Pole dancing to aid canine mobility – as demonstrated by Smiley Riley

Sometimes, the ‘Memories’ thingummy in Facebook raises a smile. Apparently it was a year ago today that Smiley Riley’s Mum, Alison, went home with our ‘walking over poles’ exercises to help Riley raise his feet.

Like the carpet post – you don’t need to buy anything posh to help your dog with these proprioceptive exercises. Alison went to her Dad’s and raided his shed. The garden was full of spades and other implements. Just enough height to encourage Smiley Riley to raise his legs as he walked over them but not too high to trip him up. Brooms are useful too. When we started exercising our Sarah this way, we discovered, to our amazement, we own 8 brooms.

And you can alter the shape of the circuit. Straight lines, circles, haphazards anything so that the dog will gently, slowly and deliberately walk over the poles. It’s not agility, it’s not a jump. It’s a controlled walk.

Like the carpet post – you don’t need to buy anything posh to help your dog with these proprioceptive exercises. Alison went to her Dad’s and raided his shed. The garden was full of spades and other implements. Just enough height to encourage Smiley Riley to raise his legs as he walked over them but not too high to trip him up.

If you haven’t got a garden shed full of useful walking-over stuff, you can buy those long soft swimming pool noodles. We bought a whole bundle last year for a few £. They store easily too and can be used indoors on wet days.

Thanks for the memories Smiley Riley xx

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