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Subtitle: Improve Your Dog’s Core Strength, Balance, Flexibility, and Endurance
Author: Dr. Debbie Gross Saunders
Format: 3 DVD Set, NTSC format
Running Time: 2 hours, 50 minutes
Bonus Materials: 2 training articles and 5-page companion notes in PDF format
Release Date: Fall 2009

Whether you’re asking your dog to jump off the couch to go for a walk, compete in an agility event, lure course, herd livestock, or go for a hike, your dog needs the strength to perform the activity with as little risk of injury as possible. Many dogs are lacking strength in the core muscle group: the lower back and abdominals. In performance dogs we see many lower and mid-back problems as well as iliopsoas strains. In non-performance dogs, the first place we see weakness in aging dogs is usually the hind end and lower back. Working your dog on a Therapy Ball, EggBall, or PhysioRoll is an excellent and safe way to develop these muscles, which will aid in the reduction and prevention of problems.

But better core strength is only one of the benefits gained from regular workouts on the ball. Ball work improves your dog’s balance and body awareness, increases his range of motion and flexibility, improves his reflexes, and leads to increased muscle tone and endurance. Ball work is an excellent cross-training activity you can do in the comfort of your living room regardless of the weather.

This DVD provides four easy-to-follow strengthening programs: puppy, beginner, intermediate, and advanced. Besides providing detailed demonstrations of each program with experienced dogs, the DVD also includes a seminar Dr. Saunders held for ball work novices so that you can see the common mistakes and problems people have.

About the Author
Dr. Debbie Gross Saunders is a certified canine rehabilitation practitioner and licensed physical therapist with more than 16 years of experience in the field of canine rehabilitation. She specializes in the performance dog and owns Wizard of Paws Physical Rehabilitation for Animals, a rehabilitation and physical conditioning center for canines. Dr. Saunders is also a key faculty member at the University of Tennessee’s Certificate Canine Rehabilitation Program, the only university-based canine rehabilitation program. For more information, visit www.wizardofpaws.net.

This strengthening program requires an exercise ball or roll—the same type of balls and rolls used by humans in physical therapy work as well as for core and stabilization exercises. A long exercise ball is preferred since the dog needs to be able to stand in a natural stance. For more detailed information, click on the Files/Video tab and play the video about selecting the correct size of ball.

To select the correct size ball, measure the distance from your dog's front legs to his back legs while he is standing on the ground.

You can always use a large ball for a small dog, but you can't use a small ball for a large dog. If you have more than one dog in your household, choose a size that fits your largest dog. You may also find it more comfortable for your own back to work with your dog on a larger/taller ball. Using a larger ball for a small dog also has the added benefit of providing more surface area to work on.

 

 

Length of Dog's Stance Peanut Size to Use Egg Size to Use
Up to 20"

40cm
50cm
60cm
70cm
80cm

65cm
85cm
Up to 24" 50cm
60cm
70cm
80cm
65cm
85cm
Up to 30" 60cm
70cm
80cm
85cm
Up to 41" 70cm
80cm
 
Up to 46" 80cm  

 

DISC 1

  • Introduction
  • Goals of Ball Work
  • Where Are the Core Muscles?
  • What Dogs Should Get on the Ball?
  • Are There Dogs That Should Not Get on the Ball?
  • When Should I Use the Ball?
  • Ball Basics
  • Puppy Program
  • Beginner Program
  • Intermediate Program
  • Advanced Program
  • Cooling the Dog Down After Ball Work
  • Sample Programs for Dogs with Physical Challenges
  • Accessing the DVD Notes

DISC 2: SEMINAR

  • Introduction
  • Getting the Dogs on the Ball
  • Reaching for Treats
  • Standing on the Ball
  • Sit to Stand
  • Stand to Sit to Down & Down to Sit to Stand
  • Leg Lifts
  • About the Ball

DISC 3: SEMINAR

  • Strengthening Muscles
  • 180-degree & 360-degree Turns on the Ball
  • Down to Sit to Stand & Stand to Sit to Down
  • When Things Go Wrong
  • Review with Students
  • Cool Down & Conclusion

Comments from Customers

"The ball program has dramatically increased my girl's core strength in just 2 weeks of use. She had a paraspinal muscle injury with a psoas stain secondary. Debbie Gross Saunders is the best." —Ann

"I can't say enough about how great the Get on the Ball program is. I bought my egg and the DVD from Clean Run in August for my Sheltie suffering from an iliopsoas strain. She was not improving and kept being prescribed more and more crate rest. She lost all of her muscle tone and I had a strong suspicion that if I didn't get it back, she would never improve. I've also suffered from iliopsoas strains and strength training and building my core was what was prescribed to me. In 1 week of doing the beginner program, I noticed more strength, lengthening of stride, and less limping. It's been 5 weeks and some minor setbacks due to some life stuff, but the ball always makes her feel better and stronger. I just wanted to say thanks. I'm finally hopeful that my girl may be able to compete again!" —Dawn

"I wanted to tell you I just watched the DVD and I have to compliment whoever did the filming and editing. It was very easy to watch. I was particularly impressed with the seminar filming. Watching seminars can be torturous if the filming is bad. Great
job. I enjoyed it and am going to start my ball work. And I am sure you are not hearing this for the first time, your calm voice and demeanor was instrumental in making the DVDs so enjoyable. After watching the DVDs I feel completely capable, confident and at ease about beginning my puppy on ball work. The instruction was so thorough and presented in such an organized progressive manner that it will be easy to proceed at the right pace and in the right order." —Shari