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importance of Warmup/Cooldown time?

Postby HappyPuppy » Sun Nov 14, 2010 12:09 pm

A couple of people lately have commented about warmups and cooldowns when exercising dogs. I used to be an athlete and never really did serious warmups or cooldowns myself... but with the plethora of ACL and other tears, I'm wondering how important that really is for dogs. I don't really work Ruby beyond fetch (shorter sprints in backyard or longer runs at the park onlead) - but we do usually just go out the back door and start playing fetch. And post playing, Ruby comes in and plops her panting self on the cool floor, which I have wondered about being less than ideal for cooldown. What are your thoughts?

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Re: importance of Warmup/Cooldown time?

Postby GSDBulldog » Sun Nov 14, 2010 12:24 pm

They are crucial, IMO.

I do a 30 minute warm-up of walking, building up to a brisk pace. I use this time to make sure my dog is completely emptied out.

Cool-downs consist of the same, but opposite. We start at a brisker pace and slow down gradually until he has stopped panting hard. I also use this time to give post work-out supplements.


I've made the mistake of skipping out on the warm-up prior to working my dog, and he suffered an injury because of it.


Depending on how long you play fetch, you may want to integrate a cool-down into the routine. I only do it when the dogs are worked hard though- generally after pulling or mill sessions.

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Re: importance of Warmup/Cooldown time?

Postby Misskiwi67 » Sun Nov 14, 2010 12:57 pm

They are just as essential for dogs as they are for people. Warm-ups and cool downs utilizing slower speeds and massage are part of the workout time for dogs in rehab...

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Re: importance of Warmup/Cooldown time?

Postby HappyPuppy » Sun Nov 14, 2010 1:45 pm

Thanks guys - yeah, GSD, your recent posts are what prompted my thoughts on this one...
I hate thought of taking an extra 2 walks around the block before and after workouts... (we do our regular walking in the morning...)

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Re: importance of Warmup/Cooldown time?

Postby BrokenAquarian » Sun Nov 14, 2010 7:44 pm

With Keela, I do a 10-20 minute mill session(with her stopping at points and/or changing speeds) then I do a 10 minute flirt pole session afterward(darting, jumping ect). Then she walks/trots around the yard for about 15 minutes before going into the house for a rest.

I hope that counts. She'll be 5 in February and has been doing this for about 2 years - no injuries yet.

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Re: importance of Warmup/Cooldown time?

Postby Loki » Mon Nov 15, 2010 9:18 am

This makes perfect sense to me as I myself am an athlete but to be honest I never though about it for my dogs. Thanks for this. Also GSDbulldog, you wrote about post workout supplement. What do you give your dogs? I have been thinking about feeding part of the dogs meal straight after a heavy session in an attempt to boost recovery. As you would with a human. Maybe some chicken and rice? What are your thoughts about food after the cooldown? Anyone?

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Re: importance of Warmup/Cooldown time?

Postby GSDBulldog » Mon Nov 15, 2010 10:05 am

Loki wrote:This makes perfect sense to me as I myself am an athlete but to be honest I never though about it for my dogs. Thanks for this. Also GSDbulldog, you wrote about post workout supplement. What do you give your dogs? I have been thinking about feeding part of the dogs meal straight after a heavy session in an attempt to boost recovery. As you would with a human. Maybe some chicken and rice? What are your thoughts about food after the cooldown? Anyone?



When I am working a dog for a show, I give amino acid supplements to aid recovery, pre and post work out. They're human grade, but as far as dog supplements- I hear good things about K9 Super Fuel and RF-1.

I feed post work out as well, but 45 minutes to an hour after wards. Generally, when the dog has cooled down completely. You risk bloat (Or, at the very least, an upset stomach) when feeding a dog directly after a work-out session. I also restrict heavy water consumption for a few minutes, or until the dog is not panting nearly as hard.

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Re: importance of Warmup/Cooldown time?

Postby Adrianne » Mon Nov 15, 2010 5:09 pm

We also integrate stretching with our dogs. A series of bending through command or manipulation. Put the dog in a sit and guide a treat above the head and behind the ears requiring the dog to stretch the neck/stomach. Then the same but opposite, treat at the chest/stomach in a sit will stretch the back of the neck and back. Then working on tight left and right turn circles. Then physically manipulating the knee/hip into a stretch out and crunch in, same for front legs.

We just do a basic jog aside from this.

A rule in Schutzhund and Flyball is you run the dog to the field and off. It's never a long jog but it moves the muscles a bit so they don't come out of their boxes at full tilt. (Yeah.. this doesn't work with dogs who'll go full tilt no matter what lol)

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Re: importance of Warmup/Cooldown time?

Postby FransterDoo » Wed Nov 17, 2010 10:42 pm

We've been experimenting with plain applesauce (the stuff with 1 ingredient - apple) post race.

After racing, typically we take the dogs out side for a short walk. Come back in and offer plain or baited water and continue to let them slow down their panting. We offer the 'sauce within 10 minutes of racing.

Warm-up time is just a couple of minutes of jogging and some tugging. I do have Hank bind and turn by doing some flirt pole type movements with his tug while we're waiting for his race.

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Re: importance of Warmup/Cooldown time?

Postby Sarah » Thu Nov 18, 2010 1:10 am

This is a new stretch I just taught Tess, for her agility runs:


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Re: importance of Warmup/Cooldown time?

Postby nic » Thu Nov 18, 2010 4:41 am

Mine get a little warm up and down masage before they work.
I also make them do stretches themselves,by spinning left and right,doing a beg,a tiptoe,(which is the one Sarah is teaching above)lol at Tess :)
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Re: importance of Warmup/Cooldown time?

Postby elegy » Thu Nov 18, 2010 3:15 pm

steve is just getting back into flyball following an iliopsoas (groin) pull, so warming up and stretching is at the very forefront of my mind (not that i didn't greatly enjoy 5 months of drastically restricted young border collie). i take him out early and trot him in circles in both directions for a few minutes to warm him up. sports vet does not like passive stretches except at the very end of the day after the racing is done. she wants all active stretching where the dog is offering the stretch- bending around to take a cookie from each hip (or just a hand target), paws up on my belly to stretch, and bow (we haven't mastered that one on command yet- especially at a place like a flyball tournament!).

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Re: importance of Warmup/Cooldown time?

Postby Adrianne » Thu Nov 18, 2010 4:12 pm

Sarah wrote:This is a new stretch I just taught Tess, for her agility runs:


Dangit she's cute.

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Re: importance of Warmup/Cooldown time?

Postby Leslie H » Thu Nov 18, 2010 9:11 pm

elegy wrote:steve is just getting back into flyball following an iliopsoas (groin) pull, so warming up and stretching is at the very forefront of my mind (not that i didn't greatly enjoy 5 months of drastically restricted young border collie). i take him out early and trot him in circles in both directions for a few minutes to warm him up. sports vet does not like passive stretches except at the very end of the day after the racing is done. she wants all active stretching where the dog is offering the stretch- bending around to take a cookie from each hip (or just a hand target), paws up on my belly to stretch, and bow (we haven't mastered that one on command yet- especially at a place like a flyball tournament!).


Could you clarify a little more, the distinction between active and passive stretching. Thank you, I'm just dense.

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Re: importance of Warmup/Cooldown time?

Postby HappyPuppy » Fri Nov 19, 2010 4:29 pm

Now, you all have cool sports dogs.... Ruby aparently has HD - I'm going to reconfirm this with the new vet, so I we just play fetch for exercise until she stops - would you do all of this stretching and cooling down for that or are you coming from heavy sporting perspectives with your replies?


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