Karen, thank you for sharing those. She had told me about hills andwalking backwards for Cash a while ago...his hind legs are weaker than his front. But we never saw her for rahab. So this is great. Please explain the peanut butter stretch a bit more.
And how do you ask Kodi to stretch his leg?
As far as the peanut butter stretch is concerned, I haven't got a CLUE what she means, and the idea of putting PB on my longhaired white dog is less than appealing.
I'll have to get further explanation on Fri.!
How to explain the stretches... If you were a horse person, it would be so easy, because we ALWAYS do these stretches with our sport horses before riding, and they are exactly the same.
To stretch the front legs, you put one hand on the dog's chest, to keep him from moving forward, and the other hand under the front leg, just by the elbow, and encourage the dog to lift it. Then you take the leg, again, from the top, and ask the dog to stretch it back toward his hind leg.
For the hind leg, you lift up the stifle (knee, patella, whatever you want to call it) and ask the dog to stretch out and back. Then, guiding from the hock, (the next joint down in the leg) you ask them to stretch forward and down. I have to ask her to help me with this stretch again when we go on Friday. Horses don't have nearly as much flexibility in their spine, so when you stretch a back leg forward, the stretch mostly stays in the hind leg assembly. I've found that when I ask Kodi for that particular stretch, he bends his spine to much. This means that he's NOT stretching the leg much, and I'm concerned about torquing that long, Hav back.
The final stretch is to have the dog sit, and without moving their body, have them follow a treat around with their head, first one way and then the other, to stretch their neck and shoulder muscles.
You want to encourage the dog to stretch themselves, you DON'T pull on the leg at all, just go to the point that you feel light muscle resistance, then hold for a few seconds. It may take a few times encouraging them with treats, but they will probably catch on to the fact that it feels good pretty quickly, and offer to stretch into your hand.