Care of the Canine Athlete: A Complete Guide to Sports Dog Fitness


by Lowri Davies, BVSc, Dip, ACVSMR, MRCVS, CCRP in association with the Smart Clinic


Care of the Canine Athlete:  A Complete Guide to Sports Dog Fitness

by Lowri Davies, BVSc, Dip, ACVS<R. <RCVS. CCRT in association with the Smart Clinic

ISBN:  9781910488492

Publisher:  First Stone Publishing

Publication Year:  2018

Format:  Trade Paperback

Pages:  144

From the back cover:

“Keeping your dog fit, preventing injury and aiding recovery is of paramount importance to all canine sports competitors. For many years the canine competition world lagged behind other sports, relying on makeshift methods and half-understood truths, yet still expecting dogs to reach their full athletic potential. Finally this is set to rights with Care of the Canine Athlete, written by Lowri Davies, leading veterinary rehabilitation and canine sports medicine specialist.

Starting from puppyhood, Lowri examines the mental and physical attributes that are needed in the prospective sports dog. She looks at the requirements of diet and at exercise regimes, showing how balance, co-ordination and proprioception can be developed in the young dog. Training and fitness programmes are detailed with special attention to how a dog can acquire the strength, power and core stability needed for a career in agility.

Lowri goes on to examine the reasons why sports dogs under-perform and suffer injury, and how this can be prevented. She offers comprehensive coverage of common injuries and how to treat them, including detailed analysis of physiotherapy techniques such as acupuncture, chiropractic, electrotherapies and hydrotherapy. Finally, Lowri outlines the therapeutic exercises that you can work on with your dog, giving step-by-step instuctions to ensure you achieve maximum benefits with minimal risk.

Illustrated with top quality colour photography, Care of the Canine Athlete is a must have for all those in the competition world who want to get the best from their dog, and offer the finest care in return.”

Additional information

Weight .6 kg
Dimensions 28 × 21.5 × 1 cm

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