Coaching the Canine Athlete - 2 day seminar



Saturday 2nd December 2017 and Monday 4th December 2017


$330 (for two days),

$200 (single day).

Booking deposit : $130/- This option is no longer valid as the full balance of the spot is now due.

By purchasing your spot in this seminar you agree to the terms and conditions of the seminar stated below. An application for a demonstration dog spot is available on the Coaching the Canine Athlete Sydney seminar facebook group in the files section. Please complete and return this form ONLY IF you like to be considered for a demo dog spot.

By purchasing your spot you also agree to be added to our email list for Seminar Updates. You can opt in on the email list via a link in the Facebook page

Venue: Federation Pavilion, Castle Hill NSW

This two-day seminar is full of new information about the canine athlete and is updated continuously as new information becomes available. Each day consists of two to three modules, with each module consisting of a lecture and discussion period followed by demonstrations and activities with participants’ dogs. There will be a limited number of demonstration dog spots available.

Demonstration dog spot selection process

All participants are invited to submit their dogs for selection to be a demo dog. Dogs must be under effective control, with no phobias of people, noise or other dog reactivity. They must also be healthy with no injuires or orthopedic issues.

Upon the purchase of a lecture spot, you will be emailed an application form to compltee with yours and your dog's details.

The selection processs is not on a first ccome first served basis but will be primarily driven to provide a large variety of dogs for audience analysis.

Dogs that are selected will pay an additional $80/- for both days (ie $40 additional per day) An invoice will be sent to you for payment once demonstration dogs have been selected.


Terms & Conditions of booking

The payment of the initial booking deposit entitles you to consideration for allocation of a place in the Coaching the Canine Athlete 2 day seminar.

The number of places in the seminar is limited and will be allocated once registration closes on 31st August 2018. Unsuccessful applicants will be refunded their initial deposits.

Once all successful applicants have been confirmed on 31st August, all booking deposits paid are non refundable and non transferable.

Final date for payment of the balance of the cost of your place is 30th September 2017 to:

Account name: Game On Dogs

BSB: 032 016 Account No: 39 4039

Please include in your bank payment reference: Your name

Please email payment details to

Waiver and Release of Liability

By booking this spot you acknowledge that the sport of dog training brings with it the risk of injury to both dog and handler and as consideration for the right to participate in this seminar, I hereby knowingly and voluntarily enter into this waiver and release of liability and hereby waive any and all rights, claims or causes of action of any kind whatsoever arising out of my participation in this seminar.

The organiser and Dr Chris Zink reserve the right to request the departure of any attendee that is considered not to be behaving appropriately. In this instance, the attendee will agree to leave and to the forfeiture of monies paid..

About Chris:

Chris is a consultant on canine sports medicine who presents Coaching the Canine Athlete seminars worldwide and designs individualized rehabilitation and conditioning programs for canine athletes. She is the award-winning author of the books Peak Performance: Coaching the Canine Athlete, Dog Health and Nutrition for Dummies and The Agility Advantage and co-author of the book Jumping From A to Z:: Teach Your Dog to Soar and the DVD Building the Canine Athlete. She co-edited the first ever book on Canine Sports Medicine and Rehabilitation, which was published by the veterinary textbook publisher Wiley-Blackwell. Dr. Zink was instrumental in establishing the American College of Veterinary Sports Medicine and Rehabilitation as the newest specialty in veterinary medicine. She presents seminars worldwide.

Chris is a board-certified specialist in Veterinary Pathology (DACVP) and Veterinary Sports Medicine and Rehabilitation (DACVSMR) and she has additional training in Canine Rehabilitation (CCRT), Veterinary Spinal Manipulation Therapy or Chiropractic (CVSMT) and Canine Acupuncture (CVA).

Overview of Coaching the Canine Athlete Seminar

Day 1 Lecture Topics
Beyond Conformation –Canine Structure and Its Importance for Performance
• Introduction to the musculoskeletal system
• Conformation myths
• Effects of spaying/neutering on structure and health
• Understanding your dog’s physical advantages and disadvantages for performance
• How to evaluate your own dog’s front and rear angulation
• Dewclaws and tails – their use in performance
• How you can use your dog’s structure to maximize performance
• How to pick a performance puppy
All demo dogs will have their structure analyzed in groups with help from Chris Zink
Canine Locomotion • Gaits (walk, trot, canter, gallop) – what they look like and how they are used in performance
• How dog gaits differ from horse gaits
• Pacing, crabbing – why they are not ideal gaits and how to retrain
• How to train your dog to gait on cue so as to improve performance and reduce the risk
of injuries
• The use of ground poles for whole-body conditioning

Day 2
Gait will be analyzed in approximately 1/3 of demo dogs (selected by Chris Zink to cover the widest variation in gaits)
How to train gaits will be demonstrated in detail using one dog selected by Chris Zink

Conditioning the Canine Athlete for Injury Prevention (continuing on Day 2)

The five components of a fitness program for canine athletes
• Appropriate ages to begin strength and conditioning exercises

• Strength exercises that target specific areas of the body
• How to modify intensity, frequency, duration of training during the week and season
• Conditioning for specific muscle groups

• All demo spot dogs practice strength exercises that target the core, front limbs, and rear limbs
• All demo spot dogs practice body awareness and warm up exercises
Demonstration participant dogs will demonstrate their own conditioning exercises for class discussion as to what muscles the exercise targets

Day 2 Lecture Topics

Tips and Tricks for Detecting Injuries Before Your Dog Becomes Lame

• The importance of early recognition of injuries
• Common causes of injuries
• How to use simple observation tools and training sequences to test your dog’s
musculoskeletal health
• The most common injuries in canine athletes and what to do about them
• Abundant videos will be shown in slow motion to demonstrate changes in performance that might indicate that the dog is experiencing pain or discomfort

Select demo dogs will be used to demonstrate how to perform a lameness evaluation.
All participants will participate in detecting which leg the dog is lame on
All demo dog participants will practice a few techniques on their dogs for early detection of

Jumping and JumpTraining
• Biomechanics of jumping
• Training jumping from puppies to adults
• Lead legs – what they are, why they are important, and how to train your dog to use them appropriately
• Jumping problems – what causes them and how to fix them
• All demo dogs will be used to demonstrate the ABCs of jump training, from 8 weeks of
age to world team agility jumpers


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