CC210: Strengthening for Structural Weaknesses

Instructor: Debbie Gross

Course Details

One of the most important things we could do for our dog is understand their weaknesses, and all dogs do have a weakness, and do things to improve that weakness.  It may be behavioral or physical.  This course will focus on helping with the physical and structural weaknesses that your dog may have.  Whether it is a long back, canine hip dysplasia, weak pasterns, or a propensity to put too many extra pounds on, we want to do whatever we can to ‘stack’ the cards in the dogs’ behavior. Our goal is always to help our dogs live the best quality of life for the longest time possible.  

Gold students will have the opportunity to talk about their own dogs, participate in homework assignments, and come up with game plans to make sure the dog lives the best quality of life for the longest time possible.  And that quality of life may be inclusive of a high level athlete, enjoying life on a porch, or hiking with their best friend!  We discuss the best activities for different types of dogs.  Students will have the opportunities to put recognize weaknesses in their own dog and develop a specific program for their own dogs.  


Next class session starts: February 01, 2015

Registration starts: January 22, 2015 9am PST

Registration ends: February 15, 2015 9am PST

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Week 1

  • Introduction to Basic Structure of the Dog
  • What are Weaknesses in the Dog’s Structure
  • Identifying Any Weaknesses in Your Dog

Week 2

  • Hip Dysplasia – What is It and What Can You Do To Make a Difference
  • Elbow Dysplasia – What is It and What Can You Do To Make a Difference

Week 3

  • Straight Fronts and Straight Rears 
  • How Can We Identify Straight Fronts and Rears
  • What Are The Ideal Exercises and Activities for These Dogs

Week 4

  • Focus on Long and Short Back Dogs
  • Exercises and Activities for This Group of Dogs
  • Ewe Necks

Week 5

  • Hypermobility – Too Much Mobility
  • Hypomobility – Too Little Motion
  • Slipped Hocks and What We Can Do

Week 6

  • Activities Best for the Different Structural Weaknesses
  • Putting Together a Program of Prevention to Decrease the Incidence of Problems

Prerequisites and Equipment