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Location: Monroe, MI
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Iíve done physical therapy with two different dogs, here are some of the exercises they had us do for stretching and core strength
Nose to tail& nose to rear foot, lure your dog to bring her nose to her tail, repeat several times a both sides. I find that sometimes it helps if you stand next to her so that sheís curling on the opposite side, helps to get them to plant their feet and do the exercise instead of turning in a circle.
Bow, self explanatory
Sits downs stands, do these in random order I.e. sit to down, down to sit, stand to down, down to stand etc.
Weave, just like in agility, driveway stakes placed in The yard works well for this
Sitting in the stairs, sit 3 or 4 steps up and encourage your dog to put front paws on the step right in front of you and leave rear legs on the main floor
Crawl, self explanatory
Cavalatti (sp?) poles, place pvc pipes on the ground pax 12-18 inches apart (depending on individual dog) and have dog walk walk over them, you want her spot step in between the poles, encourages her to be aware of her feet and pick them up
Bosh Ball, with ball side up work on having her put her front legs up at first and just balance (can also do this ball side down for more advanced work), then work toward having her put all four feet on and do sits, donít sits with ball side down, itís to unstable and she could fall. Also, ball side up, have her put her front feet on it, rear feet on the ground and have her move her back feet in a circle around the ball, do in both directions