Here’s a fun Tripawd exercise you can do right now to help your three-legged hero stay loose and flexible: cookie stretches!
Cookie stretches are great for dogs who are not showing signs of acute back or neck pain. Do this first thing in the morning before a long walk. Your dog will love getting a treat to start the day!
Remember, the goal is to stretch from front to rear, not actually turn. Do one side, hold for fifteen to twenty seconds, then do the other side. Repeat three to five times, once or twice daily.
Cookie Stretch Tips
You don’t necessarily have to use food to bribe your dog. Try using your dog’s favorite toy for this game. Or a low-cal carrot or other non-fattening food. Remember: every extra pound on a dog is like five on a human!
Also, don’t force your dog into a stretch and if s/he shows signs of tiring, stop, you’ve gone too far. Some dogs will need more time to move into a deep stretch. Ask your vet if you have any questions about this exercise.
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