Get on the Ball DVD
Clean Run Productions LLC
Author: Debbie Gross Saunders
Format: DVD, NTSC format
Running Time: 1 hour, 16 minutes
Release Date: 2007
Would you like to improve your dog's core strength, balance, flexibility, tone, and endurance? Whether you have a healthy competition-level performance dog, a dog recovering from an injury, or a new pup, TheraBall work is an extremely useful cross-training activity—and, it's something you can do in the comfort of your living room regardless of the weather. Exercising on the TheraBall strengthens your dog's core (the muscles in his trunk and abdomen). For dogs that do agility, core strength is vital to help prevent injuries and to improve the dog's ability to collect and control his body for jumping, turning, and running. Better core strength also provides better support for your dog's back. But that's just part of the benefits. A regular TheraBall exercise routine also improves your dog's balance and kinesthetic awareness (essential to dogs traversing contact obstacles in agility), increases the dog's range of motion and flexibility, improves the dog's reflexes, and leads to increased muscle tone and endurance.
This DVD provides three easy-to-follow programs for your dog—beginner, intermediate, and advanced—as well as an introductory program for puppies. There are also separate forelimb and hind-limb strengthening programs that you can use to address specific problems.
About the Author
Debbie Gross Saunders began her physical therapy career with a Bachelor’s of Science degree in physical therapy from Boston University. It was during her education that she began to think about combining her love for animals with the principles of physical therapy. She holds a Master of Science degree from Quinnipiac College in Hamden, Connecticut in Orthopedic Physical Therapy with distinction and became board certified in orthopedic physical therapy from the American Board of Physical Therapy Specialties. She will also be pursuing her doctorate degree within the next year. Debbie has been working with small animals for over 14 years. During the past seven years, she has become passionate about the recognition and treatment of injuries in athletic dogs. She currently runs a facility on her 23 acre farm that can accommodate lengthy stays for the rehabilitation of dogs, and in particular athletic dogs. She is one of the founders of the first, and only, university-based program in canine rehabilitation, University of Tennessee’s Certificate Program in Canine Physical Rehabilitation. She remains actively involved in this program and teaches throughout the year.