For my post today I have to thank my little sister to thank. Dear sweet and innocent, little Miss Bailie won the Mover of the Month award over at PetsMove.org in December. As the winner, she received a K9 FitBone. The good news is that we can all share it, but I still have to try and remember it is hers and not mine. Sometimes I like to claim everything as my own. My goal for January was to beat her, but I will not be able to do it as she has to really practice her obedience, which means she gets at least half an hour more exercise time a day compared to me. Maybe February when she is done with that stupid class!My UPS friend delivered the package and as you can see the battle began. Bailie couldn’t wait for Mom to unpack the K9 FitBone, she had to sit right on the box! As soon as Mom cut the tape I got in to see what it was all about. I wanted to be first to use it, so I gave it a test run right in the box! Mom took it out of the box and Bailie hopped right on while it was still in the bag! We were pretty excited to see how it worked!
I did the first test once it was completely unpacked doing a “sit on it” (Mom calls it the “Fonzie move”, something about an old TV show). It was a bit wobbly, but with concentration, I got it done. Note my almost perfect form…it had nothing to do with the squirrel outside the window, honest!
Bailie just had to give the same technique a try. She had no trouble balancing at all.
Katie has lots of trouble with her front left leg these days, so she tried just doing her front legs. Since she is a big dog, it is harder for her to get on with all fours anyway. It as interesting to see, as every time she tried, we could see that she barely puts any weight on the leg that bothers her.
Next up was the tricky part, actually standing with all four feet on the K9 FitBone. I had to make a couple attempts before I got the balance. I also flipped it over so the bigger nubbies were on top to help me get grip.
Of course, miss show off Bailie had to jump on with all four paws and tell me how easy it is! Well, for one thing she is much younger and she also worked a lot on her core in the pool in Florida, so no surprise to me!
Katie felt a bit left out since she could not sit or stand on it, so I did the two paw like she did so she could see how it looks. I didn’t have the heart to tell her how easy it was for me.
Last but not least, we had Mom take a few short videos of all of us “balancing”. Towards the end of each of our turns, if you look closely, you can see us start to tremble a bit and the balance slowly start to go. Sorry, no crashes in the video!
You don’t have to spend hours working out to get benefits from the K9 FitBone. Just three to five repetitions, holding each position for around five seconds is enough to work the core muscles. We already see a slight difference after only using it a few times.
I’m joining Fitdog Friday, the 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.
Some exercises only can do good , maybe we should do a little more 🙂
It’s a rough life at my house! We are always having to do some fitness stuff, but usually it is pretty fun.
Amber DaWeenie says
BWHahahaha…Now I call that SURFBOARD TRAINING!!!
Yep! I think Bailie would take up surfing if we still lived near the ocean. She is great at balancing and loves water.
Kate OBrien says
Great job Emma. I Know Bailie won the prize, but it’s great to see all of you using it – even Katie! It’s so nice to see dogs so excited about exercising and willing to try some of these crazy new contraptions they are making. You ladies will end up with ‘abs of steel’.
People and our vet are always saying that Bailie and I are so muscular…duh…we live in a boot camp environment! Better to be fit than fat and we can eat more too if we work out 😉
Ellen Shedlarz says
That is like the thing I use at the gym. Great for balancing exercise . Katie- us seniors have to keep together, balance is important as we get older. What’s with Katie’s leg?
Her arthritis is really bothering her front left leg, so she is limping a lot lately. At least the dragging of the back left paw seems to have almost gone away. It’s good we have four legs so problems can switch off legs.
Roxy the Traveling Dog says
That looks like lots of fun for all of you.
A good workout, not nearly as easy as it looks.
Molly The Wally says
LOL nothing to do with the squirrel outside the window. Yes we believe you, NOT. Perfect practice for surfboarding dudes. Have a fabulous Friday.
Best wishes Molly
We need to move back to the ocean! Me focus on a simple tree rat? Never 😉
Panda the Boston says
Yep! Looks like standing on a raft in the pool! The mom needs one of those because her balance is not so good. Congratulations, Miss Bailie! Emma, you are always so beautiful in your pictures, and Bailie is starting to become a model too! XOXO Panda the Boston
I do have to admit that Bailie is pretty good looking and she does like the camera too. Maybe your mom can get one of these things and use it with you dogs?
Hawk aka BrownDog says
I’ve got to go check and see if they have one of those in a “small horse” size (since my Human seems to think that’s what I am).
