it Fit
Obesity can be a problem for many dogs, especially in the spring when winter weight is still hanging on for dear life. Agility can be a great solution for both handler and dog to get in shape, but it’s best to remember that the weight didn’t appear in a day and won’t go away in a day, as well as realizing that it’s important to be careful with your tubby pooch. Agility puts more stress on their joints than a lighter dog, so start your equipment low until the weight is off and then turn it up!
Agility is definitely a sport for your dog, and keeping up an exercise regimen outside the course is important for good performance health. Use conditioning obstacles like cavalettis and ladders to tone muscles and build body awareness, and ‘cross train’ by going hiking and walking!