|Happiest little snow dog!|
|Uncle Ben wanted to enjoy the snow with Barley, too.|
|But he failed to stay upright and she decided to herd him.|
|Bar with my parents' dog watching her Uncle Ben and his sweet girlfriend sled|
Unfortunately, my neighborhood had other plans. The parking lot to our complex is one big sheet of ice and that isn't likely to change as long as it stays under 30 degrees, so we have to basically skate out of the parking lot, which is a little frightening with my romping snow dog (who seems to forget the word heel the second she sees the first snow flake). There's a few feet of clear sidewalk right outside of our complex, but then the sidewalks on all of our regular walking roads are sheets of ice, too. Since most of our regular streets are busy roads, we can't just walk in the street instead most of the time, which means we have to either take short walks or walk down the same roads several times.
Bringing a border collie mix into an apartment might not have been the smartest decision I've ever made, but most of the time we can walk enough to burn off her energy. But my little snow puppy seems to get more energized the more time we spend in the snow, so exercise is even more important now than ever, especially for poor Soth's sanity. (Thanks to all of the Christmas goodies, Bar also has a little holiday weight to work off--2 lbs. to get back to her usual weight, 4 to get back to her ideal weight.)
|Uncle Ben brought Bar a Grinch cupcake from a ritzy pet store|
Remember the posts that Barley and I have for our figure eights and practicing our agility crosses? My wonderful mom modified them over break so that they could be turned into a jump! So we practiced a few crosses with the jump and then I had her do figure eights with a jump until she was worn out, which only gave me and Soth about 30 minutes of peace and quiet before she was back to her energized, crazy self.
It was time to break out the wobble board that Santa brought. I highly recommend wobble boards for anyone living in an apartment with a dog or in a snowy, icy area like mine or both. They are fantastic exercise and lots of fun. There are lots of uses for a wobble board. For agility, they are good for getting dogs accustomed to wobbly things like a teeter-totter. They also help build balance and core strength. You can have your dog do lots of things--sit, stand, down, a couple feet on--to target different muscle groups or work on different skills.
|My off-centered dog|
The best part about the wobble board is that she's having so much fun she doesn't even know that we're actually training. She thinks it's all play.
After a good jump session, a wobble session, and a late evening toy-tossing session, Barley is finally worn out and sleeping in the spare bedroom so I can watch my guilty pleasure, Pit Bulls and Parolees, in peace.