Today's Movie Monday is conditioning related. This is an exercise that you got a little taste of from the Parades video. Basically I got all three dogs to balance on an appropriately sized core disc. For the danes, it's one of the giant discs. For Ruthie, it's a much smaller disc that I purchased at Fred Meyer. And just for kicks, I had Ruthie balance on the balance pod as well. Currently Bess is the only one who will go into a sit. She's got mad skills with her butt.;0) I don't push the dogs to learn any of the exercises and things usually just progress however the dogs are most comfortable. Often in a manner that I wouldn't have thought to try on purpose! That's actually kind of how I started working towards this exercise, actually.
We started with the paw shake while the dog's butt is on the core disc. While we were doing that, Bess started walking across the disc by first getting all four feet on it. So I figured, why not try getting them to balance with all four feet on it? Bess caught on really quickly and she picked it up fast. Heffner took a little longer. I don't think it was really until after we started working on the four feet in a box trick that he started experimenting with all four feet on the disc. And then once we added Ruthie in, I wanted to hold off on posting this exercise until I got her up to snuff.
Without further ado, here's the video: