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Finding a common pace

For a few years now, “fitness training with two sticks” has been enjoying increasing popularity. Because with this mixture of cross-country skiing and walking, not only the legs but also arm, shoulder, chest, stomach and trunk muscles are trained and endurance, flexibility, coordination and metabolic activity are promoted.

Sticks and leash at the same time do not work

The fact that so far only a few dog owners have been Nordic walking is mainly due to the fact that their dog pulls them around, the sticks get caught with a dog leash or waist belt, or dogs do what they want without a leash, and joggers and cyclists harass other people .

Nordic walking leash as an alternative

But because this sport in particular is a great compensation training for big and small, young and older four-legged friends, dog trainer Joachim Füger has not only developed a special Nordic walking leash for dog owners, he also offers special courses in his dog school. They are led by his wife Tina, who is a state-certified sports teacher, physiotherapist and Nordic walking instructor. She has put together the most important tips for us. The right equipment: – Two carbon fiber poles that are as continuous as possible with a hand strap. Correct pole length: right angle between the upper arm and forearm when the pole is straight on or height x 0.7 = pole length in centimeters

– A special Nordic walking shoe or a conventional walking, jogging or trekking shoe is suitable as a shoe. He should be a stable one

Have lasts so that a clean foot guidance and rolling movement is guaranteed.

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– Functional clothing in a layer system is recommended as clothing.

– Two drinking bottles (one for the dog, one for the owner) in a hip belt or small backpack.

– Treats for four-legged friends.

– On the special leash, Lazy Lead Nordic Walker, which can be adjusted to the size of the dog, the dog can easily walk along on the wrist. The movement of the arms is not disturbed, the dog is automatically controlled during the pendulum movement. For dogs with good leash control, the special leash can also simply be attached to the collar or the chest harness.

– A head halter is recommended for dogs with poor leash control, which should only be used after appropriate training by a dog school. The basic requirements An important requirement is that your dog has a certain basic obedience. You should also get your four-legged friend used to the sticks before you start training. Just put them around the apartment, take a stick with you when you go for a walk, or play a little game with them. Put it on the floor and walk over it together or let your dog jump over it. He will soon find the walking aids normal. You should also introduce the special leash in advance when going for a walk.

Practice Nordic Walking without a dog first Before you can start with your dog, you must be able to use the sticks correctly and master a good walking technique so that you can become comfortable

Don’t just have to concentrate on yourself on your first excursions. It is best to warm up a little before training to prevent injuries.

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The four-legged friend can walk along on a leash over longer distances, but should be able to loosen up before training and also be able to run a little free on the way and / or at the end. It’s best to let him go to your left. Once you have got used to each other, you can switch sides from time to time. Don’t forget: the dog (and you too) should drink enough while on the go!

The sequence

The sticks function practically as an extension of our arms and make us quadrupeds for a while. The dog must automatically adapt to the rhythm of its human. Let the sticks drag on the floor first and then slowly swing your arms along. With the right stride length you will find the right rhythm. The larger the step, the more time there is for the pendulum movement. It is important not to walk in the pass, but to move diagonally, ie right leg and left arm come forward at the same time, pelvis and shoulder axis rotate against each other. The front stick is gripped briefly when touching down, the arm is slightly bent, the stick points slightly backwards at an angle. Pressure on the stick, then the arm with the stick swings behind the hip. The hand is opened and the arm is pushed all the way through. Stick repulsion. Opening and closing your hands is also very important. This creates a muscle pumping effect, which leads to improved blood flow in the shoulder and neck area. If that is forgotten, tension will develop. Have fun walking together!

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The basic technique

1. Upright posture with the trunk tilted slightly forward

2. Front knee slightly bent

3. Rotation of the shoulder axis to the hip axis

4. Grab the stick with the front hand and prick at about the height of the heel

5. Bring your other arm back, stretch it behind your hips and open your hand

6. Active footwork, rolling: put on your heel, roll over the sole and push off with the ball of your foot

7. The dog’s leash must not be too short or too long

8. The dog must be able to walk easily at the level of the Nordic Walker while swinging the swing arm

INFO:

In addition to fixed course dates, Tina and Joachim Füger also offer individual training and lessons in Nordic power walking. On request, they can also put together Nordic walking groups. The Lazy Lead Nordic Walker leash can only be obtained here.

Contact:

Waldblick dog school

Waldhausstrasse 2

91180 Heideck

Tel. 0049 (0) 9177 90672

Email: [email protected]

www.dogschool.de

(Text: Tina Füger / Saskia Brixner)

Photos: animals-digital

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