In any conditiong and fitness program there are fundamentals that should be maintained on a nearly daily basis. This is as true for our dogs as it is for us. There are four basic components to building a canine athlete that mirror what we as humans should also do: nutrition, strength, endurance, and flexibility.

High quality food, balanced with the nutrients science has shown us that dogs need is the first ingredient. There are numerous websites out there that talk about canine nutrition, just google them and read up. Don't take the reviews by the dog food companies themselves as they will gloss over the fact that kibble (dried food) is processed much like our junk food is and the nutrients often have to be added back in to satisfy the needs of the dog. You can see this in the ingredient lists on most kibble based dog food.

Strength training should always be done in short 5 to 10 minute sessions. You are creating an athlete not an icon of muscle. Strenght built through appropriate activity is more flexible, contains more stamina and builds the muscles in line with the activities. Up and down hill running, stairs and even ladders can build the muscles necessary for a demanding sport like Parkour.

Endurance training is building sustained stamina for each activity that your dog will be asked to do. It is not just aerobics. Exercises can include distance running, accompanying you on a jog, or distance swimming. Fetch and fetch tug can also build up the endurance and stamina necessary to navigate a series of obstacles safely and with speed. Like all other aspects of any training plan, doing things on a gradient is extremely important. Pulled tendons and even broken bones can occur when you push your dog too hard.

Your dog will greatly benefit in his performance in any sport through strength and endurance training, but event training is specific to the particular sport in which your dog competes. While all sports require an agile body and general soundness, you will need to determine where your dog needs the most work in his particular sport and practice in those areas. For Parkour these areas are in running, dodging, quick starts and stops, taking off and landing, balance and coordination, body awareness in particular the rear end, and a general warm-up and cool-down routine that keeps your dog injury free.

Core Strength

  1. Leap Frog Jogging
  2. Leaping Targets
  3. Jumping Jacks
  4. Stairs/slopes Up and Down
  5. Sit Pretty to Tall to Dance

In Training




Standard Parkour

Tucker

Brinkley


Jumpers Parkour


Creative Parkour