Get on the Ball Two 3-DVD Set - Debbie Gross Saunders
Subtitle: Improve Your Dog’s Core Strength, Balance, Flexibility, and Endurance
Author: Dr. Debbie Gross Saunders
Format: 3 DVD Set, NTSC format
Running Time: 2 hours, 50 minutes
Bonus Materials: 2 training articles and 5-page companion notes in PDF format
Release Date: Fall 2009
Whether you’re asking your dog to jump off the couch to go for a walk, compete in an agility event, lure course, herd livestock, or go for a hike, your dog needs the strength to perform the activity with as little risk of injury as possible. Many dogs are lacking strength in the core muscle group: the lower back and abdominals. In performance dogs we see many lower and mid-back problems as well as iliopsoas strains. In non-performance dogs, the first place we see weakness in aging dogs is usually the hind end and lower back. Working your dog on a Therapy Ball, EggBall, or PhysioRoll is an excellent and safe way to develop these muscles, which will aid in the reduction and prevention of problems.
But better core strength is only one of the benefits gained from regular workouts on the ball. Ball work improves your dog’s balance and body awareness, increases his range of motion and flexibility, improves his reflexes, and leads to increased muscle tone and endurance. Ball work is an excellent cross-training activity you can do in the comfort of your living room regardless of the weather.
This DVD provides four easy-to-follow strengthening programs: puppy, beginner, intermediate, and advanced. Besides providing detailed demonstrations of each program with experienced dogs, the DVD also includes a seminar Dr. Saunders held for ball work novices so that you can see the common mistakes and problems people have.
About the Author
Dr. Debbie Gross Saunders is a certified canine rehabilitation practitioner and licensed physical therapist with more than 16 years of experience in the field of canine rehabilitation. She specializes in the performance dog and owns Wizard of Paws Physical Rehabilitation for Animals, a rehabilitation and physical conditioning center for canines. Dr. Saunders is also a key faculty member at the University of Tennessee’s Certificate Canine Rehabilitation Program, the only university-based canine rehabilitation program.
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