Canine Resistance Training!

By: Ashley Sculac

This past weekend, I had the privilege of presenting my first seminar to an amazing group of dog owners and trainers.

I was asked to come down and speak about weight pull and I couldn’t be more thrilled on the topic. Imagine that 😉

I first fell head over heels in love with the sport after I was introduced. I immediately saw the potential my dog possessed, not just in competition, but the potential for her life to change in countless ways. I had personally made it my mission to spread the word of such a wonderful sport!

As I dove further into the world of weight pull, I began to look at my “training” differently. I’ve been quiet lately in my dog training endeavors, but I have not been absent. I decided it was time to unveil my new material that I have been diligently in the process of creating.

I noticed a long time ago that research was lacking in the area of canine athletics, and most of it out there now is solely based upon studies done in humans. A ton of people can give you advice but very few are evidence based and have clinical research to support their advice. If anyone knows me, you will know that I need reasons “why”. I want to push and encourage the change in mindset around weight pull.

While competing is fun, it is not important to the dog. While typically, the bully breeds excel, it is not a mandatory requirement. You hear people say all the time how “healthy and fit” their dogs become as a result of the conditioning used in “weight pull”. That’s the part everyone misses or just skips over.

Weight pull isn’t the thing that creates the “lean and healthy look”.

Max effort work isn’t the way you create healthy muscles, and joints. Pulling 2,000 pounds in 14.6 seconds isn’t how you improve cardiovascular endurance or potentially change behavior in troubled dogs.

The conditioning is the magic….

and how many people push for that alone?

How many people have taken the time to teach the conditioning as a whole and break down the process? No one, and that’s because no one looks at it as such… a process in its own. The internet is full of people who give about six sentences of advice on how to do “weight pull”. I don’t want to be one of those people.

While I don’t own a kennel full of dogs who have championship blood flowing viscous in their veins or trophies mounted all over my wall, I am a dog owner. I am an owner of a dog who needed a catalyst to transform her troublesome behavior, an activity for us to bond over, and desperately needed health improvements as she was destined for an orthopedic nightmare as a result of irresponsible breeding. I am your average dog owner, and there are many like me. What about the rest of the average dog owners? Those are the dogs I wanted to reach and help.

I’ve spent hours and hours researching, collaborating with health professionals in both humans AND dogs, learning from some very well respected dog training behaviorists and trainers, and entertaining a little daydream about how I can help people see what I see.

This past weekend, I unveiled my new program and it was more successful that I could have hoped for! Canine Resistance Training (CRT) is my two part training program, with each part focuses on a specific component.

The first phase is my foundational work that includes a framework similar to human strength and conditioning programs. It is the building blocks and the most crucial component. It provides a formula for successful build up on every dog, regardless of chosen sport or lack there of. It is easy and comprehensible to owners and “user friendly”. It outlines week by week and provides the necessary structure and eliminates the room for “guessing”.

My second phase shifts focus and emphasizes performance.

The phases are in succession and if followed, will not only result in countless health improvements, but also overall increase in confidence and relationship. I want every dog to be able to benefit, not JUST the dogs who want to advance into competition. Any dog, breed, or size to benefit from low resistance work, because they truly can. I am looking forward to propelling this information forward, so that it can reach all dogs and their owners.

If you have any interest in the CRT program, contact canineresistancetraining@gmail.com for more information!

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