The fun exercise gear from FitPAWS keeps coming!
We think the Paw Pods have another beneficial use. In our preliminary assessment, it appears they might help certain dogs overcome feet-related phobias.
For Tripawds with Advanced Fitness Levels
Improve your Tripawd’s weight bearing issues while having fun with this set of four, 5″ balance pods. Use one, two or all three for a strengthening session that’s enjoyable for both of you. Like FitPAWS other gear, the Paw Pods help improve your Tripawd’s proprioception (body awareness) and balance.
Even just getting your three-legged dog used to the Paw Pods will help them develop awareness of their new body and improved proprioception. Take turns placing each of your dog’s feet onto a pod, rewarding them when they leave it there. Handling your dogs feet in this way will help them become aware of best positioning for proper balance. Does your dog hate to have his feet touched? Paw Pods can help with that too!
Alleviate Feet Fears
Besides being a great workout tool, the Paw Pods have another use. They’re a useful training tool for dogs who don’t like to have their feet touched.
Tripawds Spokesdog Wyatt Ray is one such foot-phobic dog, and we’re currently training him to let us touch his feet by rewarding him with treats whenever he steps on a Pod.
He hasn’t allowed us to place all of his feet on the Pods . . . yet. We’re approaching this level by working on placing one front foot on first. When he’s comfortable with that, we’ll work toward placing both front feet on the Pods, and then eventually all three.
Adjust Your Workout
Paw Pods may be one of the most challenging workouts yet for Tripawds. We’re certain that those pups with more advanced fitness levels, like Tripawd Maggie, will learn to use them in no time at all.
Paw Pods come in assorted fun colors (be careful or you dog might think they’re a chew toy!). They’re made from a firm yet flexible PVC material with an air-filled chamber. The Paw Pods are shipped inflated but you can adjust the balance challenge by changing the amount of air inside each pod with a needle pump (not included.)
Stay tuned for Wyatt Ray’s complete review once he conquers his foot phobia. Meanwhile, see how much fun 10-year old Ralphie the Yorkie has with them.
Like the “Amazing Feets” pun? 🙂