There's a new breed of Husky in town--the Hydroberian! Juno's back on the water treadmill as she was same time last year. As expected, she's not too pleased about it. But we're all pleased with the results!
"Yeah, I know the drill. Woo torture the husky by drowning her jodhpurs. And I walk the hydroplank. "
"Madame Gauthier seems like a nice lady. But don't let her fool you. She enjoys torturing poor huskies."
"Hydrotherapy? My jodphurs don't need hydrotherapy. I will get even with you Madame Gauthier. Woo shall see!"
"All I need is a cavalier I can run with like I did last month. That fella and his nice horse were great company for an afternoon jog!"
"This is a long workout. Pass me an energy bar!"
Juno's had 6 hydro-treadmill sessions. She's made huge improvements and she's better than I've seen her in the 2.5 years I've had her. Some of it due to the three-times weekly jogging in addition to the treadmill. This particular treadmill PT is slightly different than last years as Juno's PT, Madame Gauthier, recommends going slower rather than faster. She has much better range of motion in her back legs than I've ever seen before. After last year's treadmill therapy I assumed letting her run at her own pace was good enough exercise on off-leash hikes. Not so. Forcing Juno to "jog" rather than run or walk for a specific interval of time is exactly the motion she needs. Now her normal walking gait has less waddling.
Her back leg muscles are huge now. I can actually feel them. She's so much more stable on all surfaces and rarely wipes out which was once common for her. She's much more playful with Loki, jumping more and laying straight down on her belly with both hips at full flexion rather than plopping instantly to one side. She sits squarely much more often than sitting to one hip. She also scratches her ears and shoulders with her back legs like a normal dog. I've never once seen her do this as long as I've had her.
After last year's treadmill workouts she always needed acupuncture to deal inflamation and muscle soreness from the workout. But that's not necessary now probably due to the gold beads doing their thing in keeping inflammation away. Madame Gauthier also has noticed she's gaining longer leg movements and is less stiff each session. While the gold beads alone weren't enough, they make PT much easier this time around.
Instead of bicycling each dog seperately, I'm now trail-running off-leash with them a few times per week, so I can combine my workout with theirs. I can tell the bike helps more because uninterrupted interval of repeated trotting is better for muscle building. We'll go back to biking them again soon when they are more predictable around horses.
Here's the video of a recent water
torture, err, therapy session.