Y’all come by now,
Hawk aka BrownDog
It looks big until Katie tries to get on. There is no way she could stand on it with all four feet, maybe sit, but it would be real tight. I am almost too big!
mollie and alfie says
Bawahwhahhwhhwaa Little Bailie’s face . I would chew that up BOL. Looks good fun though 🙂 xxooxxx
Mollie and Alfie
None of us are chewers. Even Bailie, still a puppy, hasn’t chewed up anything. Mom shoved an antler in her mouth the first few weeks we had her every time she started to chew on something, and now when she wants to chew she goes and finds one of the several antlers we have laying around the house.
All 3 of you are so talented. Licks from Laika.
Thank you 🙂
Cascadian Nomads says
Bailie is a natural! That was very nice of you to share your prize with everyone, Emma. I’m glad you all got a workout with it. We use four paw sized balance balls around here so that all four dogs can workout with the same gear.
Cascadian Nomads says
I mean three dogs! Four paws each. Sheesh, I’m glad it’s Friday! (And that we don’t have an extra dog!- The cat does use the balance pads too, though!)
We haven’t tried to get the cat on the bone…that might be fun 😉 TGIF!
We just have to share, and we can all do it when we feel like it since sometimes some of us aren’t in the mood.
Looks like an interesting idea but I doubt I’d stand on it for too long, mummy says I’m a fidget lol
Mom said we needed to stay there, so we did until we lost balance. We keep working on it, and it gets easier.
Congratulations Bailie! You won a great bone for the whole family. Has your mom tried it too?
Mom hasn’t been on it, but she has excellent balance. You should see her moves on ice…rarely falls! I think all the years being a flight attendant helped her a lot.
Oh absolutely, bet she can stand every turbulence :o)
Mom loves turbulence, can’t get enough of it. She loves amusement parks too!
Pawesome Bailie! Emma, you are so nice to help your sisters! Wooooowooooo, xoxox, Ku
We all just have to share since we are all living here together and most of the time we do like each other!
Oz the Terrier says
Wow! Look how well all of you did! I wonder if that FitBone would help so that I balance better in the canoe?!? Not that I do poorly in the canoe, but there is nothing wrong with some extra strengthening exercises. Thanks for showing me the FitBone, Emma.
Mom says it is just like what we did on the raft in the pool on our vacation. It works your core muscles so you maintain balance on an unstable surface, so it probably would build up your core so you could easily stand in a tippy canoe.
Will and Eko says
You guys are going to be ready for the circus in no time!
Is the circus where they pull a wabbit out of a hat? That could be fun, but not sure about wild animals and stuff 😉
Sue at Talking Dogs says
Very, very cool! Congratulations, Bailie!
It is definitely interesting.
It’s good to see you all getting your exercise. I thought you were doing an impression of a cat when you climbed in the box, Emma!
Heavens no! I needed to show Bailie that I am the boss!
Maria Sadowski says
What a cool and fun thing! My dogs would try to eat it, but they’d probably have fun with it. Great photos! =)
Not made for chewing at all! We never thought of chewing on it.
I’ve enjoyed seeing these different balance toys. When we first used a wobble board with Honey, she found it pretty intimidating. I wonder if starting with a soft tool like the fit bone would have made the wobble board easier.
I bet it would make it easier as you can also adjust the inflation in the bone to make it more or less difficult so you slowly ease into it.
M. K. Clinton says
That FitBone looks like a great exercise tool. As the youngest in the family, I sympathize with Bailie, She has a lot to live up to with a big sister like you Emma!
She is destined to make a name for herself, but I have a feeling that name is trouble. She got into some last night at nose work, nothing bad, just using her brains in the wrong way…I will post about it next week.
Liz (Woof Woof Mama) says
That looks AWESOME! Daisy needs to work on her core…we really want to try the FitBone, too! We’ve tried using my balance ball but it’s really too big for her and she gets scared.
The balance ball would be tough since it moves around. This bone stays put, so you only have to work on holding your balance.
Nailah Bone says
It’s so awesome that you guys won! 🙂 I’ve seen a lot of people post on balance tools, going to have to look into it!
We knew Bailie would love it, since she loved balancing on the raft in the pool when we were on vacation.
Dolly the Doxie says
Well I am totally impressed at how well you could stand and stay on that. Mom just kept thinking: no way Jose with me I don’t like anything that moves under my feet. But good job! Love Dolly
It is a bit scary, but Mom steadies us until we are ready to stand on our own.
Traveling Cats says
They seem to love it. Have a lovely Friday.
