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27 December 2016 - 10:33 pm
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OH also wanted to mention that I’d love to see how Novak conquers the more difficult exercises. As a rear-leg Tripawd, our Wyatt has difficulty with some of the exercises described, like walking backwards and play bows. I’m not sure if it’s because I’m not doing them correctly with him, or because his missing leg prevents him from doing them. When you try them with Novak let us know OK?

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Yep, here’s Novak’s YouTube channel with his amazing and fun videos!

That’s awesome you’re sticking to your homework. I’d definitely suggest alternating workout days.What does the therapist say about that? For our Wyatt Ray , he gets core-strengthening workouts on one day, and then just walks on the next. It works out great for him.   

Yes we are doing alterning workout days, thats what I was trying to explain LOL sorry, my english is bad LOL

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OH also wanted to mention that I’d love to see how Novak conquers the more difficult exercises. As a rear-leg Tripawd, our Wyatt has difficulty with some of the exercises described, like walking backwards and play bows. I’m not sure if it’s because I’m not doing them correctly with him, or because his missing leg prevents him from doing them. When you try them with Novak let us know OK?  

Novak can walk back no problem. For the bow, he does it, but I put my hand under him still, but we only did that 3 times now, I want him to learn the trick and do it by himself one day. But don’t forget that Novak, prior to the amputation, knew a lot of motion due to my training in agility, obedience, disc, etc…

The hardest for us is to do the sit pretty, he doesnt have balance on that one LOL It took me several months to teach that trick to Vega…and I never wanted to teach NOvak because it is so hard…so when it was part of NOvak’s physio plan, I was like….no way… but I will make it a goal to teach him that trick.

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28 December 2016 - 9:38 am
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Murphy had perfected the backwards walk. He was always the one pulling Gus around when they played tug.

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Murphy is a five year old Lab/Chessie cross. He was hit by a car on 10/29/12 and became a Tripawd on 11/24/12. On 2/5/13, he had a total hip replacement on his remaining back leg. He has absolutely no idea that he has only three legs!

UPDATE: Murphy lived his life to the fullest, right up until an aggressive bone lesion took him across the Rainbow Bridge on April 9, 2015 and he gained his membership in the April Angels. Run free, my love. You deserve it!

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28 December 2016 - 10:17 am
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Oh Kathi, Kathi, Kath!!!! Just melts my heart seeing these two again just enjoying life!!! heart Would watch a video of these two all day, everyday, and still want more!!

Yes, Murphy mastered the backward walking PERFECTLY!! Quite the Master at it!!!way-cool

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28 December 2016 - 10:42 am
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ahhhh so cute! Murphy was a pro at the back walk!

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28 December 2016 - 1:30 pm
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He was the perfect backward walker! 

I’ve seen Wyatt do it when playing like that, but when walking on his own, he and I are just uncoordinated and can’t get it down. 

And yeah I totally forgot that Novak already had lots of those skills down. I’d love to see more videos and pics of him doing these moves. I’m sure he’s awesome at all of them!

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28 December 2016 - 1:50 pm
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Elly can walk backward sort of, she kind of goes in a circle big-grin

I have taught her to sit pretty but I won’t let her do it unaided.  She doesn’t have any femur left at all and no muscle padding on her amp side so she is not really stable.  She can to it holding my hand or now holding on to my shoe (if I can keep my balance!).

And it took me months but I finally taught her to bow on command.  I had seen her do it a few times when playing with Obie but I could never get her to do it for me.  We just finished a ‘Tricks’ class before Christmas so now she knows lots of new tricks!

Any day now I will get the camera out….

Karen

P.S.- we are taking an ‘Intro to Nose Work’ class next month… I can’t wait!

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28 December 2016 - 7:09 pm
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wow, so cool Karen! I really hope you enjoy the nose work class! And congrats on teaching the bow trick! YAY, I want to see a video now LOLOL 

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29 December 2016 - 7:18 pm
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Cookie stretches

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Back walking

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Peanut roll

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Play bow

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Push up’s and wheel barrow(that one, he doesn’t like, because I have to hold him with his hind legs)

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Push up’s and Zeus alternative

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Side walking

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Sit pretty(very difficult)

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29 December 2016 - 7:31 pm
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So the sit pretty is very difficult, even just sitting normally, he tend to go on his amputated side, so he’s not square, but that is also part of the exercise that I have to do with him. The wheel barrow thing, he doesn’t like it and he always look behind him and I can’t seem to find a confortable way to lift him up, either under the belly or my the hind “legs”, he’s not confortable. Will ask the physio on that one. The peanut roll is a difficult one as well, but my peanut is small and very soft, so very hard to do push up on it. Today, the back walk was so so, he was too excited and I had to go back on just getting the treat and pushing it to him so he can back walk. When I was using my hand a the back gesture, he wanted to jump.

The videos help me a lot, to see what he was doing and where he was slipping. He clearly has problem just sitting, he seem to slip, even with the mats. I saw those kind of mats, but instead of rubber, they are carpet, I think I will get those, they will be less slippery.

So hope you enjoy the videos. Don’t forget, don’t do the exercises until a physio vet tell you its ok and witch one to do. Every dog is different and the exercise plan too.

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29 December 2016 - 8:40 pm
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What a gift to us all!!! Thank you sooooo much!!! And Novak, you are an EXCELLENT student and EXCELLENT teacher!

My connection is rotten right now so it’s not loading the videos right now.

I’m definitely coming back though! Can’t wait to get a netter connection!

Between the videos and your detailed instructions, Kathi, Karen and Jerry’s tips, we jave a full on Rehab course going on!!!

You and yiur handsome Novak jave made such a positive difference here on so many levels! THANK YOU!!

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Those are great! Thanks so much for sharing.  You can see how smart Novak is and his drive.  The peanut roll is very impressive!

I need to spend more time with Elly on ‘back’, she can do it but often when we practice she backs into a sit.  The Twister food puzzle makes her move her back end around without her thinking about it.

Does Novak have a bit of his femur left? It’s hard to tell since his fur is so long.  Elly doesn’t have any of her femur and no padding around the end of her hip which makes sit pretty really hard for her, she doesn’t have a stable base.  I don’t think I would ever ask her to do it without help.  One of the tricks I taught her is ‘big wave’ where she waves both front feet at once but that lasts just a second so she doesn’t get unbalanced.

I did finally record some of her tricks but for some reason I can’t access my YouTube to upload it.  I’ll try again today.

Thanks again for sharing!

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Yes Novak has a piece of femur left and a big muscle mass  around it. You can see it “working” on the videos. He use it a lot and Im glad he has that bump to help him. Novak can sit squarely, but sometime, he leans on his right side, more confortable I suppose.

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WOW! I waited all afternoon to watch these and am so glad I did. They are PRICELESS! Thank you so very much for taking time to video the exercises and share them with us!  I love the setup and what a bonus we can learn some French too 🙂

Novak is a STAR! superstar It’s fascinating for me to watch because we also have a rear-leg Tripawd. I can see Novak is getting so strong in that rear end, it hardly droops at all. Wyatt doesn’t sit square either and I know that I need to do more work so he does. He also has a stump like Novak.

Yep, you might want to get a larger Peanut. Wyatt is nearly the same size as Novak and uses the 70cm, which works well for him. 

Thank you again. We are going to share the heck out of these!

By the way, can you link to your rehab therapist’s website here? I’d love to give them credit when we post about all the work you’re doing.

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