When the Mama came home from work tonight, we decided to tackle the K9 Kamp Walk it Off Challenge. Oh boy, pups. You should have seen the look on my faces when the Mama told me what we were doing.
The woman clearly has delusions of grandeur.
She said we were running hill sprints. On Suicide Hill. She’s crazy I tell you. CRAZY.
The Mama was having none of my excuses. So we grabbed our water bottle, leashed up and off we went. The Mama claims that I am chubby, but under my insulating layer, there is a highly trained, finely tuned athlete. I don’t want to ruin my sports career (and more importantly, those lucrative sponsorship deals) because I am sidelined by an injury!
You Gotta Warm It Up like Kriss Kross.
Every performance athlete knows that in order to be all you can be, you’ve got warm up your body. Before we went all cuckoo-bananas and started running up that hill, I needed to be good and limber. Help me stretch Mama!
We started with a 3 to 5 minute brisk walk, then another 5 minutes jog, you know, just to get the blood pumping (and to get off our street. The neighbors already think we’re crazy, no need to reinforce that by letting the Mama channel her inner Richard Simmons in the yard.)
After our jog, the Mama helped me stretch it out. You want to be careful when you help your pup limber up; we dogs are fragile little flowers ;0) You always want to be careful and even be overly-cautitious to avoud stretching the muscles too far.
I love a good stretch.
- Hip Flexors – With your dog in front of you, butt towards your face (Be kind and do not fat while you stretch!), grasp your dog’s leg above the knee and gently pull the leg back, so that it is extended straight out behind him. When you feel resistance, hold the position for 15 to 30 seconds. Release the stretch and stretch the other leg.
- Shoulder Flexors – With you pup in front of you, snout to schnozz, grasp a front leg and gently pull it up so your dog looks like he is ready to “high five”. Hold the paw up for 15 – 30 seconds, then release. Stretch the opposite shoulder.
- Back Stretch – With your dogs standing, use a treat to lure his head around so he is smelling his own butt. (Weirdo) Your dogs body should be bent into a C (which apparently not not stand for COOKIE anymore. the Mama says C is for Carrots. ) Hold the pose for 15 to 30 seconds, then release. Repeat for other side.