Dog Cat Cavaletti Obstacle Drill Basic Methods and Videos –
Kacey Cat Does Cavaletti Work
Kacey has neurological problems in her hind end. I have been performing laser therapy on her and working on finding exercises that will benefit her quality of life. Her “mom” and I discovered during one visit that she would walk one direction across a particular section of the bar top to get to some place her kitty brain holds special…so special that she will repeat this action many times.
I placed 5-6 remotes across the bar top, and Kacey is to make 5-6 passes over all of them, every other day, doing it all at one time.
She has improved much around the home, and we made some other exercises work for her too.
She is working on losing some of her “extra” girth, too.
Popi Working on Cavaletti Drill Form
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Popi does cavaletti drills AFTER doing my foundation-building drills. He is doing a great job, although he goes a little too fast.
Great improvement since a few weeks earlier he would not use the hind leg that had surgery. He had a hip surgery, FHO, and there were problems with the surgery. Popi did NOT begin with his cavalettis this high; he built up to this height for best success, as per my instructions on cavaletti work post.
Yes, the video needs work. I am a one-person show with tons of demand on my time. You can watch this and get info you may need without the vid being perfect. Keep calm and carry on…
Introducing Cavalettis –
a short vid with verbal pointers about introducing your dog to cavalettis-
Over time, I hope to improve all my videos. This one was filmed in 2015, and it usually takes a while for me to add vids to this site. Regardless of the quality, you will find some helpful pointers in this demo.
Maya has already finished base-building work to recover from torn knee ligament and from hip dysplasia. She was my client for many years, off and on, when she wasn’t racing around her back yard and playing dog tackle.
Maya is a pro, as you will see in the video. Yes, you may try this at home. It will not make sense to try this exercise though before building a foundational leg use base. Please follow my program(s) to get the best results.
The internet is full of “good ideas” from people who don’t have experience with fixing major injuries across many species and over many decades. I frequently help clients who first tried good ideas from the internet or from friends or rehab practitioners who don’t have much broad experience. Unfortunately they destroyed a surgery or complicated an injury. I know it’s really hard to decide whom to believe when peeps give advice. Start slowly and advance thoughtfully. There is a science to the wonder of the universe.
For photos of a few different ways clients have designed cavalettis, click here!
Original Published November 8, 2014. Updated March 27, 2018. I Also Decided to Start Using Vimeo Instead of YouTube & Maya’s Vid is the First One I Posted 😉