Lectures

Lectures vary from 1-2 hrs in length. They can be tailored to the experience level of the group. Everything is linked back to real life because they are all there underlying decisions you and your dog make every day.

Anatomy of the performance dog- front, spine, rear
This is a three part seminar looking at the bones, ligaments and muscles that are important to how your dog functions. You will learn names, landmarks and how they are connected. It is the foundation of all exercise programs, learning how to strengthen your dog and prevent injury. We will keep it light and fun.

Common conditions in puppies + prevention
Developmental conditions can change your dogs entire future. Understanding conditions like hip dysplasia, elbow dysplasia, panostitis and hock OCD gives you the opportunity to make informed choices about raising your puppy.

Behaviour and physical pain/fitness
It seems logical that pain can cause a delightful dog to display undesirable behaviours. But it goes much much further. How can we recognise pain. How can fitness influence your dogs behaviour?

Common sporting joint injuries
Fractures, Jump down injury, Cruciate ligament rupture. How they happen, how we prevent them, how we heal them if it all goes wrong.

Common sporting soft tissue injuries
Biceps tendenopathy, iliopsoas injury, muscle tear. Why we need a specific diagnosis of what tissues has been damaged to determine prognosis and treatment. We will use these examples to identify causes, complications and the treatments available. 

The mechanics behind agility- turning, springs, acceleration, deceleration
Physics can be painful but we will look at how it can enhance our training, trialing and setting your dog up with the skills to be safe and succeed. Know when your dog is effectively transferring energy and when they are attempting the impossible.

Postural muscles
These guys are the unsung heros of the dog sport world. We will explore what makes them thrive and why. Conditions that decrease their strength will also be discussed and the impact that has on the dog (and you).

Why equipment works and why it doesn’t.
Equipment isn’t magic- to get the benefit you have to A put your pet on it and B have goals and an understanding of how to reach them.
This lecture will motivate you to use your pretty toys and give you the confidence to use them.

Jumping issues- hyper extension of back, heaving over, avoiding specific approaches
What is your dog trying to tell you when it avoids a jump? What about a change in jumping style? These are potential signs of physical weakness that we can discuss and fix.

Breaking down videos- what can we see when we look at dogs in slow motion
Weaves require whole body synchronicity so it’s a great point to start analysis. Checking to see that the dog can change lead legs appropriately and assessing jumping form are just the beginning.

Advances in canine sports medicine
Total geek fest looking at recent publications and how they are influencing what we do in the world of dogs.

Ultrasound, CT, MRI, X-rays, Blood tests and beyond.

What they can and cant tell us and when are they indicated.
It can be hard to advocate for your pet when you are stressed or if it’s your first experience with injury or illness. I want to teach you what information we can get from these tests and give you the power to make informed consent to them being performed.