The dangers of over-exercising in the canine athlete

by Luisa Dormer and Alison Wills EXERCISING dogs is critical to maintaining and optimising their health and welfare, however, dogs that are exercised inappropriately may be predisposed to injury. Whilst this is true of any dog, it is particularly prudent to ensure that an appropriate exercise programme is developed for those dogs undertaking sporting activities. There is little evidence for appropriate fitness programmes for sports dogs; furthermore, the requirements for any exercise programme will be dependent upon both the individual and the sporting activity. The requirements of dogs competing in different disciplines varies, hence exercise programmes must be tailored to...

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