Balance Ball Exercises for Dogs (Pawlates)
The Pant & Wag Pawlates workout will help any dog lose weight, build muscle, and reach their peak of physical fitness. Using a balance ball will increase your dog’s core strength, balance, and range of motion while lessening stiffness.
Comparable to balance balls at human gyms, a dog standing, sitting, or laying fully or partially on an unstable platform results in muscular contraction as the dog balances to stay upright. Maintaining different positions on the ball—which shifts with every movement—works different muscle groups simultaneously. The result is a full body workout with particular emphasis on core muscles on the lower back and abdomen.
These exercises are especially useful for ‘elongated’ dogs such as Corgis and Dachshund’s which are prone to lower back pain and injuries as well as giant breed dogs such as Mastiffs and Great Danes who’s core and back muscles have to support a tremendous amount of weight.
Adding this muscle building workout to your dog's exercise routine has multiple advantages, including:
- Better balance
- Core strengthening
- Injury prevention
- Better motion range
- Less stress on joints and lower back muscles
While doggy daycare and dog walkers use a 'cookie-cutter' approach and treat all dogs the same, Pant & Wag exercise programs and fitness adventures are developed exclusively for your dog in Washington, DC.