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Old 10-19-2009, 07:03 PM   #1 (permalink)
 

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my 23 month old pal Debo, enjoys hanging from branches by bike tires but sometime in June he fell from 6 feet onto his back. ever since then he wont do it any more. hell jump into the tree, he just wont bite the tire. he'll just put it in his mouth and let go. I've given him a car tire to roll around the yard to make up for the lost exercise but does anyone have any suggestions on how to encourage him to hang again?
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Old 10-19-2009, 07:53 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Does anyone know about this? It sounds like trauma and I would like to know how to deal with it also.
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Old 10-19-2009, 08:03 PM   #3 (permalink)
 
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I would try lowering to the point where he can grab it and still have his back feet on the ground. They will work themselves to death doing this and its a great shoulder workout. Gradually lift it over time
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I seriously discourage anyone from having their dog hangning while bitting the springpole over a huge height. There is absolutely no point in doing that there is more damage that can be done to the dog than good, like Oldfort said just keep it high enough so he can use the back legs, but do not raise it over time.
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I would have to know what conditioning benefits there were to having a dog hang. My dogs really enjoy the springpole if there's cowhide on it, but we only have it at the height that OFK mentioned, where they can brace with back feet on the ground. They get a nice workout like that.
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