On therapy days, Crockett can usually be found leading his owner Michael down the halls in search of anyone who will give him a treat.
We met Crockett in 2008 when he came at the recommendation of agility instructor Stacey Hawk, who knew the importance of conditioning for the canine athlete. Crockett started off coming once weekly for either underwater treadmill or resistance pool sessions. He also had consistent chiropractic treatments to keep him aligned during his various activities.
Pain management therapies like laser and acupuncture were added as Crockett started to age. He was maintaining very well until he suffered a series of vestibular episodes in 2015. Vestibular disease often causes dogs to have a head tilt and easily lose their balance. While it was hard to see this former athlete have trouble walking, Michael never gave up and more intensive rehab program was designed. Crockett started coming more regularly for therapeutic exercise, laser and acupuncture/chiropractic sessions.
“In 2015 Crockett had two severe episodes of vestibular syndrome (an inner ear disorder which affects balance); I believe that his recovery from those episodes is attributable to the conditioning program he has been receiving at Integrative.” -Michael, Crockett’s owner
Once Crockett “retired” from the agility circuit, Michael enrolled him in other activities to keep him busy. He soon started doing Rally Obedience, and Wag It, which are lower impact activities that focus on teamwork and obedience. Crockett recently started doing more scent driven classes such a Barn Hunt which involves humanely hunting rats and Nose Work where he must use only his nose to find various scented items. Nose Work is a great activity for dogs of any age to keep their mind active!
“I love hearing the latest adventures that Crockett has had in his various classes. It’s been wonderful to be part of their team throughout the years!” Dr. Deanne Zenoni, Crockett’s IPC veterinarian
Make a difference!
Each month we ask our POTM to choose an animal related organization to spotlight during his or her “reign”. Crockett has asked us to tell you about Lost Dogs Illinois.
Lost dog Illinois mission is to : “To educate and empower owners with resources and tools to assist them in locating their lost dogs, provide finders of lost dogs with resources to facilitate more reunions with owners, reduce the number of “strays” in shelters and animal control facilities, and educate the public on keeping their dogs safe.”