Hi Its Linda here behind the keyboard, back with an update on our Train Your Dog Month Challenge. To say that Alfie is loving our new training regime would be the understatement of the year – he is absolutely head over heels in love with our new agility class, and all the exercises we’re doing for our monthly challenge. I’ve never seen that tail wag any quicker, or that bark going any more high pitched with excitement!
Platform spins for Rear End Awareness
We have a couple of projects on the go this month – we started off with some platform spins last week to train Alfie’s rear end awareness for agility, and to my surprise, Jen, one of our classmates from Ace Dog Sports left a comment on our blog saying that her dog Mort had actually learned to spin around on a fire hydrant. Yes really – a fire hydrant! He’s amazing – you should go check it out on their blog Dogthusiast straight away!
The other project we had lined up for the month was getting a wobble board, and I ordered a large size to accomodate Alfie’s long back. It arrived a couple of days ago and straight out of the box it didn’t take Alfie long to realise there was a tennis ball attached underneath it, and I had to literally drag him out from underneath the board before he ruined it! That dog is just such a ball-o-holic its hilarious.
Wobble Board – For Balance, Core Muscles and Bravery
Wobble boards, sometimes also called balance boards or Buja boards come in lots of different shapes and sizes. They are sometimes used for rehabilitation exercises but they are also great for building a dog’s core muscles, improving their balance, co-ordination and building their confidence for moving and noisy equipment in agility.
Introducing the Wobble Board
When introducing a dog to a wobble board you’re supposed to take it slow, luring your dog with with lots of treats and reward them for slowly putting one, then two paws on the equipment as they are familiarising themselves with the movement and noise it is making.
I knew from before that our Entlebucher Mountain Dog Alfie is completely fearless and couldn’t care less if the board slams hard into the concrete floor – if anything the sound only seems to make it all the more fun to him. And also, he’s been on a wobble board once or twice before in agility class so it wasn’t entirely new to him – so I just let him hop onboard.
Alfie Wiggling and Wobbling on his new Board:
As predicted, Alfie jumped straight up on the wobble board, slamming his paws down and having the time of his life. I let him stay on the board for a couple of minutes, asking him for some ‘sits’, ‘downs’, ‘spins’ and ‘paws’. He was having so much fun I’m not even sure he noticed that the board moved around, but I could see from his slight shaking motion that he was working those core muscles hard in trying to balance himself.
Going forward I will research some actual exercises to do on the board – does anyone have any suggestions for fun tricks or good core building, or balance improving exercises that Alfie can do on his wobble board?
Join the Train Your Dog Month Challenge & Bloghop
Alfie and I are co-hosting a bloghop with Pamela over at Something Wagging This Way Comes and Kristin and Shiva over at Rescued Insanity at the end of this month. To join the hop, all you need to do is figure out a fun activity or trick to teach your doggie and link up with us at the end of the month so we can see what you and your dog did to build your relationship through training this month.
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