Balance & Proprioception

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Proprioception is your dog’s ability to know what position/orientation their 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 or neurological disease.

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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 they 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 increase strength and stability of the limb.