We first introduced the concept of Aquatic Conditioning in our widely popular blog post 8 Reasons To Exercise Your Dog In A Pool Most people have heard of aquatic (or aqua) therapy. Something primarily used for low impact, low intensity water based exercise. Often for sick, senior or injured dog's and people. The primary focus of Aquatic Conditioning is optimum health and improved athletic performance.
Resistance, Assistance (buoyancy), and Instability make aquatic conditioning so unique and effective and no other conditioning platform can provide all three. Developed under the guidance of Eve Pugh DVM, CVA, CCRP and taught by Martial ARFS owner Jeris Pugh, this course will teach you how to use your pool, a lake, or the ocean to improve your dog's health or performance, like you never thought possible.
Learn The Elements Of Aquatic Conditioning:
- Resistance: How the water efficiently strengths muscles during any motion.
- Assistance: How water buoyancy makes some movement easier, but other movements harder.
- Instability: How the water surface provides constant movement even if your dog is stable.
Learn The Categories Of Aquatic Conditioning:
- Movement: Aquatic conditioning movement exercises build Strength, Coordination, and drive.
- Balance: Aquatic conditioning balance exercise cannot be duplicated on land, and are safe should your dog fall.
- Jump: Conditioning jump training builds power by requiring push through the water, but reduces impact when landing.
Learn Over 30 Different Aquatic Conditioning Exercises:
- 1. Underwater Platform Movement Exercises: Including underwater cavaletti's, backward and lateral walking, hindlimb 360's, and more!
- 2. In Water Movement Exercises: Including spinning, turning, and weaving, and more!
- 1. Balance/Underwater Platform Exercises: Reverse Sit To Stand, push ups, and more!
- 2. On Water Balance Exercises: Lateral & Circular Weight Shifts, Sit/Down to Stand, spinning, turning, and more!
- 1. Underwater Platform Exercises: Straight, double, and diagonal jumps, 360 jumps, jumps for height and distance, and more!
- 2. In Water Jump Exercises: Swim to jumps, toy jumps and backside jumps, and more!
Aquatic Conditioning platform jumping increases power as a result of your dog pushing through the resistance of the water. As well, the buoyancy helps to minimize the concussive forces of landing after a jump. In this example, Rue builds from one, to two, to three jumps in a row. Multiple jumps provide a greater challenge and great conditioning results.