May 23, 2018

Agility and Flyball Matting. Why Anti-fatigue Mats?

As dog sports have increased in popularity, so have the number of facilities offering indoor training.  For facilities that want to offer training for flyball and agility, a high performance flooring product is required to provide a safe and enjoyable experience for the dog and the handler.  Anti-fatigue mats provide one such alternative.

Anti-fatigue mats are ergonomic products, designed to work by providing a balance of softness and support while reducing the amount of strain on human feet, ankles, legs and back.  Benefits of Anti-fatigue mats for humans include:

  • Promotes employee wellness
  • Increases productivity
  • Reduced spinal compression
  • Increased circulation
  • Reduction in back, leg, foot and ankle fatigue
  • Reduces back pain

What about canines?  How can anti-fatigue mats benefit canines who participate in dog sports?  Here is what our customers tell us about their experiences:

  • Superior slip resistance
  • Excellent traction
  • Greater softness that reduces impact on the dog’s forelegs, shoulders and back
  • Maximum comfort for the handler with reduced stress on their legs and back
  • Improved performance

As of this writing, I am not aware of any quantitative research done or being done on the impact of anti-fatigue mats in dog sports; for canines or the handlers.  The research that has been done has relied heavily on human perception and the participant’s individual experience.  Since our dogs can’t use words to share their experiences, we have to interpret their experiences for them by observation and asking questions.  Do they gravitate towards the mats and want to play on it?  Do they slip when jumping and turning?  Examine your dogs paws.  Do you see pad burn?  How have their times improved?  Only you can answer these questions for your dog.

We would love to hear about your experiences with out matting products.  Please comment on our blog so that others can also learn from your experiences.  Your comments and suggestions will also help us to develop and improve our products.

 

 

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About JoAnne

Jo Anne Boston is the Market Development Manager for Crown Mats and Matting and works with trainers and dog sports organizations to enhance and develop new anti-fatigue matting products for dog sports. She is fanatic that all Crown products are designed with dogs paws in mind.

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