COMPETITION DOGS

We are competitors too, so we know how important your dogs are to you!

Improve Your Dog’s Performance and Keep Him Injury Free

They are your partner and buddy. You spend long hours training, traveling, and competing together. Your goal is keeping your dog healthy and injury free for a full career. From nutrition to preventive care to injury prevention and treatment, these programs will improve your dog’s fitness and success, and with them your joy in competing together.

Our programs enable you to get and keep your competition dogs fit, care for them like the athletes they are, and identify, prevent and resolve injuries. We also have fitness and health programs specifically for competition puppies and seniors. Start your new pup off right for a lifetime of fun and keep your senior dog happily training and competing for as long as possible.

Keep Leading the Pack

Use the most current fitness programs, research, and best practices to bring out the best in your dog.

Improve Fitness & Health

Get and keep your dogs fitter, faster & stronger with a fitness membership

Catch Injuries Early

Learn to identify, prevent and resolve injuries with our online classes.

Canine Fitness Memberships

Keep your dog injury-free and performing at its peak!

Complete fitness programs for ALL competition dogs, from puppies through adulthood and into the senior years. Get programs for all your dogs for one low price.

Why Our Programs Are Better

  • Created and run by canine fitness and health experts
  • Based on latest science and experience
  • Easy-to-Follow exercise instruction videos
  • Programs for all of your dogs
  • ALL your dogs can join for one price!
  • Step-by-Step exercise program progressions to get your dog fitter
  • Earn fitness titles for your dog

Membership Benefits

  • Personal coaching with Chris Zink DVM PhD DACVSMR & Dr. Gayle Watkins
  • Dozens of videos that show how to perform exercises
  • Free access to all online classes
  • Free live webinars
  • Access to private Facebook group to get your personal questions answered

Optimize Your Dogs Performance and Longevity!

We offer fitness programs for all dogs, at any age.

Specifically For Competition Puppies

Fit For Life Puppy Course

Start your new pup off right! Designed for puppies from 8 weeks to 6 months.

Fit For Life Membership

Complete fitness programs for puppies over 6 months of age.

Fit For Life Puppy Exercise Book

Complete fitness programs for puppies over 6 months of age.

Puppy Exercise Guideline Poster

Perfect for vet’s offices and training centers! This 18″ x 24″ poster displays the science-based, puppy exercise guidelines created by canine sports medicine veterinarian, Chris Zink DVM PhD DACVSMR and expert breeder, Gayle Watkins PhD, to take puppies from 3 weeks of age until their growth plates have closed.

Specifically For Senior Competition Dogs

Fit For Life

Keep your senior dogs healthy and active late into their careers

Caring For Senior Dogs

Presented By: Gayle Watkins PhD
Audience: All*
Available On Demand

All* = owners of dogs of all age, competitors, dog breeders, dog trainers, veterinarians, vet techs, rehab providers

Canine Longevity

Presented By: Gayle Watkins PhD
Audience: All*
Available On Demand

All* = owners of dogs of all age, competitors, dog breeders, dog trainers, veterinarians, vet techs, rehab providers

Discover how your can increase your dogs’ chances of living long, active lives

Managing Arthritis In Dogs

Presented By: Gayle Watkins PhD
Audience: All*
Available On Demand

All* = owners of dogs of all age, competitors, dog breeders, dog trainers, veterinarians, vet techs, rehab providers

Develop a simple but complete plan to manage your dog’s arthritis

Upcoming Live Webinars

Online Classes

Check out our online classes on topics important to competitors and their dogs

Care of Competition Dogs Classes

Feeding Your Dog

Presented By: Gayle Watkins PhD
Audience: All*
Available On Demand

All* = owners of dogs of all age, competitors, dog breeders, dog trainers, veterinarians, vet techs, rehab providers

Discover the 8 strategies you can use to improve your dog’s nutrition.

