This activity requires the dog to shift it’s weight and maintain balance requiring strength and coordination. It is important to make slow purposeful movements with the toy or treat to have the dog’s movements be measured and smooth.
Single Leg Lifts
When your dog is standing with all four feet under them, in a “square” stance with a flat back, begin lifting the front left limb and move around your dog lifting each leg. This requires the dog to shift his weight to the other three limbs.
Elliott is a 4 year old Bully Mix who is coming to us for therapy for bilateral TPLO’s. His sister Ivy is deaf and sometimes comes with him to help him with his therapy.
Ivy is a 2 ½ year old pit-bull who has been deaf ever since she was a puppy. Ivy was found locally in Maryland on www.petfinder.com. Ivy’s owner says the most challenging obstacle in having a dog that is deaf was the puppy years. Luckily Ivy had a big brother named Elliott to “be her ears”. Ivy and Elliott have grown over the years to be “best friends” and she is constantly watching him for his leadership.