In the world of dog competition, Inde is another amazing canine athlete! She is a 6-year-old Belgian Malinois, owned and loved by her handler, Michon Mills. Michon owns and loves a total of four Belgian Malinois dogs: Inde, almost 2-yr-old Venice, 3-yr-old Ironic, and 16-week-old Zing. She also owns a 1-yr-old Bengal cat named Ghraidh (pronounced graw) and a 15-week-old Bengal cat named Dhlieas (pronounced dill-ee-us). They like to think they are performance dogs, too. Both have quite the personalities and are learning to be athletes, too.
Her dogs compete in dock diving, agility, disc, and Ringsport (monitoring, a protection sport). And they have also participated in a K9 Gladiator event as a team. This event included running and obstacles.
Different Dog Competitions Requires Different Preparation
As far as knowledge and ability to perform in specific sports, different activities require different preparation. The dog must be proficient in the activity it is participating in. But as far as conditioning, all sports and activities require that a dog be in prime, physical shape to be successful and to minimize injury.
The world of dog competition includes these different sports:
- Dock Diving/Jumping
- Fly Ball
- K9 Gladiator
What Matters Most in Dog Competition
For your dog to perform well in the competitive world, first and foremost, there must be a relationship built with your dog. Secondly, you must be proficient in your engagement with your dog. You must have solid obedience and control as their handler.
Before Dog Competition
Your dog should eat a proper diet, rest, condition, and stretch on a daily basis. But on the day of competition and before an event, your dog should:
- Maintain their fuel level by eating a balanced diet throughout the day
- Rest (mentally and physically)
- Maintain their physical condition
- Stretch minimally and warm-up
Inde eats a balanced, high protein diet and also uses MVP K9 Muscle Builder.
After Dog Competition
Every handler helps their dog recover after an event by stretching, cooling down, and refueling with food and supplements.
But Michon also uses the Spectra Therapy Canine Wearable LASERwrap® before and after activities.
Inde wears the Spectra Therapy Canine Wearable LASERwrap® for an hour before and after events. (Michon has also used the wrap on her own back to minimize her back pain).
When Inde uses the Spectra Therapy Canine Wearable LASERwrap®, she jumps to her potential. She has proper form when jumping, too. Michon attributes this success to the LASERwrap® because Inde is rested and pain-free with minimal inflammation.
Are You Interested in the Benefits of the Spectra Therapy Canine LASERwrap® for Your Dog?
If you’re interested in the benefits of the Spectra Therapy Canine Wearable LASERwrap® for your canine athlete before or after dog competition, contact Michon Mills. She is a distributor for this beneficial tool and will gladly answer your questions about it or how it benefits her dog Inde.
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