On our last FitDog Friday I introduced you to Coach Luke and told you how he was whipping our girls into shape! I promised some videos of his training and updates on what else we’ve been up to, other than his program of chase/keep-away, wrestling, tug of war, and toy play. We’ve been spending a lot of time out in the snow, because it just won’t go away!! We got 10 more inches on Wednesday night, just in time for the first day of spring.
The first video shows a little bit of Luke’s keep away training game. You’ll notice early on he goes running under the deck. You can’t see it in the video, but he takes them through what I like to call the “agility course”, which is our summer lawn furniture along with their swimming pool all stacked up that Luke likes to weave through. You can see that in the photo below:
We did actually get one mild day a couple of weekends ago, and the deck was actually clear of snow, so we got out the agility tunnel that I got for them. Luke started going through that with very little coaching, and he just loved it.
Cricket also went through when my hubby would throw the ball in there. Sheba tends to be scared of new big things in her environment so we didn’t expect her to go in. Later in the day it got windy out, so I moved it inside, and Sheba did at least check it out, and she did stick her head in there once. We figured that was a good start for her. Even in the house, Luke and Cricket just kept running through it just for fun, with no coaching from us. Thank you, Emma of My GBGV Life for telling us about these tunnels! I can’t wait to get it set up again soon (preferably outside).
It’s been a bitter cold winter so a lot of the playing goes on inside. Here is a video of Luke and Sheba playing tug of war:
We haven’t had a lot of walks this winter because of the cold weather, and also because all of the snow has narrowed the roads so much there is just no good place to walk. Every time I would make some snowshoe trails down through our woods, they’d get covered with fresh snow and I’d have to do it again. I lost my ambition for doing that, but Cricket and I did get a couple of walks out there. It was too icy and rough for Sheba with her arthritis. Instead I have walked Sheba down to the tree farm, which is about a 25 minute walk for us, off of main roads. Luke is still learning to walk on a leash (as opposed to biting it and playing with it), so we don’t go far with him yet. I am so anxious for spring so we can walk more.
I slacked off entering Cricket and Sheba’s activities on PetsMove during the month of February, and felt bad about that (even though I had good reasons). We were playing every day, but I wasn’t keeping track of it. I got myself back on track towards the end of the month, and now I write down our activities in my Petter Planner (thanks to Emma again), so that if I don’t get online right away, I don’t have to rely on my memory as to what to enter. Once Luke is going for longer walks and having more structured play time, I’ll be signing him up too! He hopefully starts basic obedience school the middle of April. We wanted to get him in sooner, but the class filled up before we could get signed up.
So we’ve been keeping busy getting fit and having fun around here, and we’re looking forward to some changes in the routines, hopefully soon. It is such good exercise for the dogs to play in the snow, especially when it’s fresh like today, but I am ready for a little more variety. I can’t wait to get the swimming pool out and see how Luke likes that! Soon, right? Tell that to the weatherman, please.