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Canine Workshop

Chris Zink Melbourne Seminar 2017

Workshop Date:
Dec 5 - 6, 2017

Workshop Time:
8:30 am - 5:00 pm

Workshop Location:
Southern Obedience Dog Club, 56 Sodden Road
Bangholme VIC 3175

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Canine Balance proudly sponsors Coaching the Canine Athlete Seminar





Coaching the Canine Athlete© seminars provide information on how the canine body works, and what you can do to improve performance and keep your dog healthy and injury-free. The seminar is geared towards those interested in any or all performance sports including agility, flyball, dancing with dogs, obedience, etc

The seminars are highly interactive and provide ample opportunity for all attendees to participate in structure and gait analysis, lameness evaluation, conditioning exercises and jump training. Seminar format alternates between lecture (incl. videos etc) time and working activities. There is abundant opportunity to ask questions and participate. There will be a limited no of spots for participants who wish to participate with their dogs.

It’s $330 and that includes a number of special things:

  1. Two days with the world renowned Dr Chris Zink
  2. Limited to 40 people providing an up close and personal experience for any questions
  3. Understanding your dog’s physical advantages and disadvantages for performance
  4. Using simple observation tools and training sequences to test your dog’s musculoskeletal health
  5. The five components of a fitness program for canine athletes
  6. Here in Melbourne so limited travel expenses
  7. Morning Tea, Lunch and refreshments provided on both days

Content to be presented:

Day 1: Tuesday 5th December 2017

Beyond Conformation – Canine Structure and Its Importance for Performance covering:

• Effects of spaying/neutering on structure and health
• Understanding your dog’s physical advantages and disadvantages for performance
• Evaluate your own dog’s front and rear angulation
• Use your dog’s structure to maximize performance
• How to pick a performance puppy

Canine Locomotion

• Gaits (walk, trot, canter, gallop) – what they look like and how they are used in performance
• Pacing, crabbing – why they are not ideal gaits and how to retrain
• How to train your dog to gait on cue to improve performance and reduce the risk of injuries
• Use of ground poles for whole-body conditioning

Conditioning the Canine Athlete for Injury Prevention (Continuing into Day 2)

• The five components of a fitness program for canine athletes

• Appropriate ages to begin strength and conditioning exercises
• Strength exercises that target specific areas of the body
• How to modify intensity, frequency, duration of training during the week and season
• Conditioning for specific muscle groups

Day 2: Wednesday 6th December 2017

Tips and Tricks for Detecting Injuries Before Your Dog Becomes Lame

• The importance of early recognition of injuries
• Common causes of injuries
• Using simple observation tools and training sequences to test your dog’s musculoskeletal health
• Most common injuries in canine athletes and what to do about them
• Abundant videos will be shown in slow motion to demonstrate changes in performance that might indicate that the dog is experiencing pain or discomfort

Jumping and Jump Training

• Biomechanics of jumping
• Training jumping from puppies to adults
• Lead legs – what they are, why they are important, and how to train your dog to use them appropriately
• Jumping problems – what causes them and how to fix them

Working Dog Spots Apply Now

A working dog spot is available and is by ballot.  There are 12 – 16 spots available depending on numbers.  Please express your interest to .  For working spots it is an extra $80 for 2 days per dog and a vaccination certificate is mandatory by the venue.

About the presenter:

Chris is a consultant on canine sports medicine who presents Coaching the Canine Athlete seminars worldwide and designs individual rehabilitation and conditioning programs for canine athletes. She is the award-winning author of the books Peak Performance: Coaching the Canine Athlete, Dog Health and Nutrition for Dummies and The Agility Advantage and co-author of the book Jumping From A to Z:: Teach Your Dog to Soar and the DVD Building the Canine Athlete.  In addition, Chris co-edited the first ever book on Canine Sports Medicine and Rehabilitation, which was published by the veterinary textbook publisher Wiley-Blackwell. Dr. Zink was instrumental in establishing the American College of Veterinary Sports Medicine and Rehabilitation as the newest specialty in veterinary medicine.


Anyone who has a chance to attend a seminar by Chris Zink should do so. I just attended a two-day seminar by Chris on “Coaching the Canine Athlete®” and it was very informative and well presented. Since Chris is a veterinarian who competes in agility, obedience, rally, hunt tests, tracking, and barn hunts, she is very knowledgeable about performance dogs. She stressed the importance of proper conditioning for competition including things like stretch exercises, mental conditioning etc. Chris was very approachable for questions and she sincerely cares.    —- Chris C.

This past weekend I went to see Chris Zink’s Peak Performance seminar and it was absolutely the most fantastic one I’ve ever been to (and I’ve just about seen ’em all!). If you are competing yourself or teaching students who plan to compete or train their dogs for any activity
beyond couch potato, get to this seminar! She includes great practical advice that is very simple to apply and does it with great humor and a wonderful down-to-earth delivery that makes the weekend go by in a flash. There was not one moment of the whole weekend when I started thinking “yeah, yeah, get on with it.  WOW!    —– Kathy S.

I’ll never see dogs the same way again! Our club invited Chris Zink (of this list) to give us a two-day ‘Peak Performance: Coaching the Canine Athlete®’ seminar this past weekend. In short, it was fabulous! I’ve been to many seminars, and this is one that I’d recommend as a must to anybody who competes with his/her dogs; be it obedience, agility, conformation, field etc. The seminar was very well structured, informative, interactive and well presented. Chris is such an excellent speaker!    —– Rita S.