Stair exercise is one of my favorite workouts with my mom. I’ve talked about it on several posts. My mom also participates in a yearly climb and I helped her train for the event. How did it start? It started when I was a young pup. My mom just recovering from her ankle and hip injuries and stair exercise helped her gain motion control. Stair exercise also provides an intense high calorie burning exercise, perfect for an active dog, ME.
Stair exercise is a great workout for legs, shoulders, hips, and lower back muscles. It is more intense than running as each step requires the lifting up of a dog’s entire body weight through the height of the stair. Going down the stairs involves negative contraction which intensifies the workout greatly. Lastly, stair exercise helps a dog with coordination and agility.
These Basic Commands are the Foundations of Stair Exercising With Your Dog.
1) Your dog needs to know sit/stand/stay commands.
2) Your dog needs to know the heel command.
(The heel command is the key for your dog to be off leash during your stair exercise.)
How To Stair Exercise With Your Dog (Steps/Method my mom taught me).
1) Find a good set of steps/stairs. Start on short steps/stairs.
2) At the bottom of the steps, ask you dog to sit/stand on your right side.
3) Go up the stairs with the command heel.
(You may take off your dog’s leash. If your dog is not skilled being off leash, use a shorter leash. We recommend a 24″ leash to have a better control of your dog to stay by your side during your stair exercise.)
4) Once you reach the top stair, have your dog face the steps and ask him/her to sit/stand.
5) Go down the stairs using the heel command. Same way as #3).
It takes a lots of patience and practice to stair exercise with your dog.
Being in-sync is a PAWsome achievement (you’ll see in the video).
Mom has a current knee injury so it is a bit harder for her to go down the stairs.
So here’s a 30sec video of our Stair Exercise …
I’m a senior active dog … in need for more movement. Due to my mom’s current knee injury, she gave me permission to climb up and down the stairs by myself.
Last Tuesday, very special bloggie friends from Seattle had a surprise visit in my town. Of course, I just had to show them my town’s park and the steps I often climb up/down.
I am joining FitDog Friday Hop,
hosted by SlimDoggy, Peggy’s Pet Place and To Dog With Love.
Lots of Golden L♥VE n Woofs
I know it’s only Thursday. Tomorrow (Friday), I have a special post.