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03-10-2014 12:10 AM
kennajo Chip 18....originally I was using the techniques in this exact video. But since my accident and balance issues have become problems and I have a 75 lb. male with extremely strong back legs (he can jump 6 ft straight up ) this technique is no longer a option. I sit in a chair to throw the ball or one hand on the fence. I ask any and everyone to spend time with him and try to be creative with playtime. It's a challenge! Vet visits are really challenging. I go in to scope the place out then take him in and tuck him behind my legs and take LOTS of treats to keep him focused on me and following my commands.
02-25-2014 05:38 PM
Not really a fan of "tools" myself, they tend to mask problems instead of dealing with them (if used incorrectly)
Sometimes when you're dealing with a physical disability using "tools" is the only difference between being able to do something and not being able to do something. We get pretty adept at it through necessity!
02-25-2014 05:17 PM
Chip18 Not really a fan of "tools" myself, they tend to mask problems instead of dealing with them (if used incorrectly) Can you do this?

02-25-2014 05:16 PM
SuperG I'm sure you already investigated this....but try finding someone to work and play with him...a neighbor kid/nephew/niece/sibling/etc.....

Can your dog fetch and retrieve? Take a chair outside and fling a ball with one of those ChuckIt gizmos...Buy a cheap radio controlled 4 wheeler and sit in a comfy chair outside and drive the remote unit around with something attached to it on a string or rope and have him chase it.... I'm just winging it...get creative..and yes...your situation does not make the necessities required easy for you...but the effort will be ever so worthwhile.

Take care as well as a speedy recovery on your aching back.

02-25-2014 05:12 PM
Originally Posted by kennajo View Post
Also as Rocky has aged he has become dog aggressive with unfamiliar dogs especially when Mama's around.
My Tanner is fear aggressive with other dogs. It makes finding safe places to exercise a little harder (sometimes a lot harder, depending on where you live). As I said, fiddle with it until you find what works best for both of you.

I also think it is easier to find a workable routine when the weather is better. It snows where I live, with often icy conditions, and when you have balance issues the weather can be a huge factor.

Keep working at it! You'll get something together, since it is important enough for you to ask on a forum like this one! You'll do great!
02-25-2014 05:04 PM
AdamRDT If you plan to get back into hiking I highly recommend the "Gentle Leader". It goes around the nose and head so that when the dog pulls on the leash it actually pulls the head downward. This may also make things a lot easier on you. Now he probably wont like it at first so what I did was put it on my 11 month old GSD and let her wear it around the house. Then I hooked the lead on and with minimal training she has made a 180° turn around on walking. She now stays right at my left side and when I stop she automatically sits, I couldnt believe what a difference it had made. I have used it to both calm her down and for her to quit pulling. I took baby steps but it all depends on the dog. Overall a terrific training lead. Good luck and hope all works out for you!

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02-25-2014 04:55 PM
kennajo thank you for your response I appreciate it. It is a daily challenge and I haven't spent much time with him which I regret highly! I've even used our truck to give him some excersise with someone driving and me sitting on the tailgate. He loved it. There has been issues with having to loan our truck to a family member so it hasn't been available to me to use also I have a walking stick and I can go hiking in the state Park but again availability of the truck. Also as Rocky has aged he has become dog aggressive with unfamiliar dogs especially when Mama's around. As it warms up I plan to try the hiking again. I am a little uneasy because of balance issues but I will give it a go.
02-25-2014 04:24 PM
sit,stay Wow, I could have written much of your post myself! I had a spinal cord injury in 1995 and never did regain feeling in my legs or bum. And I have balance issues, too.

I have discovered that just about every activity is possible for me, but I do need to figure out how to accommodate my body. My GSD is close to 8 years old now. But he drove me crazy when he was younger. He was like the Ever Ready Bunny, he just kept going and going.

I played a lot of fetch with him. Indoors I would bury his ball in a pile of cardboard boxes and have him find it. I tried to think of things to do with him that exercised his mind as well as his body. I worked really hard on his obedience, so regardless of how excited or antsy he was, his response was rock solid. Walking him became so much easier for me.

I found some old agility equipment and used that in the back yard. I found a place to take him off leash where there weren't other dogs, so he could zoom around me while I ambled along at a much slower pace. So what if I drove there instead of walking. The point was to get him there, where he could run and I could walk. I use a cane when the footing isn't smooth (and sometimes when it is smooth, too!) and Tanner has gotten really good about not bumping into me hard. Thankfully he was never a jumper.

Keep trying different things! You'll eventually find some activities that work for both of you. It can be done. Just keep yourself safe first and foremost. The rest will follow if you keep working on it.

Good luck!
02-25-2014 04:04 PM
help me out please

Ok my German Shepherd male neutered is 4 years old. I had a spinal cord injury in 2012. I haven't been able to work with him as much as I did. He hasn't forgotten his training so much except in the house. He is so hyper that I can only keep him tethered for maybe an hour. It's like he forgets all of his training and he won't listen like he does outside. Turns into a brat!!! I finally have to put him back outside where he is alone. I hate it but with my balance issues and getting scratched up I have to. How can I get him to calm down in the house. I know exercise is part of the answer but again balance issue and back pain but....

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