Maintaining the Canine Athlete

Maintaining the Canine AthleteWe are very excited to announce we are hosting another Maintaining the Canine Athlete workshop, hosted by veterinary physiotherapist Hannah Michael! This full-day workshop will allow you to find the best way of keeping your canine athlete in top shape, whilst learning to spot the signs of potential problems and reducing the risk of injury.

Date & Time: Saturday 30th May 2014, 12noon – 5pm
Venue: The Elms, Milnsbridge, Huddersfield (indoor)
Cost: £60 Working Handler/Dog
£25 Spectator

This workshop is aimed at competitive dog sport owners and handlers, including those who participate in Flyball, Agility, Obedience, IPO, Working Trials, or any other canine sport.

With presentations and active participation, the Maintaining the Canine Athlete workshop will cover a range of topics including:

  • gaining a better understanding of skeletal and muscular anatomy
  • how to use warm-up techniques and stretches to the best advantage
  • gaining a better understanding of how to build and maintain fitness levels
  • increasing knowledge of gait analysis and it’s significance
  • increasing knowledge of proprioceptive training techniques & what you are looking for when using them

Handlers with working slots will be able to watch all presentations, take part in discussions, as well as actively working with their dogs on correct warm up techniques (muscular and cardiovascular), fitness assessments, limb-joint range-of-movement assessment, gait analysis, and proprioception training.

Spectators will be able to watch all presentations, observe all practical training, and take part in discussions.

You can book online here. Please note that Working spaces are limited, and will be taken on a first-come first-served basis. Your space is not confirmed until we have received payment.

Hannah MichaelAbout Hannah Michael

Hannah is a ACPAT Cat A Veterinary Physiotherapist. She qualified at the Royal Veterinary College in 2005, gaining a Masters in Veterinary Physiotherapy, and quickly became very interesting in specialising in canine rehabilitation. Hannah was a Chartered Physiotherapist for 5 years before then, which enabled her to build her clinical assessment and treatment skills. She strongly believes in a multi-disciplinary team approach to rehabilitation in dogs, and runs regular clinics at rehabilitation centres in Yorkshire and Lincolnshire. As a result she has experience treating a wide range of canine musculoskeletal and neurological disorders in all dogs and treats all dogs, from pet to performance/sports dogs, and believes education within canine rehabilitation and training is key to a more cohesive approach between professionals, which in turn provides optimal outcomes for animals. Hannah is involved in training Canine Hydrotherapists and teach on Continuing Professional Development programmes for Vets and Veterinary Nurses, and is also a guest lecturer on Animal Science degree courses.

Please note that Hannah will not be able to give individual diagnosis or medical advice at this seminar! If you have any concerns about your dog’s physical well-being, you should speak to your vet.