Influences on canine performance
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In general, there are three negative influences on canine physical performance. They are pain, fatigue, and drive. The dog that is sound, is physically conditioned for the activity, and is properly focused on performing the task will perform better thananother dog of similar genetic abilities that is deficient in any of these three areas. Our goalsshould be to optimize our dog's performance and atthe same time minimize any detrimental affects of the workout. The better we prepare our dog for anevent, the better it will perform. At the same time a properly trained dog decreases the chance of a medical problem or injury that might occur during an activity.