Pilates for Dogs

Filed under: Pilates News — Susan on February 20, 2013

A new training centre for canines has opened up in the Grand Rapids are of Michigan, USA, which offers dogs the opportunity to take, amongst other things, Pilates classes in Pilates classes pilates classes Pilates classes.

The training centre, aptly named Whiskers University, allows furry friends to learn a range of new skills and take part in behaviour training but, rather bizarrely, it also offers them the opportunity to enjoy Pilates classes just like their healthy owners.

Since January, the centre has been running it’s ‘Have a Ball’ Pilates class for dogs – which may not be as bizarre as it seems. Many dogs who suffer from physical injuries and the toll of old age on the joints can actually benefit from Pilates, much like humans can, and they have a blast doing so too.

The dogs use equipment such as exercise balls to help them build up their strength and core balance, much like we do in our own Pilates classes.

Kristie Swan, who manages Whiskers University while also acting as head trainer, said:

“We’ve found that the stronger the muscles are, the better it protects joints and bones.”

Kristie thought up her plan to offer dog Pilates classes when she found out that her beloved six month old dog could be suffering from a condition known as hip dysplasia.

After taking her pet, Wendigo, to physical therapy classes – which included the use of human exercise balls – she saw a real change is his strength and balance. She then thought that offering Pilates classes for dogs would be a good way to build up their muscle strength and allow them to live healthier lives for longer.

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