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Wizard of Paws Physical Rehabilitation for Animals
Full service wellness and rehabilitation programs for your canine companion


155 Westchester Road, Colchester, CT 06415 | directions

Open Tuesday through Saturday ~ For appointment or more info call 860-267-9191 or appointment@wizardofpaws.net

Services >> Canine Physical Conditioning

We love to work with the canine athlete. If your dog competes in agility, obedience, flyball, schutzhund, tracking, water work, conformation, or is your favorite running buddy, your dog needs special attention. Your dog needs to be treated like an athlete. Every athlete requires conditioning and cross training beyond their basic level of training.

For example, an effective conformation dog needs exercise and conditioning to perform at their optimal level. A pretty face and body is one thing, but the dog needs to be conditioned! The conformation dog needs to be an excellent example of the breed and needs to look good, move well and be able to perform the task they were bred to do. Fitness is a must.

Physical Fitness For Dogs
Jeremy Kezer Canine Sports Photography

Whether your goal is finishing a championship or specialing the dog to one of the dog tops in the country, you are missing a major component if the dog is not involved in a daily fitness program. Athletic dogs need cross training and additional activities to bring them to their optimal level. Weekly appointments are recommended. Individualized programs are developed to meet the needs of your dog.

Sometimes, a more intense program is required to initially bring the dog up to a level of fitness. We take in dogs for an initial period of seven days to one month to increase their muscle mass, endurance and body condition. After an initial thorough movement analysis and evaluation, a program is developed for the dog. Programs include the underwater treadmill, hiking, land treadmill, theraball activities, cavaletti work, and other specific exercises. Typically, the dogs receive two sessions per day with a rest period sometime during the week.

For the conformation dog preparing for a large show, such as a national specialty, the Eukanuba Invitational, or Westminster, we recommend seeing them two to four weeks prior to the show.

In addition, maintenance programs can be set up anywhere from once to three times per week. We offer individualized care to each and every dog that stays with us and pride ourselves in the care we offer.

Preparing for Conformation or a National Specialty?

Consider a physical conditioning programs at Wizard of Paws

Deb & Rhom -  
We lost Moose 2 weeks ago after a great battle.  His condition was complicated by Lyme disease and he just didn't have enough strength to keep fighting. Moose, Pat and I thank you both very much for giving us an additional 8 months together. Moose was an avid swimmer right up to the end. He became quite independent and self-sufficient - he actually started taking relatively long walks (10 minutes or so) before getting tired and "flopping".
Thanks again,  
Ed, Pat & Moose (R.I.P.)