The Agility Advantage


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What’s It About?

The Agility Advantage won the Eukanuba Canine Health Award and the President’s Award for the best dog publication of the year at the 2008 Dog Writers Association of America awards.

  • Need to design a conditioning program for your agility athlete?
  • Trying to figure out which of your dog’s legs is lame?
  • Wondering how much longer to trial your senior dog?
  • Worried about bringing back an injured dog too soon?
  • Seeking guidance in selecting your next agility prospect?
  • Not sure when it’s best to spay or neuter your dog?

The Agility Advantage is written with the busy agility aficionado in mind—you! Each short chapter stands alone and is intended to be one sound bite on one topic, designed for easy digestion. You can read about a single topic before bed, while you are waiting for the oil to be changed in your minivan, or in the vet’s office before your appointment. The chapters have been grouped into subjects that take your canine agility partner through a lifetime with you. The subjects range from how dogs are built, to how dogs move, to how to feed and exercise them so they move faster and more accurately, to a few of the things that can put the brakes on agility for a while, to sharing those later years when dogs don’t move as fast as they used to.

About the Author

Christine Zink, DVM, PhD is a consultant on canine sports medicine. She evaluates canine structure and locomotion, and designs individualized retraining and conditioning programs for canine athletes. She is an award-winning author and seminar presenter and competes in obedience, agility, retrieving, tracking, and conformation.

Published 2007 Clean Run

Reviews- “Whether you are raising and training a dog with competition in mind or bringing a dog back to competition after an injury or surgery, you will want to keep The Agility Advantage at the ready.” —Julie Daniels, Top agility competitor and trainer of trainers

“Chris Zink offers all dog sports enthusiasts authoritative, unequivocal answers to their questions in an engaging style. I’ve yet to find a book with deeper understanding of the structural variations in dogs and how they affect performance.” —Rachel Page Elliott, Author, Dog Steps: A New Look

“What every agility competitor needs: A user-friendly guide to the agility athlete from one of canine sports medicine’s best and brightest.” —John Sherman D.V.M., Rehabilitation veterinarian for canine athletes”.


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