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There are lots of ways to improve the fitness and conditioning of athletic and working dogs. This example is of the underwater treadmill (UWTM). The UWTM offers the cardiovascular benefits of the traditional land treadmill, but adds in the resistance of water to strengthen muscles and buoyancy to reduce the stress that gravity can put on joints during exercise. In addition to conditioning healthy dogs, it is used for the rehabilitation of injured or arthritic dogs. In this short video, Search and Rescue Dog Ben gets some exercise in the UWTM. 

This beautiful young Labrador called Pacy is a disaster human remains detection dog in training. Disaster search dogs are required to climb over all kinds of debris and rubble such as after a building collapse. This type of work requires that dogs have incredible strength and agility to avoid being injured. In this photo she demonstrates an exercise called “chipmunk” which she does regularly as part of a core strengthening program.

This beautiful young Labrador called Pacy is a disaster human remains detection dog in training. Disaster search dogs are required to climb over all kinds of debris and rubble such as after a building collapse. This type of work requires that dogs have incredible strength and agility to avoid being injured. In this photo she demonstrates an exercise called “chipmunk” which she does regularly as part of a core strengthening program.