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Core conditioning 

I have used Core Conditioning exercise programmes to help dogs with the following:

  • Arthritis

  • Ataxia

  • Back Pain

  • Cruciate - conservative management

  • Dysplasia (Hip and Elbow)

  • Muscle Atrophy

  • Undiagnosed lameness

two golden retrievers running towards the camera over short parkland

I am a Core Conditioning Coach for the Canine Conditioning Academy. The exercise programmes I offer are research-based, scientifically proven and designed to develop a dog’s core strength. The programmes include stretching as well as focussed, walking paced movement on stable, non-slip surfaces.


The aim is to improve flexibility, balance, and coordination. The priority is to do each exercise with the correct form and posture to ensure reliable and repeatable results. The programmes improve nervous communication to the hind limbs, protecting against or correcting for age related muscular atrophy which is why so many older, arthritic dogs benefit. 

Each dog is assessed against a standard set of stretch and strength moves and this informs the personalisation of the Canine Conditioning Academy programmes to address observed weaknesses and anticipated risks based on lifestyle and owner expectations. The programmes are not intended to be physiotherapy in the conventional sense as the exercises are focussed on whole body balance and core strength work rather than focussing on specific rehabilitation after an injury or surgery. 

I have a number of blogs that might be of interest:

A number of clients have provided testimonials and case studies that might be of interest. You can see them here

You can find out how I deliver the programmes here

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