Fitness Fundamentals

What do you do to keep your dog in shape? It doesn't matter whether your dog is doing sports, is a service dog or just your best friend, fitness is as necessary for our dogs as it is for us.

Fitness is a dog’s ability to perform physical activities both static and dynamic.  These activities generally require endurance, strength, flexibility, balance and coordination as well as a general awareness of the environment those activities are being performed within. Fitness usually denotes the engagement in a combination of regular exercise and inherited talent and ability. 

Fitness is also a measure of a dog’s ability to carry out those tasks he is assigned whether in the sporting, working, service or companion arenas. That measure is one of vigor, fatigue and energy. Fitness generally measure one’s capacity for directed movement.


Degility


Degility® is a sport in Germany started a few years ago for the purpose of taming Parkour for all ages and sizes of dogs. 

Degility® is a mixture of fitness, agility and parkour.It is not a sport of speed and excitement. 

Degility® addresses precision in connection with concentration and emphasizes confidence in navigating the challenges of the equipment employing motor skills and coordination not seen in other sports.

Degility® is a combination of Agility and Mobility. It promotes concentration, confidence, coordination, strength, balance, and motor skills. Degility ensures a fit and healthy dog . 

Degility® is suitable for dogs and people of all ages . Puppies, senior dogs, dogs with three legs or other disabilities and even dogs with arthritis or other hip issues can practice Degility and succeed.

Degility® involves overcoming common and uncommon obstacles. Mazes, ramps, moving tables, suspension bridges and anything you can imagine and create.  

Degility® is recommended by physiotherapists and behavioral therapists . With Degility the quality of the life andhealth of your dog can be restored and enhanced.

Movement With Purpose

Degility® is a sport in Germany started a few years ago for the purpose of taming Parkour for all ages and sizes of dogs.It is a mixture of fitness, agility and parkour.

Degility® is not a sport of speed and excitement.It addresses precision in the doing of the exercises with connection and concentration.

Degility® emphasizes confidence in navigating the challenges of the equipment employing motor skills and coordination not seen in other sports.

Degility® introduces a dog to novel and unique experiences that our human world doesn't normally contain.   This sport is more then just a sport and affects more than just the dog. Degility® helps to create awareness of the environment, of one's body and it's parts and how they move, confidence in moving through environments and the ability to tackle anything new with alacrity and grace. Degility® teaches the human end of the relationship how their dog responds to the environment, to new things and new spaces and what can be expected with speed of learning and retention rate.

Achieved with Degility® in addition to the thrill of competition:

  • Improves flexibility, gait, agility, posture, proprioception, coordination, balance and grace
  • Teaches the dog and the human to be mindful of the environment and one's partner
  • Teaches you and your dog how to explore new and novel objects, obstacles and environments
  • Increases confidence in each other and how as a partnership you can move through the world.
  • Help with handling those fears developed because of a lack of socialization and enrichment thereby creating the ability to transfer this confidence to real world scenarios.
  • Improves and enhances the relationship and bond with your dog
  • Improves and enhances your awareness of your dog and your dog's awareness of you.

Degility® is also used in rehabilitation after injury or surgery.

Degility® as a therapy improves and promotes the flexibility, strength and agility of your dog.

Degility® includes a flexible course equipment without "diving apparatus" such as steep wall, for more "adventures devices" such as suspension bridge, labyrinth, goal or rope ladder ... Many units are suitable especially for dogs with musculoskeletal problems. Thus, for example, by simply standing the dog on the bobblehead, specifically to build the back muscles without stress on the joints.Nervous dogs learn playfully, to concentrate, and also the person learns with his dog to communicate better.

The specific exercises give dogs and owners with lots of fun and joy trusting cooperation.

  • gait improvement
  • Muscle Building
  • Concentration
  • self-confidence
Degility® is the foundation sport for Functional Agility and even though the term Degility is a registered trademark in Germany, we can use the concepts and create a method of training a dog to be the best s/he can be.

Jagility


"Jagility" is a combined word from "jagen" which in German means to hunt and "agility" which covers quick and graceful physical movements and the ability to think and draw conclusions quickly. 

Jagility is all about the cooperation between a human and a dog. The ability to hunt cooperatively has its roots in the evolution of canids of all sorts. There are many species that hunt cooperatively. Lions, wild dogs, hyenas, chimpanzees and wolves not only hunt together but are also social during non-hunting activities. Occassionally other canids such as coyotes, will cooperate in a hunt of larger game when the smaller pre they usually consume is scarce.

Cooperation and utilizing the natural abilities of a dog are the keys in this activity.

Canine Parkour

Canine Parkour is a fun way to exercise your dog using everyday objects, structural components and park furniture for agility and sport. Mental stimulation is so important for every dog, so you will learn how to use items you come across every day to make walks more fun for both you and your dog. You don’t need access to expensive agility equipment for you and your dog to have fun!

Traffic, people, other dogs, loud noises, dog parks, these are every day occurrences in the life of Parkour Canines and should be a source of confidence and positive stimulation. This class engages dogs and their owners in a positive manner and gives them the tools to tackle these challenges head on. Obedience training and urban agility exercises are combined to create a class that is as exciting as it is productive.

This is a lifestyle change for both you and your dog. Canine Parkour will equip you with the tools you need to achieve your training goals with your dog. Whether you are working with your dog for your and his health, or training for a big challenge, Canine Parkour will help motivate and inspire you to continue.

Are you up for the challenge?