DISCLAIMER: I am not a veterinarian, please consult your veterinarian before starting any new exercise program. I am trainer and lover of dogs.
The peanut is another great piece of core conditioning equipment for dogs. The peanut is very similar to the human balance ball, except instead of a round shape, it is shaped like a peanut! So you may be asking ‘Why would I purchase a special peanut shaped exercise “ball” when I have a perfectly good one for a human?’ Very simply the peanut allows the dog to be in a very natural stance.
Depending on the size of the dog, a round, convex can cause the dog to take an unnatural stance, their paws can slip off and there can be a curvature of their back, all of which can make the exercise difficult if not a little bit strenuous.
Today we have included a video! Our very first for OhMyShihTzu, so please forgive us. 🙂 Riley demonstrates a few basic moves with the peanut, including: 2 paws up; sit, down, stand, puppy push up & puppy squat. Riley is on the peanut for an extended period of time in the video, but Riley has been working out on the peanut for some time now, so if you are new to the peanut and core conditioning with balance balls, please remember to do short sessions of 5-10 seconds to start with a minimal amount of reps, and performed every other day until they become nice and strong. We never want our dog to be sore and limping the next day.
Today in our demonstration we used the FitPAWS Peanut, Red 50cm (19.5″H, 36.25″L),
Though you may find similar pieces of equipment made for humans, I would highly suggest buying FitPAWS equipment. The FitPAWS equipment has been specifically designed to be used by dogs. Please remember that these are not toys and should never be left alone for a dog to play with.
Disclaimer: FitPAWS did not provide the above equipment nor did we receive any monetary compensation for our post.