She asked me to help demonstrate one of the exercises using a rubber disc with nubs (found at most department stores or online) that is often used for physical therapy. My job was to get on the disk to promote balance and exercise and strengthen my chihuahua muscles. I started by being asked to 'touch' the disc with my front paws only by walking on it for a treat then step back. So paws on, paws off, paws on, paws off. I then practiced putting my entire body on it which forced me to try and balance on it much like the photo below. On and off and stretching up and down to take treats while on it. This forces my body to try and stay balanced during treat reaches. I am told I did a great job (never mind that treats were involved).
|I'll do anything for treats, even exercise. |
Dr. Woodside demonstrates how balancing on this nubby disk will help my joints
(while I do a little begging of my own!).
*Please note that these exercises were done on a table for demonstration only - please only do them on the floor when practicing with your pet*