Get On The Ball Two (DVD by Debbie Gross Saunders)
Whether you’re asking your dog to jump off the couch to go for a walk, compete in an agility event, lure course, herd livestock, or 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 their core muscle group: the lower back and abdominals. In performance dogs, we see many lower back problems, mid-back problems, and iliopsoas strains. In non-performance dogs, the first place we see weakness as the dog ages, is in the hind end and lower back. Working your dog on a Peanut, Egg, or Donut stability ball is an excellent and safe way to develop these muscles, which will aid in the reduction and prevention of problems.
The Get On The Ball Two 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 an actual seminar held for ball work novices.
Developed and demonstrated by Debbie Gross Saunders, a licensed physical therapist and a certified canine rehabilitation practitioner with over 15 years experience in the field. (Running time: 3 hours) This is a 3-disc set.
Here is a rundown of what is covered on each DVD disc:
Goals of Ball Work
Where Are the Core Muscles?
What Dogs Should Get on the Ball?
Are There Dogs That Should Not Get on the Ball?
When Should I Use the Ball?
Cooling the Dog Down After Ball Work
Sample Programs for Dogs with Physical Challenges
- Accessing the DVD Notes
- Getting the Dogs on the Ball
- Reaching for Treats
- Standing on the Ball
- Sit to Stand
- Stand to Sit to Down & Down to Sit to Stand
- Leg Lifts
- About the Ball
- Strengthening Muscles
- 180 degree & 360 degree Turns on the Ball
- Down to Sit to Stand & Stand to Sit to Down
- When Things Go Wrong
- Review with Students
- Cool Down & Conclusion