Luckily, there was no blood shed this morning, so I am able to post our latest training video. Shiva’s nail is healing nicely and I may even let her off-leash in the forest again before she is too old to care. Both very good things for our sanity.
When discussing dog strengthening exercises with one of our trainers a few weeks ago, she mentioned how her dog’s physiotherapist noticed his rear end was much stronger than his front. (Yes, one of our trainers. Shiva has quite an entourage now. That’s what happens when you are
insane famous.) She came up with this great trick to recitify the problem.
Shiva’s muscles are pretty well-rounded but I figured it couldn’t hurt to give genetics some help. As she ages, I am sure the more work we do now, the more it will help her later. My childhood dog was beseiged with terrible arthritis for the last two or three years of her life. I really don’t want to go through that again.
Richard Simmons will be calling any day now. I am sure of it.
Shiva picked this up way too fast. It’s kind of disgusting. I started by placing the stool against the couch to make it easier and then encouraged her to back up onto it. She struggled a little bit at first because it is so hard. She didn’t know what I was asking. Her rear end awareness is pretty high, however, after doing so much perch work, so after a few successful attempts, she picked it up pretty fast. You could also try backing up stairs; that seemed to be simpler.
I am hoping this trick/exercise will help us move on to more complicated things. Like a doggie hand-stand. I’ve never seen a larger dog achieve such a feat. But if any dog can, it’s Shiva!