Thigh master, low impact aerobics, Tae Bo, Winslow Pilates, Power Yoga? They're so five-minutes ago. Siberian Pilates is all the rage.
Juno's core- strengthening routine is making her a super star. We may just have to enter her in Mango Minster in the sporty dog category. Here's a little look into what Juno's Physical Therapy looks like.
First a few jumps to warm up. Luckily, Juno is already trained (yes, a Siberian can be trained, imagine that?) to sit-stay while I call her from the other end for her to hurdle over the small jumps. Otherwise, most dogs would just wak around them.
Yes, small jumps for hip dysplasia is not a bad idea. Walking over them, which we did before this, is even better because it forces her to lift her knees to her belly, developing core strength.
"Are you kidding me with this? Give me a real challenge Mom!"
We move to the air matress and two feet on the ball. Jenny, her PT, moves the air mattress around so Juno has to stabalize. Juno gave her many kisses to show her how much she liked her training techniques.
After working up a sweat, her trainer gives her a cold chicken broth ice cube.
"This is more like it! Hey, Physical Torturer, stop making waves. I'm getting sea-sick!"
Then we move to working her core in "sit pretty" on the air mattress.
"Dude, you keep hanging onto that broth cube 'cuz it's going to be MINE real soon."
Finally, the ball. By now, Juno's a pro and gets right up on it. O.k. sometimes we have to coax her.
"This ball is comfy!"
The piece de resistance: Sit Pretty on the Ball or "Assis sur la boule joli!" (For "French Friday")
"Come to momma chicken broth cube!"
After core strengthening, Juno gets an aerobic workout on 3 sets of 5 minutes of underwater walking. Actually, the resistence treadmill is for strengthening her weak inner thighs.
"Will somebody please make sure to re-floof my jodhpurs when we are through here? I can't been seen in public with soaking jodhpurs!"
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