Benefits of Balance Training Your Dog

This week, we continue our discussion of an optimal fitness program for your dog and are highlighting the fourth component: balance training your dog.

What is balance?

According to Wikipedia, in biomechanics, balance is an ability to maintain the line of gravity (vertical line from centre of gravity) of a body within the base of support with minimal postural sway. In practical terms, we define balance as the ability to sense and control the body’s position in space, both while stationary or while moving.

Sensory inputs effecting balance

The brain receives three different types of sensory input that help determine the body’s position:

  1. Visual – feedback on what the eyes see
  2. Vestibular- feedback on what the ears sense and how these signals relate to the feeling of equilibrium
  3. Somatosensory – what we like to call the “touch” sensory input, this is feedback on pressure, vibration, and position and movement relative to other body parts, from the skin, joints, tendons, and muscles.

These three inputs work together for optimal balance and reactive skills. As you might imagine, older dogs with impaired hearing or vision are likely to have compromised balance skills.

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