Dogs also need ab workouts
Just like in humans, any form of exercise reduces the risk of injury in dogs.
This especially applies to the abdominal and back muscles which can prevent one of the most common knee injuries.
But how would you go about engaging your dog in a 10-minute ab exercise Youtube video?
Luckily it's simpler than that and you only need to focus on the exercises that strengthen the core the most - balance exercises.
Think wobble boards, see-saw or walking on a trampoline.
Running short distances is the worst exercise for ligaments with the agility sport flyball being the riskiest. 🎾
The study of 1,262 agility dogs also found that activities such as dock diving, barn hunt, nose work, or lure coursing also decreased the odds of injury.
At home, you can strengthen your dog's core by practicing position changes such as stand-sit-stand or sit-stand-down.
Tricks such as figure 8 or spin also work the core and the brain.