Balance and Proprioceptive Excercises

Balance and Proprioceptive Excercises

Balance and proprioception go hand in hand. Balance is what keeps your dog’s weight properly distributed. But with poor weight placement, your dog can lose his balance and fall down.

Proprioception is the dog’s ability to know what position/orientation its legs and paws are in while standing or walking. Intact proprioception decreases the likelihood of tripping, falling, and injury.

Proprioception loss in dogs can lead to slight dragging of the limb when trying to walk, tripping, decreased coordination, or improperly placing the foot down when stepping. Proprioception is usually diminished after surgery because the dog is not putting the injured leg down on the ground normally. And in many cases there is a loss of proprioception in neurological diseases too.

Activities that challenge your dog’s balance are important for retraining proprioception. Affected limbs will not only grow stronger as weight is placed onto it, but will also learn to sense what type of surfaces the foot is standing on. Although these exercises may look simple, they are actually quite challenging for your dog.

Balance and Proprioceptive Exercises will increase your dogs ability to stand and walk properly, increase balance and coordination, encourage limb use and increases strength and stability of the limb.

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