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Everyday exercise vs. exercise training in dogs – these are the differences

Your dog moves every day and yet the question arises: is movement equal to exercise? On your walks, when he plays or stomps through the garden. Movement is part of daily life. In addition, movement is necessary to ensure that the joints are well supplied. If your dog does not move enough and properly, the joints will rust. Arthrosis and other diseases develop. exercise training for dogs

But is the “everyday” kind of exercise enough to keep your dog fit?

There is a difference between everyday movements that your dog performs to get around. And active, conscious movements that serve to train his body. Gym him.

You can compare this with us humans exercise training for dogs

Our lives are also characterized by movement. You simply can’t do without it. But for us, too, it makes a difference whether we (continue to) move in everyday life, or whether we move consciously. This means training our body, for example, playing football, Pilates, tennis, yoga or badminton. These movements do not occur automatically, but are performed purposefully and consciously.

With these sports activities we train the body in different ways. We achieve more flexibility, better musculature, better balance & coordination, better body awareness & body consciousness. In addition, the cardiovascular system is trained. In short, we do something for our fitness.

The same thing happens when you train your dog

With active, conscious movements you can achieve the same for your dog. With us and also with the dog we prevent illnesses of all kinds, delay the aging process, become healthy again faster. The cardiovascular system stays fit. Exercise is also good for the soul and the head. movement training for dogs

My thought is that just as we should exercise regularly to stay fit, we should do the same for and with our dogs. My experience has shown that four-legged friends who regularly exercise consciously are significantly fitter, more agile and healthier. This effect is seen both in healthy dogs, as well as in older ones or those with joint diseases. For the overweight quadrupeds, we can significantly support weight reduction. Exercise training for dogs

Targeted movement and exercises should definitely be part of everyday life. Just like grooming or other activities that are taken for granted. At the same time, it should be easy to implement and easy to integrate into everyday life. Because clearly, if you first have to prepare something for 30 minutes, then the start to implement it regularly is just too big.

How can you integrate exercise training for dogs into everyday life?

Sure, you can always find suggestions and ideas for exercises on Youtube and in various groups. In principle, this is also a good thing. But if you want to do a training with your dog that also has an effect, then it needs above all structure and exercises that fit the needs of your dog. If we apply it to humans again, then one also proceeds in a targeted and structured way in Pilates, for example, and selects different exercises that build on each other and complement each other. Or even exercises that specifically target one area of the body. In my online courses on exercise training, I have transferred exactly this approach so that dog owners have the opportunity to train specifically and according to their dog’s needs. In addition, it is important to me that you learn not only how to do an exercise with the dog correctly, but also how it works. After all, you and your dog will benefit if you get a better view of his movements at the same time. movement training for dogs

So if you would like to start with movement and fitness training and would like to do it according to physiotherapeutic aspects, I would be happy if you would drop by my classes.

How does fitness and exercise training affect everyday movements?

Even though everyday movements and targeted movement training are two completely different things, movement training significantly affects your dog’s everyday movements. As his movements become more precise and his body awareness improves, he also has more confidence in everyday life and in movements such as walking up stairs, sitting down correctly or even on uneven surfaces. The risk of injury, tripping and skipping is significantly reduced.

Great side effect: if your dog has strong muscles and good joint mobility and clean movement, you can avoid the development of joint problems and delay the progression of existing joint diseases.

All the love, Tina Exercise training in dogs


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