Teddy continues to be a happy boy. During his appointment this week, we discussed two aspects of Teddy’s rehabilitation:
- Variety/mental stimulation
- Core strength
Jill remarked that she and Teddy now have a routine, but it means the same walk every day in the same location, and of course adjusting to limiting his activities to avoid stress and strain on his joints.
The solution: variety! Teddy’s is a smart boy and he needs jobs to keep him mentally active. Little things like distributing food around the house and garden for him to find will provide Teddy with stimulation and something else to do. Changing paddocks for Teddy’s walks and even getting other dogs to visit with him for play dates will also give Teddy variety in his day-to-day life.
And, as mentioned last week, Teddy needs greater core strength. I showed Jill the value of supervised balancing exercises using a large peanut-sized ball from the FitPaws range. These exercises, done on a soft surface that ‘wobbles’ slightly, require Teddy to balance on his 3 remaining legs. In doing so, it means he works on his core muscles to keep his body steady.
I want greater core strength in Teddy before progressing to exercises for his proprioception.
And in case you missed it, I’ve already answered What’s proprioception?
Kathleen Crisley, specialist in dog massage, rehabilitation and nutrition/food therapy, Canine Catering Ltd, Christchurch, New Zealand