Increasing back leg strength and core strength in your dog

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Increasing back leg strength and core strength in your dog


Targeting your dog’s back legs and core with specific exercises is a smart strategy. You can prevent hip displaxia at early age by improving your pups performance, coordination and posture.

Ali its a little bit lazy on he back legs and core. She tends to sit on a side or gets down from a sit stay very fast. I am starting early with some exercises that will prevent her from having injuries associated with osteoarthritis and other soft tissue issues.

Canine core and back leg strengthening has many benefits. For example, an older arthritic dog can use those muscles to take stress . A strong core is crucial for active athletic dogs or long backed dogs such as dachshunds or corgis to help prevent injury. 

Hind leg exercises:

Walking with two legs: 

A healthy dog will jump or get on its two back legs for his favorite treats. Once he reaches your hand start to walk forward and he will follow

sit pretty:

I love this trick! It looks very pretty and its also very good for your pup hips and back legs.

1. Make your dog sit against a wall facing you

2. Present his favorite treat, put it against his nose and move it back

3 As soon as he gets up with his front legs without standing up mark it with a yes or good boy and reward him.

4. repeat until you have frequency and then you can aim for endurance!


This trick is hardcore by all means but it never hurts to try new things!

1.Back up:

-make your dog stand up in the middle of two chairs lure him back and walk towards him.

-When he takes one or two steps mark it using a clicker or good boy! and reward him

-repeat until he takes three or for steps consistenly

2. Backing up on a wood board

-Once you have a solid back up place a strong wood board on the floor (preferably bigger than your doggie size)

-Make him back up on top of the board

3. Going up

•Start placing the board next to a wall and ….pat explain

Core exercises:


Sit-to-stand is a key component in canine conditioning. A dog should be encouraged to sit with a nice tight sit without the legs kicking out to the sides. Some dogs may easily be able to do this without too much prompting. Other dogs may need some encouragement to tighten their sit.  Start this with repetitions of up to five. This exercise may be incorporated into every day activities, such as asking for five sit-to-stands before eating dinner or going outside.  The number of repetitions may be increased as the dog is able. 

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