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Kyra's Canine Conditioning is designed to build on important life skills, such as confidence, strength, coordination, mental focus, and following directions. Featuring all new material, world-renowned trainer Kyra Sundance introduces activities that will strengthen each of these skills in your dog. Learn innovative ways to work with props, such as hoops, balls, FitPAWS inf Kyra's Canine Conditioning is designed to build on important life skills, such as confidence, strength, coordination, mental focus, and following directions. Featuring all new material, world-renowned trainer Kyra Sundance introduces activities that will strengthen each of these skills in your dog. Learn innovative ways to work with props, such as hoops, balls, FitPAWS inflatables, and Klimb pedestals. Through this book, you will: Learn how to evaluate a dog’s physiology, and develop and execute a customized conditioning plan. Acquire the skills to improve a dog’s fitness through five components: coordination, stamina, balance, strength, and flexibility. Improve a dog’s confidence, mental focus, and direction-following skills through targeted games. Physical fitness is just as important for dogs as it is for people. Keeping dogs fit and healthy can increase their lifespan and limit vet visits as they get older. It reduces the risk of sports-related injury, joint problems, and arthritis. Dogs who are conditioned and healthy tend to live happier and more playful lives. A program of games and canine conditioning makes fitness fun for both you and your dog! This program conditions dogs through a series of games that are both a great physical foundation for dogs who want to pursue sports and a great way to easily condition dogs that are your average couch potato. Through these conditioning games, you will see a physical and mental transformation in your dog. Thanks to the versatility of the games, a dog of any age can improve their health and fitness. Puppies can benefit from the coordination, confidence, and mental focus games while elderly dogs can work on their strength, balance, and direction-following skills. There is something for every owner and every dog. These games challenge your dog to experiment with different ideas to accomplish a goal. Your dog will get the exercise they need while building stamina, balance, hind end coordination, mental focus, and improving their overall athletic skills. Working cooperatively with your dog in a positive way will be a wonderful bonding experience, and your dog will bask in your attention and pride in him. This book will educate you on dog physiology, and ways to stretch and condition a dog, but it is not meant as a replacement for veterinary advice or diagnosis. Understand the boundaries of your role as a coach, and refer dogs to the proper medical and professional specialists when needed. Also by Kyra Sundance, learn to do even more with your dog with: 101 Dog Tricks; The Dog Tricks and Training Workbook; 51 Puppy Tricks; 10-Minute Dog Training Games; 101 Dog Tricks, Kids Edition; Dog Training 101; The Pocket Guide to Dog Tricks; and The Joy of Dog Training.


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Kyra's Canine Conditioning is designed to build on important life skills, such as confidence, strength, coordination, mental focus, and following directions. Featuring all new material, world-renowned trainer Kyra Sundance introduces activities that will strengthen each of these skills in your dog. Learn innovative ways to work with props, such as hoops, balls, FitPAWS inf Kyra's Canine Conditioning is designed to build on important life skills, such as confidence, strength, coordination, mental focus, and following directions. Featuring all new material, world-renowned trainer Kyra Sundance introduces activities that will strengthen each of these skills in your dog. Learn innovative ways to work with props, such as hoops, balls, FitPAWS inflatables, and Klimb pedestals. Through this book, you will: Learn how to evaluate a dog’s physiology, and develop and execute a customized conditioning plan. Acquire the skills to improve a dog’s fitness through five components: coordination, stamina, balance, strength, and flexibility. Improve a dog’s confidence, mental focus, and direction-following skills through targeted games. Physical fitness is just as important for dogs as it is for people. Keeping dogs fit and healthy can increase their lifespan and limit vet visits as they get older. It reduces the risk of sports-related injury, joint problems, and arthritis. Dogs who are conditioned and healthy tend to live happier and more playful lives. A program of games and canine conditioning makes fitness fun for both you and your dog! This program conditions dogs through a series of games that are both a great physical foundation for dogs who want to pursue sports and a great way to easily condition dogs that are your average couch potato. Through these conditioning games, you will see a physical and mental transformation in your dog. Thanks to the versatility of the games, a dog of any age can improve their health and fitness. Puppies can benefit from the coordination, confidence, and mental focus games while elderly dogs can work on their strength, balance, and direction-following skills. There is something for every owner and every dog. These games challenge your dog to experiment with different ideas to accomplish a goal. Your dog will get the exercise they need while building stamina, balance, hind end coordination, mental focus, and improving their overall athletic skills. Working cooperatively with your dog in a positive way will be a wonderful bonding experience, and your dog will bask in your attention and pride in him. This book will educate you on dog physiology, and ways to stretch and condition a dog, but it is not meant as a replacement for veterinary advice or diagnosis. Understand the boundaries of your role as a coach, and refer dogs to the proper medical and professional specialists when needed. Also by Kyra Sundance, learn to do even more with your dog with: 101 Dog Tricks; The Dog Tricks and Training Workbook; 51 Puppy Tricks; 10-Minute Dog Training Games; 101 Dog Tricks, Kids Edition; Dog Training 101; The Pocket Guide to Dog Tricks; and The Joy of Dog Training.

