Whether you’ve just bought your first puppy, or are an experienced dog breeder, this book is essential reading. A detailed outline of how puppies develop physiologically, together with appropriate exercises for them at each relevant stage of their puppyhood, helping ensure good balance, mobility and health throughout your dog’s life.
Easy to follow, with clear instructions and helpful photographs, this is a detailed outline of how puppies develop physiologically, together with appropriate exercises for them at each relevant stage of their puppyhood.
Different breeds develop at different paces, and all the exercises covered in this book are ‘soft' exercises – meaning that the puppy/dog dictates what he or she can do. By adopting a more natural exercise regime, puppy owners can encourage appropriate and robust development of their dog's muscular and skeletal framework, thus assisting good mobility from puppyhood through to adulthood. From alleviating stress on developing joints using obstacle negotiation, to how and when to massage your puppy, this is a comprehensive guide suitable for beginners and experienced dog owners alike.
- A unique view on exercising a puppy
- A natural way of exercising a puppy
- Ideas to incorporate into your daily routine
- Simple and easy to understand instructions
- Advice from a Canine Myotherapist
- A view and knowledge from a Canine Exercise Physiologist
- Suitable for puppies and dogs of all sizes
- Original and effective exercises
- Puppy massage techniques
- Natural progressive routine
About the author
Julia Robertson established the Galen Therapy Centre in 2002, specialising in Canine Myotherapy (Massage). As well as running a busy consultancy treating working, performance and companion dogs, she has developed a range of courses from workshops to accredited diploma courses in Canine Massage. Julia is a passionate advocate of Canine Myotherapy. Working closely with vets and other professionals, she has developed a team of Galen Myotherapists that practise throughout the UK having completed the Galen Diploma. Julia has co-authored another book intended for veterinary practitioners and students, and also regularly contributes to dog magazines, speaks at seminars, and runs training courses across the UK.
Elisabeth Pope shared much of her childhood with horses and dogs. A keen rider since her youth, she was advised to give up due to a recurring back problem. Thereafter, she transferred her knowledge, energy and passion to her dogs, and subsequently the canine world in general.
Her keen interest in canine movement and gait led to her partnership with Julia. They have worked together for ten years, and their combined knowledge has allowed them to develop a successful programme of canine exercise physiology for puppies and dogs of all ages
Elisabeth has successfully owned, showed and bred Golden Retrievers for 35 years, and is a show judge for the breed, both in the UK and abroad.