More than once, following Fit Dog Friday posts, I’ve seen Emma and her mom of My GBGV Life tell me and Kimberly of Keep the Tail Wagging that as our dogs get in the habit of daily walks and runs, none of us will be able to imagine life without them.
I admit, I have been a little skeptical! I still feel irritated and reluctant as I put on my workout clothes, although I tend to loosen up and enjoy myself once we’re out and moving.
Well, consider my skepticism gone.
Wednesday morning, I decided to trim Nala’s nails before we took our morning walk, and it’s a good thing I did, because I noticed that the paw pad on one of Nala’s forefeet had cracked. The internet and experienced dog friends agreed that we should take it easy for a few days–no walks on hard surfaces; lots of calming, mental exercise; no slamming her paws around.
It’s been challenging.
Someone has been very displeased with not getting her run. And as I am squeaked at for the fortieth time in an hour, and my usually cuddly, sweet girl play bows next to me on the bed and then attempts to yank the covers off of me, well, running starts to not seem so bad. To add insult to injury, for the past couple of days it’s been cloudy and cool for the first time in months–so running might actually be downright pleasant, and wouldn’t have to occur at 7 am for no one to overheat.
To keep everyone from going crazy, I’ve dialed up the mental exercise and the conditioning exercises to 11. Sorry for the weird picture quality–all of these pictures are from video recordings of our training sessions.
It became immediately clear that I needed to relent on the no exciting physical exercise at all rule, so we’ve been doing some tugging and playing, too. But no frisbee, no hose play, no walks or runs. And after an exciting activity, I always take the time to do some calming or relaxing training with treats that aren’t too exciting (tiny pieces of homemade dehyrdrated chicken hearts and sweet potato chunks for lots of cheap, diet-friendly reps).
Still, I’ll be glad to get back to our runs and hikes. Nala and I are definitely happiest when she gets adequate mental and physical exercise, as I’m learning the hard way this week.
This is part of the Fit Dog Friday blog hop!
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