I have been trying to teach Kilo the Pug how to “sit pretty “after getting some tips from Trainer Taylor and watching her gorgeous fit dogs Lottie and Grizzly in action last weekend.
Taylor reminded me about the importance of fundamentals and a strong core. We have worked on Kilo’s core and his hind legs but looks like he needs more. Our “Sit Pretty” still only really works for a few seconds on the couch and I lure and support him to get up.
Just like humans, a strong, flexible core underpins almost everything your dog does. It is very important for a Pug like Kilo with a long back, big head, narrow hips and short legs.
5 Benefits of a Stronger Core
- enhances balance and stability
- helps prevent injuries
- protects the inner organs, central nervous system and back
- helps your dog look and feel better with better muscle tone and posture
- improves athletic performance (and ability to do tricks like Sit Pretty)
What we will be doing to Improve Kilo the Pug’s Core Strength?
I will try to make it fun and use positive reinforcement. Here are a few things we will try:
- Exercises like the nose stretch which seems a little like humans doing the plank – see Slim Doggy tips here.
- Slim Doggy also suggests roll over and we do a lot of rolling on his back and tickling in my lap and on the bed which he seems to love but Kilo will snap if you try to lure him into a roll over from lie down. I think maybe it makes him feel very vulnerable. It took forever to teach him to lie down but now he is great at that so we’ll keep working very gently.
- Working on wobbly surfaces to maintain balance for example on stability balls, peanuts and other specialized dog fitness equipment, a home-made wobble board and even the couch.
- Practising touch where he reaches up with both paws and touches things on walls or cupboards etc.
- Practising “Sit Pretty” on the couch and on the floor.
- Dancing and walking on two paws