The Components of a Proper Warm-Up

warm ups Feb 10, 2017

The benefits of a proper warm-up are numerous and indisputable. As a canine sports competitor, we understand that we need to warm up our dogs before we ask them to run, jump, twist, turn, pivot, pull, catch, swim, or leap. While there are many approaches to a warm-up, we wanted to comment on the components that are vital to include in a warm up every single time.

  • What’s the most important part of our dog’s body to warm up?
  • What are the best things to do to prevent injury and give our dogs the best chance for a peak performance?
  • What exactly are the components of a proper warm-up?

When we look at what the warm-up is designed to do we can then determine how to do this. The warm-up should prepare the dog’s body for the work about to be done. The warm up involves both a general warm-up and a specific warm-up. So the exact routine will vary somewhat with agility, flyball, dock diving, protection work, conformation, or whatever the dog sport is. The general warm up...

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6 Ways a Warm Up Helps Your Dog in Competition

warm ups Jul 01, 2016

Research shows that human athletes benefit from warming up prior to workouts and competition. The same theory also applies to our dog athletes prior to exercise and training. A warm-up increases several physiological and metabolic factors. This means a good chance of a better performance and a reduction in the probability of injury.

1) Muscle and Body Temperature Increases: This makes the muscles more elastic. Muscles will contract with more force, and relax at a faster rate after a contraction. With warmer muscles, your dog’s strength and speed will be increased. A warmer body and muscle temperature will also lower the risk of a muscle pull or strain by increasing the glide of muscle fibers.

2) Increase in Heart and Respiratory Rates: This increases blood pressure so more oxygen and energy are delivered to the muscles.

3) Dilates Blood Vessels: Warming up causes the blood vessel to dilate which in turn reduces the stress that physical activity places on the heart, and...

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