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1 August 2022
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1 August 2022 - 3:28 pm
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We recently adopted a 9 month old front leg amputee Kelpie/ Border Collie cross

He gets around great but we are keen to find out about care now to ensure he stays strong over long term. 
Being a Kelpie/BC he of course tries to be too active😀

any exercise advice would be greatly welcomed!

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1 August 2022 - 11:26 pm
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Hi Johan! Thanks for joining us and your patience. Your future posts won't need approval so post away.

Congrats on the new fur kid! What's his name?

I will have some suggestions for you tomorrow when I'm at my desk. For now check out these articles for some tips:



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I can relate!  I adopted my tripawd, Loki, last fall at 5 months old.  She's a little over a year now.  Her mom was a Siberian and she has all of the drive to run that you would expect of that breed.  We try to do short bursts of activity, rather than longer sessions.  Short walks (15ish minutes).  Go out in the yard and play for a little bit, then put the toys away and take a break.  If Loki is having trouble settling down, having something she can lick helps (frozen Kong, Lickimat, etc) - it gives her a reason to stay in one place and dogs find licking to be soothing.

It's also good to remember that mental stimulation will drain physical energy.  Loki gets all of her meals in a puzzle toy (not the same one every time - I have a few that I rotate through).  We also do nosework as a sport.  My older dog has been competing in nosework for years.  I'm taking my time training Loki before we start to compete - maybe next year.  Border collies are fantastic nosework dogs! 

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2 August 2022 - 11:15 am
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mischief said
I can relate!  

VERY well said, thank you! I would love to see this in Tripawds News! Tag, you're it! PMing you today.

Meanwhile, Johan, yes, what Loki's people said is totally true. interactive brain games are the way to keep a young Tripawd engaged and tired. Your goal is to tire the mind before the body. It's one way to make sure that he gets what he needs without putting his physical health at risk. Here's another post I just remembered about a young dog named Scooby:

How to Exercise Young, Recovering Tripawd Dogs and Cats

What country are you in? Did you know the Tripawds Foundation can pay for your first rehab visit (physio)? It's so valuable that if you follow the criteria (see link) and consult with a "CCRT" or "CCRP" therapist, we pay up to $200 USD for members in North America, the UK, Australia, etc. 

Also see our e-book Loving Life on 3 Legs . We have lots of tips about exercise and staying in shape. And more links for ya;

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