Katrin set up a jumpers course for last night’s class. Small dogs, or rather short dogs, ran last. I gave Bug a Traumeel before leaving the house. I stretched and massaged Bug the entire time prior to his run.
I ran Bug and he was a totally different dog. He was happy, engaged, and was jumping REALLY well. I was shocked, albeit pleasantly.
One run and I stretched, massaged, took him for a brief, brisk walk, and then stretched and massaged a bit more before putting him up. I think this will most likely become part of our permanent routine, which is not a bad thing.
During Carmie’s class Katrin noticed I wasn’t consistent about when I was telling her to jump. The funny thing is I noticed this over the weekend. I noticed it mostly because she was moving slower due to the heat and it became apparent to me that sometimes she was almost on top of a jump when I said “jump” and sometimes she was strides before a jump when I cued her.
I am trying hard to be much more EFFECTIVE in my verbal cues with Carmie to help prolong her playing time and give her more info as her sight diminishes. Katrin suggested I aim to cue “jump” a stride and a half before she jumped. We tried this and Carmie was much more confident! I did tell her “Go” in a straight away sequence and she clicked both bars. She didn’t knock them but she clicked them and that is unusual. Afterward I gave up the “Go” and cued “Jump, jump” – no clicking. Not sure if it was just bad luck or if it had something to do with the lack of cuing.
I need to firm up Carmie’s “out” command and practice more lateral distance with her. Now that the backyard is drying up I should be able to set up some short sequences.
I am debating purchasing some snow fencing and closing off a portion of the yard when I work. This would be so that eventually Bug (when he is healed completely) could also work in the backyard. Currently he is so sharp-eyed and visually stimulated I do not feel it is safe for him to be loose in the backyard – it is too close to a major street and Bug is too fast.
This morning before work I massaged and stretched Bug to see how he was and whether he should see Cheryl tonight. His iliopsoas muscles were still tight (there was no uncontrollable spasm-ing, just tightening) and his sit was a bit sloppy. I spoke to Cheryl and she thinks the sloppy sit could be because he is a little sore from yesterday or it could be habit. I decided I will have her look at him tonight. If she does not need to do an actual adjustment she will do trigger point therapy in the muscle. At this point I would very much prefer to err on the side of caution.
Thursday night I am picking up the materials to make a rocker board - cheaper than PT (although believe me I will do PT if necessary!).
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