32 review for Kyra's Canine Conditioning: Peak Performance • Injury Prevention • Coordination • Flexibility • Rehabilitation

  1. 4 out of 5

    Kerrie Hoar

    In Canine Conditioning, Kyra discusses the importance of conditioning your dog and the anatomy of different breed types that affect their performance, flexibility and susceptibility to injury.  The rest of the book is split into four sections - Level I through IV.  Each section includes exercises increase Flexibility, followed by activities to increase Balance, Stamina, Coordination and Strength.  Each level is more challenging than the next. Throughout the book, the importance of starting slowly In Canine Conditioning, Kyra discusses the importance of conditioning your dog and the anatomy of different breed types that affect their performance, flexibility and susceptibility to injury.  The rest of the book is split into four sections - Level I through IV.  Each section includes exercises increase Flexibility, followed by activities to increase Balance, Stamina, Coordination and Strength.  Each level is more challenging than the next. Throughout the book, the importance of starting slowly and making everything a very positive experience with verbal and food rewards is emphasized.  The book is filled with illustrations and photographs showing proper procedures and demonstrations of all activities.  However, I did find two major negative aspects to this book. First, as the owner of a dog whose hind leg was amputated, I would really have liked to have seen some activities that I could use to boost his flexibility, balance, stamina, coordination and strength.  It is so important that an amputee dog retain as much flexibility and strength as possible in its remaining limbs in order to prevent injuries and joint deterioration.  I was disappointed that this book did not take the opportunity to include special needs dogs.  Perhaps, she will write a similar book dedicated to this topic.   Second, all of the activities included props that need to be purchased.  Some of these items are very expensive.  The FitBone, for example, is $75.00.  Several activities in the book involve the use of six FitBones.  The Platform is $160 - with activities that utilize four to six of these at a time.  Some of the  rainbow-colored ladders and scatter poles could be replaced with cheap PVC poles and elbows purchased from a home improvement store.  However, it would be much more difficult to find cheaper replacements for some items, such as the FitBones.  This fact is a huge financial deterrent for many dog owners.  I can only assume that the author intends that readers of this book purchase these items; therefore, making her program financially impossible for many dog owners to implement.   For the two reasons above, I have rated this book 3 stars.  I really liked the other aspects fo the book, so, had some mention of special needs dogs and ideas for ways to reduce the cost of the equipment been mentioned in this book, I would have rated it 4 stars. (NetGalley ebook -  I received a complimentary advanced reader copy of this book through NetGalley. Opinions expressed in this review are completely my own.)

