Dog mobility: the ability to move
Dogs are masters of four legs. Humans are more than likely intimidated by this fact, if we really stopped to think about it. Dogs’ incredible ability to move quickly and powerfully differs among them as individuals and as breeds. Though, as humans we fail to recognize the magnitude of the role we play in our dogs’ lives. We either harness, stroke and feed their natural talents and abilities or contribute to their degradation and indirectly promote dog aging. The interconnectedness of the mind and body of dogs cannot be understated and taking care of dogs’ overall health from Day 1 is the best thing we can do to support them throughout their lives.
Dogs bodies are meant to MOVE! Not to go too far into dog physiology, but the way dogs move is obviously impressive to many people. Their uncanny ability to jump, pivot sharply and run at unparalleled speed makes humans no match. It’s no surprise that we capitalize on this fact and even make a sport of it!
Dog agility: mobility taken to the extreme
Dog agility is a unique sport in the world of sports and even more so in the world of partner and pet sports. It is equally demanding of humans in skill, talent, ability and smarts as it is of dogs. There are two players in the race through a dog agility course: the dog and their handler.
Dog agility training
Dog agility training includes different and extensive skill on both the part of the dog and handler.
The handler’s role in dog agility is to guide the dog through an obstacle course that is designed in such a way that the dog wouldn’t be able to complete it on their own. The handler, who can’t possibly keep up with the dog, uses calculated body language to signal to the dog the correct route. The dog: fit, trained and compatible with the handler, races as efficiently and effectively through the course as possible; hopefully taking a win.
Dog agility training helps seal a better bond between owner and dog, making dogs more obedient and resulting in better temperament and behavior overall. A bored dog is a bad dog and dog agility exercises both a dog’s body and mind in a way that mimics their innate instinctual mobility patterns.
We can take what we know from dog agility and remember that as dog owners we have the power and ability to greatly shape our dog’s health and life outcomes. As humans, we play an active role in our dog’s lives, at home or on the dog agility course.
Non-formal dog agility
Many people love to be active with their dog. And who can blame them? It’s part of what makes them man’s best friend. Even as a general dog owner, we can be smart and think more like a trainer by paying attention to our dog’s mobile mechanics. By observing, correcting and offering support whenever possible, we can help prevent them injury that can lead to premature aging and arthritis later in life. If you find your dog frequently jumping off cliffs while you’re hiking or trying to scramble up boulders while you’re out rock climbing, he may end up injured and with joint pain down the road. More controlled environments, such as an open and flat field, or a dog agility training course, can help reduce your dog’s risk of injury while still offering the same physical and mental exercise.
Dogs are blessed with incredible skill and ability to move in amazing ways. We are lucky enough to run, play and enjoy an active life with them. Our ability to pay attention, support and nourish their movement patterns will help ensure a pleasant and mobile life in their later years.
Dog aging: joint immobility, arthritis and pain
Later in life we become stiff. And so do our dogs. It’s a natural process as the body ages. And years of physical activity can come with a price. However, research shows that much of what leads to immobility, arthritis and pain can be prevented namely by weight management (diet and exercise). However, also important is overall general health such as proper nutrition, adequate sleep, mental and physical exercise, managing stress and relieving anxiety. Other factors, though, such as genetics (including purebred and certain breed types) and environment also play a role in the onset of age-related mobility issues.
Arthritis occurs when joint cartilage erodes and bones begin rubbing together. It can be caused by injury, aging or autoimmune disease--meaning the body destroys tissue within the joints--leading to pain and immobility. If you find your dog having symptoms of arthritis, take action so that you can help.
Products to support dog mobility
You can help your dog feel more supported and keep them from further injury by securing a few thoughtful items for your home. Lay down mats and rugs or get socks for dog’s paws so that they can get better traction on slippery surfaces. Place ramps or stairs next to anything that they need to jump up onto. And get them a soft and comfortable bed and raised food/water bowl to help support their joints and mobility throughout the day.
Make sure to feed your dog a healthy diet and provide supplements specific for joint and mobility issues. And most importantly, help to reduce inflammation in their joints by giving them hemp oil for dogs.
Dog pain relief
Easily manage your dog’s stress level and pain using all-natural and high quality CBD dog treats or hemp oil for dogs. Instead of harsh prescription medications, these compounds are naturally-occurring, highly effective and are free of negative side effects. At this stage, reducing your dog’s pain is one of if not the best things you can do to improve their quality of life.
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Whether you are the owner of a spunky puppy or an aging faithful friend, dog mobility is an important topic in your world. And you, more than anyone else, can help your dog have the most mobile life possible, just like it was always meant to be.
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