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Stay Strong with Maggie’s FitPAWS Workout

August 11th, 2011 · 6 Comments · Mobility

Increasing the stamina of our Tripawd’s remaining legs is necessary for balance and strength, especially on the amputation side.

But longer walks and other endurance exercises like swimming aren’t the place to begin.

First, you need to start building up your Tripawd’s core muscles.

Dogs need strong core muscles just as humans need strong stomach muscles to avoid spinal issues and maintain good balance.

One of the best examples of a Tripawd who has achieved the ideal canine amputee fitness level is Maggie the Agile Cow Dog. It’s been a joy watching Maggie go from surgery recuperation to flowing gracefully on the agility course:

Maggie’s strength didn’t come naturally. She can do what she does as a senior dog because of her mom Tracy’s dedication to keeping Maggie strong, lean and fit. Tracy says “I work Maggie about three times per week (or more during winter) on the therapy equipment.”

How to Do Maggie’s Three Legged Dog Workout

Tracy’s choice of fitness gear for Maggie is made by FitPaws, creators of the Balance Pad, Balance Dome and Balance Disc. Here is a demo of Maggie’s typical workout using FitPaws gear:

Tracy says “The amount of repetitions varies but typically I do three reps per exercise (1 rep = 1 reach toward a hip, for example). Here’s Tracy’s explanation of what she’s doing in the video:

Maggie’s Balance Pad Routine

Here is what Maggie is doing in the above video:

  • Reaching for treats: Present treats at shoulders, hips and between front legs
  • Sits, downs and stands
  • Weight Shifting: Manually rocking her side to side and front to back – not knocking her out of position but just shifting her weight some.
  • Walking on and off Balance Pads: sometimes stopping with either front feet on or off, leaving rear foot on or off

Maggie’s Balance Dome and Balance Disc Routine

Watch Maggie’s video and see how she’s doing these exercises:

  • Front feet on: Reaching for treats side to side as far as she can to hold balance
  • Front feet on: Reaching between front legs for treats
  • Back foot on: Reaching for treats side to side and between front legs
  • Front feet on: Maggie rotates around the dome with front feet remaining on in both directions – this is more challenging on the side where her leg is missing
  • Obstacle course: Walking onto dome and then onto Balance Disc as a ‘mini obstacle course’

Stay tuned for more of Maggie and Tracy’s fantastic tips, including how to create your own Tripawd agility course.

If you have three legged dog fitness tips you’d like to share, let us know!

Recommended Reading:

FitPAWS Balance Pads Help Tripawds Adjust
FitPAWS Disc Strengthens Canine Core Muscles

More Fun with FitPAWS Balance Discs

Maggie the Agile Cow Dog Tripawds Blog

Maggie’s YouTube Channel

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6 Comments so far ↓

  • Tracy & Maggie

    Nice guys!! Good work! As Maggie ages to almost 12 years old now, I can see that this work is going to be even more important for her aging Tripawd body….

    Tracy, Maggie’s Mom

  • Wendy

    Hey Tracy and Maggie….Racquette and I do similar exercises and love doing them! Racquette will be 13.5 yrs old next week….and thinks Maggie is a great example of Aging is not a disease! Rac is going to do a Tunnelers Run later this month at an agility competition. She’s been competing for 12 yrs….so being minus one leg won;t stop her!

  • jerry

    Thank YOU Tracy, you guys did all the hard work with this one!!

    Wendy, we would love to see Racquette in action and would be hoppy to post her story on Tripawds too, just let us know.

  • maggie

    Go Rac!!! I’d love to do a Tunnelers run with Maggie again but don’t want to stress her that much as she’s taller than a tunnel…maybe I’m just being much too careful but I’m not sure how comfortable a whole course of tunnels would be for her at her size and at speed…. Have FUN Rac! You are smaller than Maggie so you won’t have an issue! 🙂

    Tracy, Maggie’s Mom

  • Gina

    GREAT JOB MAGGIE and TRACY!!!! Nicely put together for folks to use and enjoy. Good job Tripawds! :-)))

  • Tracy

    Thanks Aunt Gina for the help in videotaping me 🙂

    Maggie

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