  2. 5 out of 5

    Tabby

    This book isn't as good as Kyra Sundance's trick books. There's some really good things to take away from this but there's also quite a few problems. My main issue is that Ms Sundance doesn't have any technical qualifications in dog conditioning and advocates weight pulling (it's in the book). There's nothing wrong with weight pulling but it should be done by only the fittest dogs under carefully controlled conditions. The book also suggests lifting your dog onto paw pods, it would be much easie This book isn't as good as Kyra Sundance's trick books. There's some really good things to take away from this but there's also quite a few problems. My main issue is that Ms Sundance doesn't have any technical qualifications in dog conditioning and advocates weight pulling (it's in the book). There's nothing wrong with weight pulling but it should be done by only the fittest dogs under carefully controlled conditions. The book also suggests lifting your dog onto paw pods, it would be much easier and more fun for your dog to learn this through shaping or even luring.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Hayley

    This book requires a huge outlay of money for equipment. There is very little training involved, and instead the limited instructions just call to manually manipulate your dog through the excersises. Save your money and put it towards going to see a trainer who specialises in canine conditioning and rehabilitation instead.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Elizabeth

    Very informative! Unlike Kyra's trick books, I feel a lot of these exercises were only able to be done not only with specific and expensive equipment, but multiples of the equipment... I have no problem investing in one Fitbone, but not five or six ($500+ for that many)... Very informative! Unlike Kyra's trick books, I feel a lot of these exercises were only able to be done not only with specific and expensive equipment, but multiples of the equipment... I have no problem investing in one Fitbone, but not five or six ($500+ for that many)...

  5. 4 out of 5

    Cristie Underwood

    This book was filled with great tips to bond with your dog while also keeping them physically healthy. I am definitely going to be using many of the exercises with my 3 dogs!

  6. 5 out of 5

    Irene McHugh

    How useful did I find this book? After reading the library copy I had borrowed, I bought it for future reference. Five qualities, in particular, were appealing to me as a dog mom to two Australian Labradoodles who are high energy pups requiring daily walks, obedience training, trick training, and anything else I can work in for brain games and energy drainage. 1.Logical organization of four levels of fitness for your dog. 2.Within each level, there are five core areas to focus on: Flexibility, Bala How useful did I find this book? After reading the library copy I had borrowed, I bought it for future reference. Five qualities, in particular, were appealing to me as a dog mom to two Australian Labradoodles who are high energy pups requiring daily walks, obedience training, trick training, and anything else I can work in for brain games and energy drainage. 1.Logical organization of four levels of fitness for your dog. 2.Within each level, there are five core areas to focus on: Flexibility, Balance, Stamina, Coordination, and Strength. The format makes it easy for me to assess how I'm addressing my dogs' fitness needs. Just by scanning the table of contents, I knew that in terms of stamina, we were not doing well. 3. A colorful format filled with graphics and photos that makes scanning easy. This last one is particularly important when you're actually trying to do some of these exercises with your dog. 4. Solid explanations of the benefits of particular exercises, along with step-by-step photos showing how to perform the exercises. 5. Many of the exercises integrate trick training, which we love! Strengthening my bond with my dogs is important to me, so these exercises let me do even more with them. The biggest criticism of this book that I've read is the price tag for various pieces of equipment. FitBones are not cheap. The rainbow ladder sold on Kyra Sundance's Do More With Your Dog website costs $159, so I totally appreciate that major concern. I've been finding and testing alternative pieces of equipment at much better prices. Some I've found on Amazon, while others I've sourced locally through dog trainers who sell equipment they make. Don't forget to check yard sales and thrift stores too. Plus Facebook's Marketplace. Depending on your motivation and comfort level, you might be happy with integrating some of the exercises in this book for the overall health benefits for your dog. If you're fired up for fitness, you can earn canine conditioning fitness titles through DMWYD. I feel pretty fortunate that Tucsonans have A Loyal Companion, a canine fitness, wellness, and swimming center. Our dogs learned to swim there, and after reading about the benefits of hydrotherapy in Canine Conditioning, I finally decided to commit to taking our dogs in once a week for a 30-minute swim session. Our youngest dog took a Super Puppy Class there that genuinely helped her with her hind-end awareness and overall coordination. All of the exercises I recall learning during Super Puppy Class are ones described in Kyra's book with the added benefit of not having to buy the equipment. If you don't have a pawesome canine recreation center where you live, and you'd like some help with the exercises or want to earn the fitness titles, you can check the Do More With Your Dog website for a list of Certified Instructors/Coaches by state with their email address. Keep checking back on that list too. After publishing Canine Conditioning, Do More With Your Dog released an online master class for anyone who would like to be a Canine Conditioning Fitness Coach, so the number of certified coaches should grow a bit more over time.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Steff Fox