We find it interesting, except Bailie, she loves it.
Bailie looks a little put out in one of those pictures, like she might be looking for something a little more challenging. 😉
Good job ladies and congrats on winning the challenge at Pets Move.
She is a challenge and may need a challenge!
Jan K says
That is funny, Emma, that you and Bailie were so excited, you couldn’t even wait to get it out of the box to try it out! You all did great, and that looks like it’s really good for you. Congrats to Bailie for winning!
We love getting new stuff! Mom was trying to let Bailie have it first, but I wanted it first.
Golden Woofs: Sugar says
That’s PAWsome 🙂 Golden CONGRATS! More challenge between you and Bailie. It’s a bit small for Katie 🙂 Happy FitDog Friday. Lots of Golden woofs, Sugar
It is a bit small for Katie and she doesn’t like things that aren’t steady these days. At least she gives it a try!
Jackie Bouchard says
Very cool! Wow, you girls are good at that. I think Rita would be afraid of such a thing. It would take me a long time to get her up on it. The hubs just ordered the human version of one of those for us to play with, so we’ll see how that goes… There might be some crashes.
Since the dog version is a bone, what is the human version, a hamburger??? Have fun!
That looks like a pretty nifty new toy. Is it puncture proof?
No it is not. It is pretty solid but you do have to be careful what you set it on or that sharp objects are kept away.
So gnawing on it would be out.
Gnawing would be a big no no.
Congratulations Bailey! Wow I’ve never seen a K9FitBone before. You guys are doing great on it!
We saw it on a post I think in December and Mom had thought about buying one some day but this worked out perfect. It is not easy, but it gets easier as our muscles get stronger.
This is the first I’ve seen and heard of the K9 Fit Bone, it looks awesome! Congrats Bailie! I’m glad she’s sharing it well. 😉 Looks like a great work out! I’m going to look into this.
I don’t know how new it is, but we first heard of it on another blog post in December. Mom put the site in her favorites and was thinking about buying one for us but then Bailie won one, so problem solved 🙂
Christina Berry says
How fun! We’re going to have to check out that nifty new toy! Thanks for sharing!
It is hard work, not so hard for Bailie, evidently, she is a balance queen, but a good core workout.
Brian Frum says
Congrats Bailie, that is one big bone!!!
Unfortunately, it is not edible 😉
Amy and Toby says
That thing looks like a lot of fun and probably harder than it looks.
It looks simple but it is hard to do.
Interesting device. You two caught on quick. I think I could get my dogs to sit on it, but I’m not sure if I could get them to stand on it.
Mom was patient with us. Bailie could care less, it is easy for her to stand or sit. I was a bit afraid to stand, but Mom “spotted” me until I had the balance thing down and then she let go. It is not easy, that is for sure.
Ann Staub says
Wow you guys are pros at that thing! I wonder what Shiner would think of something like this?
I think most of us dogs are a bit scared of it, but if you are real patient and help him so he doesn’t fall off and just kind of hold him lightly until he finds his balance he would be fine with it.
Rooooo I just got a brand new wobble board too. My human and I looked at the fit bone but the instructions said that I would be too long to fit on one and I’d actually need two bones, so we bought an old fashioned wobble board instead. I’ll share some videos of me exercising on it soon *Waggy tail*. You two girls look like you’re pro’s already *waggy tail*
I don’t think you would be too long for it, but have fun with your wobble board. My sister and I are super long, most people don’t realize that until they see us in person. Can’t wait to see how your wobble board works for you.
Sand Spring Chesapeakes says
congrats on mover of the month and a great prize. Beautiful photos, looks like a fun day was had.
Thanks. We are having fun using the bone and it is getting easier the more we do it.
Dogs N Pawz says
Congratulations on winning! That looks like a great prize and lots of fun!
Fun for everyone!
Jessica Rhae Williams says
You guys look cute on that. I have to blow ours up really full so the top and bottom are noticeably curved. Since Chester and Gretel are only 10 lbs, and only take up half of the bone, they don’t get a proper core workout if I don’t do that.
I had to log in using G+ this time. It wouldn’t let me log in with Twitter for some reason.
Hmmm…not sure why that would be, haven’t heard anything from others, but thank you for telling me, I will have to see if others are having trouble. Mom added air to ours little by little until we were better able to stand on it.
That looks like brilliant fun!
Congrats to Bailie. Katie looks like…yeah no big deal for the experienced dog…lol.
But she can’t do all four paws.