In Week 9, we cover Stair Work, Supervised Off-Leash or Long Leash Activity and Jogging.
Weekly Rehab Instructions:
At this point, you can start to incorporate stairs as a type of exercise. Make sure your dog is on a leash and if they need support under their belly, use a towel or some other type of harness. Start slowly up a few stairs and then back down. You can start to increase the number of stairs and frequency as you progress. DO NOT allow your dog to go up and down the stairs on their own. It is still too early for this. Always keep your dog on a leash
Supervised Off-Leash or Long-Leash Activity
You should always check with your veterinarian first to make sure that it is okay for your dog to have some off-leash time while being supervised of course. However, if you know that your dog cannot be stopped from jumping or chasing a ball, another dog, squirrel, etc. DO NOT allow him to be off-leash yet!
A great way to increase muscle strength and mass is to have your dog jog. While taking your dog for a walk, have them jog for 20 feet and then stop. This exercise can be done 3-4 times a day.