Flexibility – Bad Dog Agility Academy


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  • Lakiemom says:

    So, I’m working on getting my dogs comfortable on their sides for this type of exam. When I stand them, they are rather squirrelly as well, LOL! So, would it be appropriate to have them target a flat or nearly flat foot target as you work front or hind to help keep them a bit focused? Or will that be a distraction for them that might lead to me missing something?

  • Barb VE says:

    June 10, 2021
    This is my video of stretching with Enzo. He has never done it on the bed before. I do the standing stretches as part of his warm-up for every training session or trial.


  • VDogs says:

    I wanted to do an intro to us and have a starting point for Monty!! https://youtu.be/BhznWElqr6U

  • Elaine Myhowich says:

    What can I do to help with tightness in the hamstring?

    • Coach Leslie says:

      If you find tightness in one hamstring (or both) I would recommend having a professional check out your dog first. Tightness can be an protection mechanism for a minor injury. You can also try going through the flexibility check on the year legs more often – every other day for 2 weeks. If the tightness gets worse, stop and get it checked out.

      • Elaine Myhowich says:

        I did and no injury was found.Are there any activities or exercises to help?Just want to avoid any injury.
        Thanks for your help

        • Coach Leslie says:

          Great! I don’t want to jump the gun, but there is going to be a month on flexibility. In the meantime you can do the rear leg part of this video every other day, 3 days a week to try to get a bit more flexibility.

  • Sandy & Karma says:

    Is it important to warm up their muscles before stretching…it’s what I always here for humans!

    • leide13@gmail.com says:

      That is correct. This is also a check in to keep track of your dog’s flexibility not a regular stretching routine. I rarely manually stretch my dogs, but I do check their range of motion at least once a month.

  • Portia Purfey says:

    What should you do for a paw touch sensitive dog? We are working on it but he still stares and usually pulls away his paw.

    • leide13@gmail.com says:

      If he is only worried about paw touching, I would skip that part. You can use stepping on certain equipment to work the toes and I’ll add this to my list of things to cover. A skinny board or a wedge can be used to stretch the toes. Also standing on a steep incline can help stretch the toes. Uphill stretches the flexors and downhill can stretch the toe extensors.

  • Carol R says:

    Doing these stretches scares me. I went through an inperson class with a sheltie who trusted me to do whatever I wanted to her. I was told by the PT that I could never do damage by overstretching because she would tell me. Ended up causing a shoulder injury and have been gun shy ever since. Suggestions in getting over this?

    • leide13@gmail.com says:

      I’m so sorry that happened. Most likely there was already some damage to the shoulder joint and stretching it did not cause the injury.
      I would only do this if you are comfortable doing it. You can also have some one you trust like a massage therapist or your sports medicine vet do these flexibility checks. I try to get my dogs into a massage therapist that I trust once a month when competing and training regularly. I recommend my sports clients check in with me every 3-4 months to get checked.
      If you want to try doing the flexibility checks yourself, I recommend starting with just bending and straightening each leg and not doing any extension or abduction of the shoulders or hips.

    • Lynne Bockelman says:

      I am very careful with my Shelties too. They have incredibly high pain tolerance and level of trust. My first Sheltie had a badly broken leg, but he would let me and the vet move it without even a whimper or a head turn. Now I watch for very subtle changes like a squinting eye blink. Our current PT person is super gentle and observant.

      • Coach Leslie says:

        Yes, you do have to get comfortable noticing the subtle changes. It would be very difficult to cause an injury unless there was already a weakness or injury present. Never do anything you aren’t comfortable doing. That is when you seek out a professional just like you did by finding an awesome PT.

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