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Whether you're asking your dog to jump off the couch to go for a walk, to compete in an agility event or lure course, to herd livestock, or to go for a hike, your dog needs the strength to perform the activity with as little risk of injury as possible. Many dogs are lacking strength in the core muscle group: the lower back and abdominals. In performance dogs, we see many lower and mid-back problems as well as iliopsoas strains. In non-performance dogs, the first place we see weakness in aging dogs is usually the hind end and lower back. Working your dog on a Therapy Ball, EggBall, or PhysioRoll is an excellent and safe way to develop these muscles, which will aid in the reduction and prevention of problems.
Better core strength is only one of the benefits gained from regular workouts on the ball. Ball work improves your dog's balance and body awareness, increases his range of motion and flexibility, improves his reflexes, and leads to increased muscle tone and endurance. Ball work is an excellent cross-training activity you can do in the comfort of your living room regardless of the weather.
This DVD provides four easy-to-follow programs: puppy, beginner, intermediate, and advanced. Besides providing detailed demonstrations of each program with experienced dogs, the DVD also includes a seminar Dr. Saunders held for ball-work novices so that you can see the common mistakes and problems people have. (Run time: 2 hrs, 50 minutes)