Nutritional Supplements

Presented By: Gayle Watkins PhD
Audience: All*
Available On Demand

All* = owners of dogs of all age, competitors, dog breeders, dog trainers, veterinarians, vet techs, rehab providers

Learn the 5 supplements to all dogs need.

Gait Training

Presented By: Chris Zink DVM PhD DACVSMR
Audience: Competitors
Available On Demand

Optimize the strength of your dog’s front legs, core and rear legs to reduce the risk of injury.

Keeping Your Dog Cool

Presented By: Chris Zink DVM PhD DACVSMR
Audience: Competitors
Available On Demand

Tips, techniques, research and resources to keep your dog cool during the summer heat!

Longevity

Presented By: Gayle Watkins PhD
Audience: All*
Available On Demand

All* = owners of dogs of all age, competitors, dog breeders, dog trainers, veterinarians, vet techs, rehab providers

Ways we can help our dogs live longer, better lives.

Senior Dogs

Presented By: Gayle Watkins PhD
Audience: All*
Available On Demand

All* = owners of dogs of all age, competitors, dog breeders, dog trainers, veterinarians, vet techs, rehab providers

Create a care plan for your active dog to keep him active and happy.

Topics

  • Feeding Your Dog – discover the 8 strategies you can use to improve your dog’s nutrition
  • Nutritional Supplements – learn the 5 supplements that all dogs need
  • Gait Training – optimize the strength of your dog’s front legs, core and rear legs to reduce the risk of injury.
  • Keeping Your Dog Cool – tips, techniques, research and resources to keep your dog cool during the summer heat!
  • Longevity – ways we can help our dogs live longer, better lives
  • Senior Dogs – create a care plan for your active dog to keep him active and happy

Injury Classes

Identifying Injuries

Presented By: Chris Zink DVM PhD DACVSMR
Audience: All*
Availability: On Demand

All* = owners of dogs of all age, competitors, dog breeders, dog trainers, veterinarians, vet techs, rehab providers

Discover the 5 things you can do to detect your dog’s injuries before they become a problem.

Canine Rehabilitation

Presented By: Chris Zink DVM PhD DACVSMR
Audience: All*
Available On Demand

All* = owners of dogs of all age, competitors, dog breeders, dog trainers, veterinarians, vet techs, rehab providers

Learn to use canine rehab to prevent and treat injuries and surgeries so your dog recovers more quickly.

Arthritis

Presented By: Gayle Watkins PhD
Audience: All*
Available On Demand

All* = owners of dogs of all age, competitors, dog breeders, dog trainers, veterinarians, vet techs, rehab providers

Develop a simple but complete plan to manage your dog’s arthritis for as long as possible.

Back Injuries and Disease

Presented By: Chris Zink DVM PhD DACVSMR
Audience: All*
Available On Demand

All* = owners of dogs of all age, competitors, dog breeders, dog trainers, veterinarians, vet techs, rehab providers

Learn to prevent, diagnose and treat back injuries and lumbosacral disease.

Elbow Injuries and Disease

Presented By: Chris Zink DVM PhD DACVSMR
Audience: All*
Available On Demand

All* = owners of dogs of all age, competitors, dog breeders, dog trainers, veterinarians, vet techs, rehab providers

Learn to prevent, diagnose and treat elbow disease and injuries.

Foot Injuries

Presented By: Chris Zink DVM PhD DACVSMR
Audience: All*
Date: May 28, 2020
Time: 1pm Eastern

All* = owners of dogs of all age, competitors, dog breeders, dog trainers, veterinarians, vet techs, rehab providers

Learn to prevent, diagnose and treat foot, nail and pad injuries.

Iliopsoas

Presented By: Chris Zink DVM PhD DACVSMR
Audience: All*
Available On Demand

All* = owners of dogs of all age, competitors, dog breeders, dog trainers, veterinarians, vet techs, rehab providers

Learn to prevent, diagnose and treat Iliopsoas strains.

