The Dog to the Brush!
Part 2 - Isometrics in Husbandry
An idea travelling from Germany to Scotland an beyond
In summer 2018, I was able to spend three months with Claire Staines from Lothlorien Dog Services as a part of the European exchange programme Erasmus for Young Entrepreneurs. The programme is all about the exchange of ideas and best practices between host and new entrepreneur, looking at these ideas with a fresh eye and adapting them to suit local requirements.
The German dog trainer and behaviourist Ute Blaschke-Berthold transferred the Isometrics from human physiotherapy to behavioral work with dogs. Her idea was influenced by Kayce Cover’s protocol for body targets.
The Isometrics travelled in my tool box from Germany to Scotland and Claire creatively developed them to suit her client’s needs.
Isometric Exercises - putting your dog under pressure
In the Isometric Exercises, you use the palm of your hand to build pressure on a group of your dog’s muscles and use the effect that your dog in turn must also build up pressure to stay in balance. Through the tension of the muscles and the subsequent relaxation, the muscles are gently trained.
In part 1 Isometric Exercises – putting your dog under pressure you can find the protocol.