The 5 Fitness Components

A physically fit dog is conditioned in five areas. As canine conditioning coaches, we look at fitness as a whole, addressing each of the components with targeted exercises.

Many exercises demonstrated in this book will benefit more than one of the fitness components at the same time.




Flexibility is the ability to move joints through a complete range of motion. We increase a dog’s flexibility through stretching exercises that lengthen the muscles.


Balance is the dog’s ability to evenly distribute ...

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