Canine Athlete & Performance Dogs

Sports-related injuries in dogs are an emerging field of study, and CHF is committed to being on the forefront, providing grants for cutting-edge research into orthopedic concerns, proper nutrition and conditioning to achieve maximum performance while preventing injury, and innovative rehabilitation techniques.

Through the Initiative, CHF has established the Canine Athlete Fund to award grants to researchers working in this emerging veterinary field. Our first grant, awarded in June 2014 is a landmark clinical trial to establish the evidence-based use of regenerative medicine to reduce tendon injury in dogs. We are also educating the public on the joys of participating in canine athletic events, as well as the value of preventive examinations and optimal nutrition to keep all dogs at the top of their game

Free podcasts and webinars on canine athlete health concerns:


Intro to Sports Medicine, Dr. Joseph Wakshlag, Cornell University
Conditioning, Dr. Joe Spoo, DVM, The Gun Dog Doc
Rehabilitation, Dr. Janet Van Dyke, Canine Rehabilitation Institute
Cranial Cruciate Ligament, Dr. Jimi Cook, University of Missouri
Osteoarthritis, Dr. Duncan Lascelles, North Carolina State University
Pain Management, Dr. Steve Budsberg, University of Georgia
Early Spay and Neuter, Dr. Ben Hart, UC Davis
Hunting Dog Health Concerns, Dr. Joe Spoo, DVM, The Gun Dog Doc
Keeping Your Dog Fit for the Sport of Agility, Dr. Chris Zink, Dipl. ACVSMR
Regenerative Medicine to Treat Orthopedic Conditions in Dogs, Dr. Sherman Canapp, VOSM


Help Future Generations of Dogs

Participate in canine health research by providing samples or by enrolling in a clinical trial. Samples are needed from healthy dogs and dogs affected by specific diseases.

Learn How to Help

Help Future Generations of Dogs

Participate in canine health research by providing samples or by enrolling in a clinical trial. Samples are needed from healthy dogs and dogs affected by specific diseases.

Learn How to Help

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