Sophie reflects upon her weekend spent at Goodwood 2023 as part of the The Studio Team, presented by Randox Health.
Goodwood is known for its horse racing and motorsports, but in 2022, they added a two-day dog festival to its list of events it hosts and after a superb debut year, Goodwoof was back again for 2023 and l was delighted to be invited to participate as part of The Studio presented by Randox Health at the Goodwoof 2023 event.
The Studio was the calm amongst the bustle of the day with sessions including Phyiotherapeutic Exercises for dogs and senior dogs, Doga, Pilates with dogs and Canine Massage.
With four sessions throughout the weekend my classes included exercises for young, active and sporting dogs as well as senior dogs. Therapeutic Exercise forms a key part of any physiotherapy programme whether that is rehabilitation post injury, prehabilitation before surgery, or as part of a fitness and conditioning.
Incorporating exercises such as sit to stands, biscuit stretches, planks and weaves and with the help of a four-legged assistant ‘Otto’, I was able to demonstrate the exercises and discuss the benefits of each, whilst participants had a go!
The whole weekend was packed with events and activities for the dogs with demonstrations and competitions including sheepdogs trials, gun dog trials, canicross, bikejour, agility and flyball. There was also a huge number of ‘have a go’ activities, and lots of fun with a ball pit for dogs, a lido for the dogs (complete with deck chairs for owners to watch from), gun dog scurry and hoopers.
Overall, this is a great event for anyone wanting a day out all about their dog and it was an honour to be have been part of Goodwoof 2023.
Sophie Sparrow BSc(Hons), DipAnPhys, RVN
Animal Physiotherapist & RVN Pet Physio Founder