Cavaletti or ‘trotting poles’ are a simple conditioning exercise that helps a dog’s overall balance and proprioception – particularly front and hind leg awareness. When used correctly, they can help increase a dog’s endurance, correct pacing (improper footfall sequence at the trot) and even lengthen a dog’s stride. They help to build a strong topline and a rhythmic gait.
Cavaletti are sold in a set of four poles with 2 sets of Nubby TotoPAWDSTM
Our Cavaletti poles are 3’ long and insert into our multi-purpose Nubby TotoPAWDSTM. The narrower the alley-way, the more focus required by the dog and the greater the balance challenge, so we chose 3’. This also makes the system quite portable!
The minimum height of the Toto Fit Cavaletti set is 6”, but it can be increased by using a longer length pole between the L-joint and the TotoPAWDTM. The height of the poles should not go above the height of the dog’s hock.
Here is a great article by professional dog handler Odebt Massey about how to use and train Cavaletti for conformation dogs