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Exercises to help control clumsiness?

What types of things do people do to improve gross motor skills in their young, clumsy pups!!

I'm wanting to do agility with my boy and my husband keeps saying he is too clumsy to jump a pole

I know he will grow out of some of it but he is also pretty clumsy...he is just a baby still but if walking on benches, or doing something along those lines would help I'm game...I'd appreciate some advise

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post #2 of 11 (permalink) Old 07-02-2012, 08:44 PM
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your pup is 9 or 10 weeks old. don't worry about
the clumsy. my dog didn't get that tight, powerfull
movement untill he was 1.5 yrs old.
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I would've figured they need to grow into those massive paws before they can figure out how to really use 'em.
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You wouldn't expect a one-year-old human not to be clumsy, would you?
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Start with perchwork, rear end awareness. Don't jump your pup!

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Teddy is six months old now, and the clumsiest dog I ever remember having.

And while she is still clumsy compared to a 2 year old, off-leash running around in a wide open space (like the dog park) did a lot to improve her coordination very quickly. Our backyard just isn't big enough, even if we do play fetch back there.

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I joined an agility class with Beau at 11 months and it is helping with rear end awareness. There are some excercises you can do now that don't involve jumping. (such as laying a ladder on the ground and walking him through it like those football players running through the tires) I rented a nice Chris Zink DVD that I am thinking of buying on that topic but I have to look up the name.

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I rented a Chris Zinc DVD "Building the Canine Athlete: Strength, Stretch, Endurance and Body Awareness Exercises" and it prompted me to click every chapter....was that the same one? I think mine may have been an older version. Bowwowflix has several, I probably chose an original oldie.

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Thanks for the info. Jo_in_TX, jocoyn, and onyx'girl I will try the ladder after awhile. Also I'll look into that video. We do a lot off leash now since we live in the middle of nowhere!

For those of you who think I expect an agility champ at 9 weeks...I was just thinking ahead. I love his awkward stage right now

If there were safe things to do that did not involve jumping I wanted to give it a try.

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That is the DVD I rented. I thought some pretty good ideas in there.
I am making a wobble board (have the stuff now) and the ladder thing is good. Got BEau right at home on 12 inch wide planks now too.

Agility classes are pretty careful with growth plates. They are being realy careful about what they let Beau jump and he is almost a hear. Just low stuff.

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