My surprise for this weekend: Streak is officially healthy enough to compete in disc again. We are taking it slow and only did enough this weekend to get his throw’n’go updif Q. Legit did not think this would happen this year after he dislocated his hock in May but he is a trooper.
A huge shout out to the Veterinary Mobility Center for getting him back a couple months earlier than expected and giving us this opportunity. 💙
I took ¼ speed video of Prowl’s toss’n’fetch league round last night so I could look for any gait issues. Thankfully he seems to be fine.
We think he was curled up in a ball when we were hit and he slid feet/butt/neck first into the side of the kennel since he had a bruise on his chest right where his elbow would be in that position. He also had some tightness in his front assembly from general disc wear-and-tear that they worked out.
I need to keep an eye out for anything that takes time to come up, but we think he is mostly fine and we’re hoping that we got him treated quickly enough to help mitigate some of the inflammation. I also got several new exercises to add to his routine to help keep his front loose – including a bow that Streak offered on his own the other day that I wanted to double check with the vet (it is a very good sign that he offered it and we should keep doing it)
I told Prowl that you thought he was beautiful this morning and he happy-barked then slammed into my gut.
My flyball team stresses non-whiplash returns to tug, so Prowl and I were already pretty close with this.
Here is the video we took initially to go over with our physio vet. I use a bungee tug, keep it low enough at initial contact so he doesn’t jump or slide into it. I also step with and move my arm forward as he decelerates into the tug so it doesn’t provide a sudden stop. I also can’t drop the tug outright because Prowl will run over any teammates behind us because he doesn’t gaf.
Mostly it is good – Prowl naturally does a rear hop when we turn into the stop which prevents his rear legs taking unnecessary torque. The only small issue is that his head angle up a bit at the end, so I’m going to try to modify the return so I swing forward and down with the tug.