The Circuit

The Stretch Circuit

The goal with all stretches is to use treat(s) to lure, talk softly, encourage as much duration as you can (usually is only -3 seconds), and encourage SLOW calm graceful movements. At first terriers really struggle staying calm (heck who am I kidding Miles and I still are working on this often!)

Ideally: Practice Each Stretch 3-6 Times, Repeat Circuit 3-6 Times | In the morning and evening, and/or before/after physical activities


Side Stretches


Neck & Back Stretch

  1. Have your pup stand only with their front feet on a slightly elevated surface.
  2. Rest one hand against their chest so they won’t move from this position.
  3. With your other hand and a treat, pull your dog as far forward as you can, aiming for them to reach and strain, and keep their entire top line as flat and even as possible. For example their nose, head, neck and back should form a nice flat line along the time.
  4. Encourage as much duration as you can (can be -3 seconds) then feed in position.


  1. For just this stretch when teaching (or long-term), use a clicker.
  2. Place one hand gently on your dog’s shoulders not applying any pressure.
  3. Ask your dog to “bow.” You can absolutely repeat your cue as much as you like – sometimes in conditioning chanting a bit helps guide your pup!
  4. With your other hand and a treat, follow the same motion you would use to lure your dog to “down.” Immediately click when your dog lowers their shoulders and not bum. Relax and treat your pup! Eventually you can feed at this juncture as they will know “bow” is different than “down.” When they are still learning, don’t treat in position, relax then treat, as this will teach them with “bow” they can relax, too – no need to follow through by fully lowering their body.

The Roly Poly

Above: Miles stretching before a run at AKC Invitationals in December of 2019 in Orlando. These stretches are all professional canine athlete worthy! 😜