Benefits of Balance

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Our A to Z Challenge letter today is “B” and we’re posting about the Benefits of Balance.

Today is also Wordless Wednesday, so I’m going to keep it brief. Luckily, one of my favorite pictures of SlimDoggy Jack is one that demonstrates one of the regular exercises we do with him to improve his balance and strengthen his core:



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We’re joining the A to Z Challenge and keeping our own Blog Hop of our A to Z posts. Feel free to join the Hop with your A to Z Challenge post!


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  1. That is a very descriptive photo. Most especially with long backed dogs (like Brychwyn and Wilhelm) we have to focus on balance and core strength every single day!
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    • Good point – core strength is critical for them.
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  2. happy hump day slim doggy!
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  3. Jack looks a tad distracting while working on balance. Perhaps there was a squirrel? 😉

    –Woofs (and purrs) from Life with Dogs and Cats
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  4. What a great picture!
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  5. Great pic!
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  6. Go Jack! What great Balance you have! A great “B” for the A to Z Challenge.
    *high paw*
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  7. Once again – you provide us with so many great and simple ideas. I will have to try that with the Boys. Thanks so much Slim…
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  8. Thanks for visiting my dogs. You will meet other Labradors at various stages during A-Z as I have spread them around a bit.
    You take a good photo.

    • Thanks – it’s not skill, mostly luck and a good model 🙂
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  9. We use a wobble board with Honey. But I wonder if the softer surface you use with Jack would be more comfortable for her.
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    • Wobble Board are good, but the cushion does provide a softer surface and ups the challenge a bit too because it doesn’t just move on one plane. Try it.
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  10. Thanks for the reminder I need to do more balance and core strength with Bourbon! 🙂 Great picture!!
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  11. Perfect for the letter B!
    Happy Wordless Wednesday!
    BTW is there any way I can edit my URL that I entered for your A to Z blog hop? I didn’t realize it stayed up the whole time and I only entered Day one in the link. If not no worries. Thanks Slim! Have a great day!
    ღ husky hugz ღ frum our pack at Love is being owned by a husky!
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    • I’m going to add to the linky each day with my new post, so feel free to do that, or I can edit your link – just tell me what you want it to be.
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  12. Hey Slim, if you wouldn’t mind just putting in the regular link for my blog, that way it doesnt have to be changed ever again. That would be great!! thanks again!!!!
    Here is the link
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  13. Looking fit, trim and balanced. I also use the pushing exercise you demonstrated to keep Eko off balance at the park – as a side bonus it also riles him up to do some more running.

    • Yes, it does rile them up too, although I have the feeling Eko would run all day long.
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  14. you look great Jack! Mom loves your muscles (and dad is green with envy now). Have a super wednesday!
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  15. We need to try one of those! Daisy likes to play with my big fitness stability ball but we haven’t been very successful at getting her to balance on it without us holding her/it!
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  16. Just look at that core strength! You know the place where I work has a class called Puplates which works with building strength and confidence too, it’s so cool to watch!
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  17. Sydney fell down this morning. She was running to get outside and slipped on the garage floor. She was up and out the door in no time, but I wonder if working on her balance is something we should start now instead of later.
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  18. It’s a great picture! But no way you could get me to stand on that (it would take so many treats it would defeat the purpose). Love Dolly
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  19. He certainly looks like a pro at this exercise! I think if I tried this with my girls they’d climb on, curl up and have a snooze – lol!
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  20. What a great photo! I read someplace that three-legged dogs should use these to strengthen their legs. My tripawd is always slamming his one front leg (too hard, it seems to me, but it doesn’t seem to phase him in the least), but his legs are very, very strong. Something to think about, maybe I’ll try it one of these days.
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    • He’s other legs certainly have to compensate and are probably very strong. Some extra balance certainly will help him.
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  21. Great picture. He does his exercises so well.
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  22. Is he channeling Jack LaLanne? Such a fit SlimDoggy!
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  23. Dogs have such an advantage in balance by being on four paws.
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  24. What a great idea! and so simple… thanks for that letter B.
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  25. Mom says her sense of balance is one of her most important attributes. We think if she didn’t have such good balance she would have landed flat countless times by now because of our walking antics and all the ice and stuff we try to trip her up on. It is important for us too and especially now getting ready for dog bikini and swimming season. K9 FitBone is waiting for me!
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    • Critical to staying upright when you have three dogs going in different directions! Can’t wait to see you in your bikini 😉
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  26. Balance (and core strength) are both SO important! Nice choice for a B word. (Oh… Core strength… is that your C post for tomorrow? I’m having fun trying to guess the posts people will put up for this A to Z challenge. Wish I’d had time to play along, but hopefully next year.)
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    • Nope, C is not core. We published out list of topics a few weeks ago so anyone who wanted to join in on any day could…but no peeking ahead.
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  27. Keep it up Jack! You’re looking good. Keeping those core muscles all toned up is not an easy job.
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    • Maintaining his studly appearance is hard work 🙂
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  28. That is a beautiful photo! I’ve never tried any types of balance exercises with Sadie. Would that kind of balance equipment work with a little dog? It looks like it might be too high for Sadie. Or do they make small dog sizes?
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    • They do come in different sizes, so you could get one that is just right for Sadie.
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  29. Those strength pillow things look really interesting. Been seeing a lot of people use them, too. I should probably look into them! 🙂
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    • You should get one Nailah – good for helping build strength and burn some calories.
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  30. You make it look so easy, Jack. Let’s see you balance on all four paws!
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  31. My human mommy is always working on her balance and core through yoga, but she never thought about my balance and core. Now we have something to add to the exercises that we already do for my hips and elbows. At this rate, I should be bikini ready by summer!
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  32. That exercise look great for keeping a dog fit and limber, especially when they get older!
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  33. Slim Doggy Jack is the coolest dog ever. 🙂
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  34. Nice pic of Jack. I actually was speaking with some agility people about this recently.
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  35. Nice core work!! Noticed that Scooter can hold a ‘core’ pose after using a couple of your exercise tips. Happy WW
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  36. Excellent job Jack!

  37. Hello my Slim Doggy friends!
    Super slim Pixel coming by after FAR too long a time since we last visited. I hope you all are well. So what is the name of that very cool looking balancing tool? It looks like fun. How does it work? I know, too many curious Schnauzer questions.
    I’m wondering if it would help me in my survivalist training? Hmmmm…..
    I’d love to have you come by to see what I’ve been up to. Take care and have a great Friday!
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  38. Nice picture of SlimDoggy Jack! He looks so fit!

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