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Upcoming Live Webinars

Presented By: Gayle Watkins PhD
Audience: All*
Date: October 14, 2020
Time: 3pm Eastern (12pm Pacific)
Prerequisites: none

The first of our Hot Topics webinars, in "Spaying and Neutering Your Dog" Chris and Gayle will discuss recent research on this important topic and what that research tells us about the earliest we should neuter, as well as newer insights into the behavioral and physical effects of this common surgery.

New Online Class

It’s All On Your (Dog’s) Shoulders

Presented By: Chris Zink DVM PhD DACVSMR
Level: All experience levels

Discover important information about the most common shoulder injuries, including diagnosis, treatment, and prevention.

Canine Fitness & Health Blog

Proprioception – How To Hone Your Dog’s Injury-Prevention System

Proprio — what? Proprioception is from Latin proprius, meaning "one's own," and capere, meaning to grasp. Thus, proprioception means to grasp one's own position in space, including the position of the limbs in relation to each other and the body as a whole....

Play Ball (Safely)

Cody strained at his leash as he entered my examination room. A brown and white pitbull mix with soft eyes, large neck and shoulder muscles, and a beautiful sheen to his coat, he rubbed the side of his big body against my legs then flipped over onto his back, begging...

Stop Taking Your Dog For a Walk! (Try a Saunter Instead)

Pretty well everyone agrees that taking your dog for a walk is just about the best exercise your dog can get, right? Maybe… or maybe not. What is Exercise Anyway? Let’s look in more detail at what we mean by “exercise” and whether or not taking your dog for a walk...

Is Your Dog Hard Core? The Importance of Canine Core Musculature

During the past four years, hundreds of dedicated members of the Fit For LifeTM canine health and fitness program have assessed their dogs’ front limb, rear limb, and core muscle strength in the process of obtaining an individualized fitness program that targets their...

My Dog in Rehab Needs Stuff to Do!

Ok, your canine buddy is on the team’s injured-reserve list. It’s only temporary, but it's driving you and your teammate nuts! Your dog’s brain is used to being active – running, playing, wrestling with his dog friends, and spending time training and competing with...

Lets’ Not (Static) Stretch…the Truth

Today, thanks to social isolation and YouTube, I watched a video of Usain Bolt, the fastest man in the world, performing a warm-up routine. A trainer took each of his legs and put the hip and knee joints into flexion for about 1 second. Then Usain Bolt did some...

Cold Nose, Warm Sense – Your Dog has a Newly Discovered Superpower!

Did you know that your dog has something in common with vampire bats, pit vipers and black fire beetles? What could that possibly be? It all started when some scientists from Sweden and Hungary went into a bar…. Well, that might not be exactly true. I’m not sure where...

How Much Exercise Do Puppies Need?

A Lot According to Our New Puppy Exercise Guidelines! There seem to be two approaches to exercising puppies by well-meaning owners. There are those who do too much too soon with their pups, starting repetitive, concussive exercises like weave poles much too soon. Then...

Teacher’s Pet – How To Make Sure Your Training Doesn’t Go In One Ear And Out The Other

Have you ever parked outside a restaurant or concert, had an exciting few hours, and then walked outside to realize you have no idea where you left your car? Why can we easily recall our childhood street address but forget something we knew just a short time earlier?...

How To Make Your Dog Live Longer – It’s Easy!

As my dog grows older, I often look at his greying face and hope I will have him for many more years. And when it becomes obvious that I will have to say goodbye to one of my dogs, I always wish that we could have just a few more days together. I’m sure you have felt...

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