Knee Injuries

Presented By: Chris Zink DVM PhD DACVSMR
Audience: All*
Available On Demand

All* = owners of dogs of all age, competitors, dog breeders, dog trainers, veterinarians, vet techs, rehab providers

Learn to prevent, diagnose and treat cranial cruciate ligament injuries.

Shoulder Injuries

Presented By: Chris Zink DVM PhD DACVSMR
Audience: All*
Available On Demand

All* = owners of dogs of all age, competitors, dog breeders, dog trainers, veterinarians, vet techs, rehab providers

Learn to prevent, diagnose and treat three common shoulder injuries.

Topics

  • Identifying Injuries – discover the 5 things you can do to detect your dog’s injuries *before* they become a problem
  • Canine Rehabilitation – learn to use canine rehab to prevent and treat injuries and surgeries so your dog recovers more quickly
  • Arthritis – develop a simple but complete plan to manage your dog’s arthritis
  • Back Injuries and Disease – learn to prevent, diagnose and treat back injuries and lumbosacral disease
  • Elbow Injuries and Disease – learn to prevent, diagnose and treat elbow disease and injuries
  • Foot Injuries – learn to prevent, diagnose and treat foot, nail and pad injuries
  • Iliopsoas Injuries – learn to prevent, diagnose and treat Iliopsoas strains
  • Knee Injuries – learn to prevent, diagnose and treat cranial cruciate ligament injuries
  • Shoulder Injuries – learn to prevent, diagnose and treat three common shoulder injuries

Books, Videos & More

Fit For Life Videos v2.0

This USB flash drive contains all 32 exercise videos from the Fit For Life and Fit To Be Tied canine conditioning programs.

Fit For Life Puppy Exercise Book

This 28-page, paperback book lays out the keys to getting and keeping your growing puppy fit from 3 weeks to 15 months of age.

Puppy Exercise Guideline Poster

This 18″ x 24″ poster displays the science-based, puppy exercise guidelines created by canine sports medicine veterinarian, Chris Zink DVM PhD DACVRS and expert breeder, Gayle Watkins PhD, to take puppies from 3 weeks of age until their growth plates have closed.

Competition Dog Articles

Overloaded! (It’s Not About Reps and Sets)

Overload. Despite how it sounds, it may be a good thing for your dog’s fitness and health!

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

Proprioception is like a body-wide stabilization system. It enables dogs to be active while preventing injuries. Learn how to fine-tune it!

Play Ball (Safely)

What is it about retrieving that makes many dogs (and owners) lose their minds, completely forgetting self-preservation and control? This blog tells you how to play retrieve games safely with your dog.

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.

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

During the past 4 years, hundreds of dedicated members of the Fit For Life™ canine health and fitness program have assessed their dogs’ front limb, rear limb and core muscle strength so that their dogs could be assigned individualized fitness program that would target each dog’s weakest muscles. We just examined the data from almost 400 dogs entering the program and learned that fully 62% of the dogs needed work on core musculature – far more than any other part of the body.

My Dog in Rehab Needs Stuff to Do!

Ok, your canine buddy is on the team’s injured/reserved 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 you in whatever games you play. That brain thrives on stimulation!

Lets’ Not (Static) Stretch…the Truth

Whether or not to stretch, and if so, how and for how long, is a huge controversy in human sports medicine. Since there are no published articles on the effects of either static or dynamic stretching in the dog, we rely on the literature about stretching in humans and apply those findings to dogs. As a result, the same controversy exists in the dog world.

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 they were when they got together and asked the question, “Why is a dog’s nose moist and cold, when most other mammals’ noses are warm and dry?” No doubt this is a question that has also kept you awake many a night…

How Much Exercise Do Puppies Need?

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, doing concussive exercises often as early as 6 months of age. Then there are those who minimize their pups’ activity, almost wrapping them in cotton until their growth plates have closed. So what is the right balance of physical activity for your puppy? What kind of exercises should you do? Can you walk, jog or hike with your puppy?

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?

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