Monday, March 29, 2010
Canine Athletes - A Rare Breed
If you are interested in helping your dog become a canine athlete, please help your dog avoid the Weekend Warrior Syndrome by gradually increasing their level of activity and length of time spent doing that activity. It will go a long way in keeping your dog happy and safe from strains or potential injury.
Along with the physical conditioning we need to remember the mental conditioning as well.
With both humans and dogs, stress is just a natural element in competition. It comes not only from physical exertion but also from the psychological pressures of traveling in the car, noise, hot or cold temperatures and even the presence of spectators. Don't think that your dog is not aware or influenced by those factors because they can effect them just as much and sometimes even more than with us.
The best canine athlete is a confident dog and is well socialized with both other dogs and humans. They are comfortable with being handled by many different people from birth and they are exposed to all different types of environments, sights and sounds. They are used to riding in a car, going to the vet, attending training classes and play groups and dealing with crowded places like an outdoor shopping mall with confidence.
By introducing them to all these experiences, you will help them become better able to deal with the stresses of competition.