[AU-010] Warm-Up And Cool-Down For Injury Prevention And Agility Performance Maximization

We’ve all been told at some point we should properly warm-up and cool-down our dogs. What does proper stress-free warm-up look like that ensures our canines are ready to give their best while reducing the risks of injuries? What are the consequences for rushing into an agility class or competition? How do we compensate if we’re the first on the line? What if we are the last dog at a seminar and the instructor wants to talk about the course? What do we do if we have multiple dogs running in the same class at the same jump height? How do we warm up and cool down all those dogs? How do we prepare for variations in space, footing, and time at a trial? How do you ensure your puppy is off to a great start with warm-ups? This class will address that and so much more!!!

We hear all around us the hints and tricks of how we should be warming up and cooling down our dogs. A large aspect of performance is based on how our canine partner feels physically. Having something as simple as a repeatable “general warm-up” allows up to establish a baseline so that we can readily see when something is not right. A proper warm-up program will optimize range of motion, increase muscle contractions, and increase blood flow to the muscles reducing stiffness while building mental engagement prior to our runs. As a competitor, a certified massage therapist and a FITPAWS master certified fitness trainer, Kim will discuss:

  • The importance, benefits and training fun of designing a plan
  • Tailored program design for warm up and cool down
  • Time management when working with multiple dogs and/or on a tight timeline
  • Taking your tailored program from your home to the trial site
  • And much, much more!!!

Additional Course Details

  • Faculty:
    • Kim Fuqua
  • Dates:
    • Course starts on Monday, March 9, 2020.
    • Registration closes on Monday, March 23, 2020.
    • Course material access never expires.
  • Level:
    • Open to All
  • Course Structure:
    • This course will consist of 2-3 exercises a week. Some of the exercises will build upon themselves throughout the course. We will work on designing routines for each team based on time and schedules.
      • Downloadable written instructions for each exercise
      • Video demonstrations
      • Pre-game to be ready for when class starts
      • Video review of your actual warm up
      • Access to class chat
      • Access to Faculty Office Hours
  • Equipment needed (working participants only):
    • No special equipment needed!
  • Space required (working participants only):
    • TBD, based on the needs of class members.

Course Information

Estimated Time: 6 weeks with a 1-week break

Difficulty: Open to All

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Course Instructor

Kimberly Fuqua Kimberly Fuqua Instructor
  • Enrollment in this course closed on 03/24/2020.