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Fitness is an integral part to a balanced lifestyle for dogs. Much like our own fitness goals, we are looking to give our dogs:
* a strong core,
* agility, and
* confidence in how they use their body.
Strength and stretching training can help prevent injury from sudden movements like when a squirrel crosses your path and keep your dog acting young well into old age. Give these simple exercises a try.
Purpose: To build core strength and body awareness to handle changing and unstable environments.
What you need:
* Foreign objects to stick under the board
How to play:
(1) Begin by teaching your dog to get on a board.
(2) Once your dog has mastered getting on the board, put a small stick or towel under the board to make the board wobbly. Get your dog to get on the board.
(3) Have the dog move around on the board. Every time you reward, reward on a different corner the dog will move to get the reward.
(3) Increase the challenge by sticking other foreign objects under the board to make it more unstable.
Check out our video on YouTube to help you better understand the steps.
Purpose: To build core strength. A strong core supports the spine and vital organs. Best of all it’s a really cute trick.
How to play:
(1) Begin by sitting in a chair with your dog sitting between your legs looking away from you
(2) Put a piece of food just above his nose and closer to his forehead
(4) As the front paws come up off the ground, you can support your dog with your legs. Slightly squeeze your legs helping the dog support his body. As your dog gets stronger you can diminish the support until he can do this independently.
Shake-a-Paw will be holding a Canine Conditioning: Intro To Fitpaws® course starting Sunday, February 1 at 11:30am. Join us and get your dog fitter and healthier than ever before!
In part 2 of our "How to Survive Cabin Fever with the Dog" series, we will look at an indoor game to make your recall stronger and faster.