• Ansi van der Walt

Specialisation in Canine Sport and Injury

I often get asked why there seems to be such a high incidence of injuries in young, well-bred working dogs. In my practice, I see many agility dogs, so often the question refers to a dog or dogs that are currently undergoing veterinary treatment or therapy of some sort. There are many factors that contribute to the risk of injury in agility, and some researchers have looked into factors such as speed, jump height, the dog’s technique and type of surface competed or trained on, etc. However, one of the major factors leading to injury in many talented young dogs is this: they are simply just too talented.