The high temperatures are also very hard on our four-legged friends. The walks are often shorter. But you can still make sure your dog stays fit and agile with a mini-workout. That’s why I’ve put together three effective exercises for you today that train the muscles, flexibility and also coordination.
Stand Seat Transfer
You train: joint mobility and muscles of the hind legs, as well as the lower back muscles.
When not to: for stiffened joints
How often: start with 3 repetitions
Note: a non-slip surface is important for safe standing
Here’s how it works: Your dog stands in front of you and you look at each other. Give your dog the signal to sit. It should sit as straight as possible and not slip to the side. Now give him the signal to go from sit to stand again. In doing so, he should perform the movements slowly and stay on the spot as much as possible. This way the training effect is the greatest. If it doesn’t work perfectly right away, be patient. The exercise is more difficult and strenuous than it looks.
You train: joint mobility and musculature of the front legs, as well as the musculature of the chest and shoulder girdle.
When not to: for stiffened joints
How often: start with 3 repetitions per front leg
Note: a non-slip surface is important
Here’s how it works: You squat in front of your dog and you look at each other. Encourage your dog to give you his paw. Have both paws alternate and vary in height. This gives the exercise even more ambition. If it is too strenuous for your dog to give the paw in the sit, he can lie down while doing so without any problems.
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You train: you train the muscles and strength in the back and hind legs. At the same time you promote coordination, balance and body awareness.
When not: —
How often: start with 2 repetitions per position á 3 seconds
Note: make sure that the surface is stable and non-slip.
The first position:
You squat behind your standing dog. Place your hands on the sides of your dog’s thighs. Now give light pressure with your left hand on the thigh to the right until you notice that your dog tenses the muscles and holds against it. Hold this position for about 3 seconds without rebounding or increasing the pressure. Then slowly release and give a slight push to the left with your right hand until you feel your dog tense the muscles and hold against it. Hold this position again for about 3 seconds and then slowly release.
The second position:
You squat in front of your standing dog. Place your hands on the sides of his shoulders. Now slowly apply pressure with your left hand on the shoulder to the right until you feel your dog tense his muscles. Hold the position for about 3 seconds without rebounding. Then slowly let go. Now apply light pressure with your right hand on the other shoulder until your dog tenses his muscles and holds against it. Hold again for about 3 seconds and slowly release.
It is important that the pressure you apply is very fine and never jerkily removed.
Enjoy your training together! Want to discover more exercises? Then check out the Doggy Fitness dog fitness media library! Over 50 different active exercises around the topic of dog fitness!
All the love, your Tina
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