We are participating in the K9 camp challenge again this month! The challenge is hosted by You Did What With Your Weiner, Peggy’s Pet Place, and Kol’s Notes. This month’s challenge was to try one new activity with your dog.
One of the suggested activities for the Kamp was to walk a brand new route. We took that option and added just a bit more to it. One of our favorite blogs, SlimDoggy, had a great post this month “Exercise Alternatives for Senior Dogs“. One of the exercises listed was “Walk in Water” for strength. Here’s what SlimDoggy had to say about this activity: “Using water as an exercise tool is smart and provides many benefits to your dog. First of all, water provides buoyancy and thus, as your dog enters the water, they are de-loading and effectively reducing the weight on the joints. Needless to say, water is great for older and rehabbing dogs because it allows for movement with less stress on the body. Water also is an effective resistance tool and can build strength and work the muscles in ways that are often neglected. The water actually makes it harder to move the limbs—almost as if there are weights strapped to the legs. Have you ever tried walking or running in the pool?”
As I’ve written about recently, Sheba has had a limp, so we’ve had to make some adjustments to her routine. We’ve done some swimming, and since her limp has mostly gone away, we started doing some longer walks also.
So for Kamp we decided to take a different walking route, and we walked to a river where she could cool off a little as well as walk in the water. Since our weather had been a little cooler, I didn’t want to get wet taking her swimming, so this worked out great for us!
We headed in the opposite direction that we usually do on the rail trail from our house. I’m not going to lie and say we’ve never walked that way before, but it’s been years, probably when the dogs were older puppies, since I’ve taken them that way or to the river. It provided a change of scenery. It’s about a mile to the river, and we went late on a Sunday morning. The trail goes by a local ball field and there was a softball game going on, and kids playing near the river. Two very polite young girls asked if they could pet Sheba, and of course Sheba loved the attention. She walked back and forth through the river for several laps. I’d say she really enjoyed it!
I enjoyed the change of scenery too. Our weather got very hot again, so when it was my next time to exercise with Cricket, I decided not to run with her but to do the same routine as with Sheba. We got out early enough that it wasn’t too hot yet, so I did some short jogging sprints just to break things up a little. Once we got to the river, Cricket was a bit more difficult to get in the water, however! She was far more interested in smelling things on the shore. Next time I will have to wear my water shoes so I can go in with her (or bring a ball to toss perhaps). I got her in there some, and she didn’t get as many laps as Sheba but she did OK and also seemed to enjoy it!
It may not seem like a big deal, but trying this new routine really broke up the monotony of walking or running the usual routes. Both of the girls do love the water so I know it was fun for them. I think it was good to try some new things. As the girls are both getting older I know we’re going to need these lower impact exercises more and more!
Thanks to our FitDog Friday blog hop hosts: SlimDoggy, Peggy’s Pet Place, and To Dog With Love.
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