The weather is not cooperating as far as getting out for long walks or maybe woodland hikes so I have started a little cross training. I find that humans do things automatically and need a little shaking up. Your muscles and mind get into a rut. Here are a few little moves I throw into the everyday just to make things interesting.
- Down ward dog- When your human is about to take you out or attach a leash to your collar go into a low bow with the front legs just as they bend down to you, they have to bend a bit further, so they stretch their leg muscles and loosen up their back. Continue to stretch your back end, this will force them to hang there a little longer. This takes some practice to get the timing just right. My human is pretty used to this so she waits for me to finish, well then I just do it again!
- Counter Block- I like to place myself in between my human and the kitchen counter so she has to reach over me and do side steps to move around. This helps with agility and a little bit with stretching, and added bonus is if any food matter drops to the floor your are right there to help with the cleaning.
- Trot and Weave- I walk next to and in front of the human while they are carrying food so they are forced to either walk into me and fall or learn to weave and step around or with me. Kind of like a little dance, again food might drop.
- Toy/Bone Obstacle course-This requires some planning. It is important to recognize their normal path to certain well used rooms and place/drop soft as well as hard toys and/or bones in the way. In our kitchen there is a highly patterned dark rug so I try to leave the darker objects there and not on the light tile flooring. If you can make a whole trail all the better. The human will be forced to weave around the items so as not to step on or trip over them. Again this works on agility.
- Couch Weight Resistance-This is an opportunistic exercise. When you are all snuggled up and sleeping on the couch(but on your human) and they want to rise and get off the couch, don’t move or give way as a matter of fact use your body weight to press down on them so they need to use their muscles to push back. This can be a core workout if your position is correct.
I am sure you can probably come up with some of your own, have fun with it. Humans get bored with the same routine and they can always use a new challenge, after all they are only human.