Exercises that develop core muscle strength and proprioception are vital to maintain optimal fitness for all dogs, but especially for canine amputees.
Proprioception (n): 1. Awareness of the body’s position in space, 2. Relating to stimuli connected with the position and movement of the body
The best exercises to do with your Tripawd include unstable surface work and weight bearing activities. These fitness games help with core strengthening, increased range of motion and flexibility, sensory and perceptual stimulation, joint alignment, and balance control. Remember, walking is great for endurance, but it does not build strength. Take a few minutes out of your day to have fun helping your three legged dog get stronger with these training products, designed specifically for dogs to help build core muscles and improve body control. All purchases indicate your understanding and acceptance of each manufacturer’s shipping and return policies, please see linked product reviews and videos for complete details.
FitPAWS Canine Conditioning
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FitPAWS® Balance Pad
This closed-cell foam pad makes a perfect beginning balance training tool and provides low profile balance challenges for dogs recovering from injury. No inflation required. Includes training DVD.
FitPAWS® Balance Discs
This Balance Disc is ideal for introductory weight bearing activities and balance training – perfect for animal rehabilitation and therapy. Two sizes available. Includes training DVD. Air pump not included.
FitPAWS® Paw Pods
FitPAWS Paw Pods help improve body awareness, strengthen core muscles and alleviate feet-touching phobias. Set of four, 5″ dual-sided pods with inflation adjustment capability (pump not included).
FitPAWS® Wobble Board (20 in.)
Builds muscle strength to improve balance and confidence.
|One Wobble Board Size: 20″ ($78.95)|
This donut shaped balance training and core strengthening intermediate training tool is perfect for smaller dogs that may be overwhelmed by the FitPAWS Peanut. It has two different training surfaces and a broad base for more stability than round exercise balls. Optional inflatable holder ring stabilizes donut for beginner exercises. Training DVD and air pump included.
|One Donut Size: 12″ Height With or Without Holder
This peanut-shaped stability ball is designed for advanced canine core conditioning and balance exercises. Heavy-duty PVC material formulated for use with dogs provides superior gripping and resists damage caused by nails. Five sizes to choose from. Includes training DVD and air pump.
FitPAWS® Hurdle Set
This completely adjustable indoor/outdoor hurdle set is ideal for fun fitness and rehab training. Includes four 40″ cavaletti poles and eight orange hurdle cones with height-adjustment attachments. Adjusts from 2″ to 30″. Set the bars at the lowest levels for canine rehabilitation exercises and gait training.
|Complete Set ($179.95)
Some Assembly Required
Fast dual-action, economical hand air pump. Recommended for inflation of FitPAWS inflatable canine exercise products. Included with Peanut, K9FITbone and Donut.
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FitPAWS Sizing Guidelines
Choosing the correct size FitPAWS Peanut for your dog depends on the size of your dog and what type of exercises you plan on doing.
Core Strengthening If you plan to use your ball mainly for core conditioning, measure the length of your dog’s stance from the front paw(s) to the rear leg(s) when it is standing. Your dog should be able to stand in a natural stance on the top of the ball without being hunched over. You can always use a large ball for a small dog but not a small ball for a large dog. If you have more than one dog, choose a size that fits your largest dog. You may find it more comfortable for your own back to work with your dog on a larger/taller ball. Using a larger ball for a small dog also has the added benefit of providing more surface area to work on. [order]
|Dog Stance:||Peanut Size:|
|Up to 20″ Length||40cm, 50cm, 60cm, 70cm, or 80cm|
|Up to 24″||50cm, 60cm, 70cm, or 80cm|
|Up to 30″||60cm, 70cm, or 80cm|
|Up to 41″||70cm, or 80cm|
|Up to 46″||80cm|
Weight Bearing Exercises For weight bearing activities (with a dog’s forelimbs supported by the ball) choose a peanut that is slightly under your dog’s withers (the highest part of the shoulders where the neck meets the back.) If you need a ball smaller than the 40cm, consider purchasing a FitPAWS Donut. Or, get the 40cm Peanut and decrease the amount of air so the ball is shorter than its maximum height of 40cm. [order]
|Shoulder Height:||Peanut Size:|
|16″ – 19″ Height||40cm (15.5″ tall at maximum inflation)|
|20″ – 23″||50cm (19.5″ max.)|
|24″ – 27″||60cm (23.5″ max.)|
|28″ – 31″||70cm (27.5″ max.)|
|32″+||80cm (31.5″ max.)|
NOTE: Ball sizes indicated are the maximum inflation height. Never exceed the maximum height printed on the ball. Under-inflating FitPAWS products will increase the exercise difficulty. The firmer the ball, the easier the exercise.
Dog Fitness Training Library
Consider these educational tools for making the most of your dog’s exercise and conditioning program. Recommended for use with FitPAWS canine conditioning equipment.
FitDogs Pilates for Pooches DVD
The FitDogs Pilates for Pooches DVD is an exercise video designed specifically with your dog’s health in mind. By utilizing balance and core strength training, the FitDogs DVD teaches users how to get their dog into better shape with easy to do exercise routines. With a combination of lecture, outline and demonstration, this DVD guides users with step-by-step core strengthening and conditioning. Included on the disc is a bonus section specifically for puppies as well as three printable PDF documents to keep you and your dog doing the proper exercises for a longer, healthier life. Recommended for use with the FitPAWS balance disc or pad. Time: 64 minutes.
Get on the Ball Two Training DVD
The FitPAWS Get on the Ball Two Training DVD is an easy to use instructional DVD that helps keep your dog active and strong. Developed and demonstrated by a licensed physical therapist and a certified canine rehabilitation practitioner, Debbie Gross Saunders, the routines in the DVD are an excellent and safe way to develop muscles and accelerate the healing process due to injuries. This 3-disc set can be used with any of the FitPAWS exercise balls, providing easy to do routines for you and your dog. Recommended for use with FitPAWS Balance Discs and Peanuts. Time: 3 hours.
Osteoarthritis & Your Dog DVD
The FitPAWS Osteoarthritis and Your Dog DVD is designed to help instruct you on how to achieve a healthier, happier life for both you and your dog. This DVD provides useful information intended to help you better understand the disease and options for a multimode treatment program and exercise regimen for your beloved friend. Recommended for use with FitPAWS Balance Discs, Pads, and Peanuts Time: 1 hour 22 minutes
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