Emma here reporting to you from our pool in Florida. Bailie and I both love to get wet and swim but we don’t like the pool much. We can get on the first step, but then we have to swim or sink, and that just isn’t much fun. Mom wanted us to do something in the pool, so she rigged up an air mattress with a floaty board for us to float on.
What does this have to do with FitDog Friday? We were working our core muscles like crazy. Have you tried to stand or sit on such a contraption? It is a true test of balance and strength. I did try it a few times but it really wasn’t my idea of a good time. Bailie, on the other paw, loved it. She did not want to get off. Bailie even fell completely in the pool a few times and had to dog paddle a bit until Mom saved her, but that did not deter her.
The way we worked it, is that Mom would lift us onto the board on the mat and set us down. She steadied the mattress until we had it under control, and then we would just float around the pool. Bailie would be really tired after doing it for a while…a tired puppy is a good puppy, giving Mom even more incentive to work with Bailie on this exercise. Katie doesn’t like water and wanted nothing to do with the nonsense!
Most of the time I was lying down as I did not want to fall in, but Bailie spent most of the time sitting and sometimes standing. No matter how we were positioned, we had to use our muscles all the time to keep our balance.
Once we were stable enough to float on our own for a bit, Mom took some short video to show how we do it.
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If you have a pool, give this a try. If we were going to be at a pool a lot we would get some flotation vests but since it was only two weeks, we did not want to buy any. Swim on over to the FitDog Friday blog hop sponsored by SlimDoggy, Peggy’s Pet Place and To Dog With Love Stop by and see what other dogs are doing to stay fit!