    | Reader Fox Blog | I have to admit, when I picked up Kyra's Canine Conditioning by Kyra Sundance, I was not expecting a book filled with pictures. And while I won't say that this is an inherently bad thing about the book and many of the pictures were useful, I don't think they were all necessary and I would have much preferred more writing and explanations for various aspects of the sorts of activities described in the book. I'm by no means an expert dog trainer and I've only ever seriously | Reader Fox Blog | I have to admit, when I picked up Kyra's Canine Conditioning by Kyra Sundance, I was not expecting a book filled with pictures. And while I won't say that this is an inherently bad thing about the book and many of the pictures were useful, I don't think they were all necessary and I would have much preferred more writing and explanations for various aspects of the sorts of activities described in the book. I'm by no means an expert dog trainer and I've only ever seriously participated in training a dog with my new puppy recently so I cannot fully account for the usefulness of this book for those who are seriously invested in their dog's training, however, I can say that this book does appear to be one that would be far more useful to those who have a large amount of time to dedicate to training and not something I would recommend to the typical dog owner. Many of the activities portrayed in this book were very interesting and several are definitely things I would like to, at some point in the future, try with my puppy. I do think that it is possible to find this information in other books, of course, and aside from the descriptive dog stretching, I didn't really find anything excessively new that I hadn't gotten from somewhere else to make this book unique. Even so, it was a good read and definitely had some helpful tips regarding how to teach your dog various new tricks. My biggest gripe, however, with Kyra's Canine Conditioning lies in the fact that much of the material she uses is incredibly expensive. There's an implication that the reader should be spending an excessive amount of money on all of this equipment and the average dog owner simply may not have the funds for such expenses. I certainly don't. Naturally, I don't think that readers would have to use this costly equipment, but the implication that they should is definitely present throughout the book. I think that there are parts of the book that were useful, but overall I didn't see it as a book that I would turn to a friend of mine with a dog and recommend. It has some good tips, but I think there are better books out there and much of this information can be more easily found online anyway. I was provided a free copy of this book via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. | Instagram | Twitter | Reader Fox Blog | Bloglovin’ | Facebook |

  8. 5 out of 5

    Karen

    I was really curious about this book because I have two dogs with musculoskeletal issues - one cervical, one thoracic - and I hope I'd discover a few exercises to help my boys. There is so much information here! Exercises focus on flexibility, balance, stamina, coordination and strength and are grouped into four levels, increasing in difficulty, so the reader can choose what best suits their dog's current skills and ability. Each exercise is clearly explained along with photographic illustration I was really curious about this book because I have two dogs with musculoskeletal issues - one cervical, one thoracic - and I hope I'd discover a few exercises to help my boys. There is so much information here! Exercises focus on flexibility, balance, stamina, coordination and strength and are grouped into four levels, increasing in difficulty, so the reader can choose what best suits their dog's current skills and ability. Each exercise is clearly explained along with photographic illustrations. Very handy reference for any dog lover! Thank you to Quarto Publishing Group – Quarry and Netgalley for the opportunity to read this book in exchange for my honest review.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Stevie Tucker

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