SENIOR DOGS

Senior dogs are the best, aren’t they?

How To Keep Your Old Dog Happy & Active As Long As Possible

  • We have had many old dogs steal our hearts as we help them through their later years. Our goal for you is that you have the tools to keep your old dog happy and active.
  • We provide fitness programs specific to senior and geriatric dogs since we know that proper activity keeps dogs happier, involved in life, and extends their lives.
  • Our care classes help you implement a plan for your senior dog’s nutrition and health, identifying and tackling injuries and diseases, and using supportive care to keep your dog comfortable.

Fitness Programs for Senior Dogs

Fit For Life

Fitness programs for ALL DOGS, from puppies to competitors to seniors

Fit To Be Tied

Fit For Life PLUS Fitness programs for stud dogs and brood bitches

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.

Online Classes

Check out our webinars on important health and fitness topics

Classes On The Care Of Senior Dogs

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 to keep your senior dog active and happy

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.

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.

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 senior dog’s arthritis

Canine Rehabilitation

Presented By: Chris Zink DVM PhD
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.

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
  • Senior Dogs – create a care plan for your active dog to keep him active and happy
  • Longevity – ways we can help our dogs live longer, better lives
  • Keeping Your Dog Cool – tips, techniques, research and resources to keep your dog cool during the summer heat!

Injury Classes

Identifying Injuries

Presented By: Chris Zink DVM PhD
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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

Senior Dog Articles

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?

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...

Yawn… Your Dog Empathizes!

Picture this: you’re riding in a car with a friend and she yawns. A few seconds later, you yawn too, even though you’re not tired or bored. Your friend yawns again and this time you decide you are going to resist yawning. But you can feel the darn yawn building in your throat until you just have to let it out! In fact, you might actually be stifling a yawn just from reading this! Congratulations – you’re human.

Perfect Practice Doesn’t Make Perfect. IMPERFECT Practice Makes Perfect

Remember the first time you had to give a presentation in public? You probably wrote down what you wanted to say, then read it out loud over and over, repeating the words just as you wanted to say them in the presentation. It was really, really boring, and you were thinking, “How often do I need to do this before it will stick in my head?”

Researchers at Johns Hopkins’ Department of Rehabilitation Medicine studying how people learn made an interesting discovery (1). They found out that the old adage, “perfect practice makes perfect,” was actually not quite true. Whether it’s memorizing a presentation or learning how to do a front cross in agility, it turns out that we learn faster if we don’t practice perfectly. Let me explain…

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