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Senior Dog Exercise


7 Jun 2018

By: Sarah McFarlane CCRA, CMT

Category: Cross Fit Programs

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Senior Dog

It is important to keep exercising senior dogs to keep them mentally happy and physically healthy.  Sure, your older dog may not be able to run the 5 km it used to but that doesn’t mean you stop altogether.  Make some adjustments for your senior dog so they can still enjoy the benefits of exercise without causing discomfort or pain. As dogs get older, their hind limbs become weaker and they may have issues like…

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Age Appropriate Puppy Exercise


7 Jun 2018

By: Sarah McFarlane CCRA, CMT

Category: Cross Fit Programs

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Puppy Exercise

It is critical what we do with our baby dogs.  Puppy exercise is so important as young dogs undergo significant physical changes during the first 12-18 months of life before their growth plates close.  Some of us get a new puppy and immediately do everything possible with them, as we feel that is the best thing for them.  It is, up to a point.  We see new puppies running with bigger dogs and enduring body-slamming,…

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Agility Nationals 2018


8 Apr 2018

By: Sarah McFarlane CCRA, CMT

Category: Agility Nationals

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On Tuesday 10th April 2018 the Agility Nationals will commence and run for six days.  I am very excited about spending almost an entire week with these highly trained agility athletes.  The extensive training regime and countless hours of dedication and practice culminates in this important annual event. It’s exciting for spectators too, watching dogs negotiate serpentine manoeuvres, challenging and tighter courses, faster dogs, expert handlers, all whilst pulling it off in under 60 seconds….

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Dog Massage Workshop


26 Mar 2018

By: Sarah McFarlane CCRA, CMT

Category: Workshops

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     At a recent Dog Massage Workshop, which was a sold-out event held by Chews Australia and presented by Canine Balance on Sunday 18th March, 20 participants learned the importance of assessing and treating with dog massage.  We had 9 dogs, of a good mix of breeds, to work with and learn from during the workshop. The Dog Massage Workshop Covered: • The benefits of Massage • Canine Anatomy • Why muscles injure • Working safely with Dog…

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Dog Limping Help


5 Mar 2018

By: Sarah McFarlane CCRA, CMT

Category: Dog Wellbeing

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Dog Limping

There are many causes for a dog limping, but what we do about it is most important.  Over the past few weeks, this has become increasingly apparent to me as a dog therapist, in around 1 in every 3 patients I have seen.  Whether working at dog sports events or seeing household pets that have had occasional limping, the common finding is that when a dog becomes lame we do not rest it enough! Firstly, when…

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