Otis Sowards

French Bulldog
6 years, 2016

Concerns/Goals/What Brings You in Today?: Weightloss, knee strength to avoid surgery, general well-being

12-3-22 Initial report

Background

Supplements: n/a
Food: kibble
Activities: walks, fitness with fido classes
Injuries: right knee surgery 2020, pinched spine nerve in 2021
Equipment access: Klimb, balance disc, peanut, propel

 

Long term goals– lose about 3 lbs, define waist, strengthen knees to avoid surgery and even up muscle mass in back legs, about 1.5cm difference, from luxating patella surgery on the back left leg, 3 years ago, 2020
 

Short term goals within 6 weeks 1-14-23 – lose .5 lbs, start evening up thigh muscles, 1.5cm difference, work to .25cm difference

 

right back leg – 26.5 cm
left back leg – 25 cm
waist – 51.5cm
chest -64.5 cm
weight – 30 lbs
 

Checkpoint Posture Assessment
hold a stand for ten seconds without sitting or lying down? yes
shifting more weight onto their forelimbs? No, wide stance
shifting more weight onto their hindlimbs? Yes on right back leg
Are they avoiding putting a good deal of weight on one of their limbs? about 20%
What does their topline look like? straight


Checkpoint Exercise Assessment
Standing Still: Wide stance, not fully stacked/extended, short stance
Stand with Head Tilt Up: Lifts front paw
Backing Up: Using front legs more to back up
Sit to Stands: yes
Elevated Sit: Yes, somewhat slouched and slanted to right
Plank (duration & Equipment): Weight shift more on right back leg
Walk/Gait/Endurance:
Elevated down: Tight hips

SUMMARY
OVERACTIVE MUSCLES: right back leg
UNDERACTIVE MUSCLES: inner thighs
NOTES: Primary core work & even thighs up; secondary lose weight

Below are the progress photos, the back view you can really note the weight shift!  

Measurement Tracking
Date12/3/221/24/23 3/24/23
Weight3028 
Chest64.562.25 
Waist51.551.5 
Thigh R/L26.5/2524/23.5 
Warm Up & Cool Down Routine

Warm Up with side stepping, backing up, toss and run, walking, uphill walking, etc for 2-10 minutes

Cool Down with massage, high paws up on klimb, bow, cookies stretches for 2-10 minutes

Red Light Laser Therapy when possible 

Session 1 Homework 12-3-22:

starting with building up core strength and form.

circuit 1

toss & run game – 3 minutes, aim for daily with toy or can green beans or carrots for calories and visibility. Getting on and off treadmill turned off to become familiar.

circuit 2

Paws Up – 3 sets of 20 seconds on balance disc, once a day or every other day 

circuit 3

Plank Head Nods Up – try 10-20 reps once a day with breakfast and/or dinner

Session 2 Homework:

continue with last week’s exercises and add these to his routine. Try to do 3 out of 5 exercises daily, mixing it up so you do all of them without repeating. 1 minute treadmill, 12 incline, 1 mph

circuit 1

elevated sit – 3 sets of 20 seconds

circuit 2

back up to target – 2 sets of 4

Session 3 Homework:

continue with last week’s exercises and add these to his routine. Try to do 3 out of 5 exercises daily, mixing it up so you do all of them without repeating. Owner going on 2 week vacation, will pick up from here when she returns. 2 minutes treadmill, 12 incline, 1 mph

Circuit 1

Up and down paws up combo, 20 secs front, back paws 10 sec  – 4 minutes 

Circuit 2

Plank – regular 30 seconds 

Circuit 3
  • Plank alt left and right – 20 reps total
  • Plank left side looks –  8 reps
  • Plank right side looks – 8 reps
(Rest in between)

Circuit 4

Repeat circuit 1& 3 

Session 4 Homework:

adding in progressions from last week. 3 minutes treadmill, 12 incline, 1mph

Circuit 1

Dynamic Up and downs, 8-10 passes each

  • Regular
  • Pauses
  • Look left and right

Circuit 2

  • Plank on Propel Regular hold – 30 seconds
  • Plank looking up and down – 30 seconds
Circuit 3
  • Plank with propel and disc, 2 on 2, 30 seconds each way, repeat

Circuit 4

  • Rear leg targeting, 5 each back leg – work on cue
Session 5 Homework:

start working on inner & thighs to strengthen knees as his core strength has developed up. 5 minutes, 12 incline treadmill

Circuit 1

Rear Leg Targeting, 10 each back leg

Circuit 2

Rear Leg Adduction Hold, 10 seconds, 4-6 rounds

Circuit 3

Pivots, each direction, 1-2 times

Circuit 4

Lateral Holds, 20 seconds

 

can really tell the external rotation in back left leg

Session 6 Homework

continue working on inner & thighs to even up. Progress check in

5 minute treadmill, incline 12, 1 mph. Stayed on the whole time

Circuit 1

Plank, 30 seconds, 8 rounds

Circuit 2

Rear Leg Adduction Hold, 20 seconds, 2-3 rounds

Circuit 3

Pivots to Targets, each direction, 1-2 times

Circuit 4

Side Step to Lateral Hold 10 seconds, 4 rounds

Progress Check In 1-24-22:

Measurements 1-24-23

right back leg – 24 cm
left back leg – 23.5 cm
waist – 51.5cm
chest -62.25 cm
weight – 28 lbs

Lost 2 lbs and 2.25cm around chest! Waist is more defined though the same size. .5cm difference between legs! Evened up by 1cm!! 

Long term goals  lose about 3 lbs, define waist, strengthen knees to avoid surgery and even up muscle mass in back legs, there’s about 1.5cm difference, from luxating patella surgery on the back left leg, 3 years ago, 2020. Working hard and already meeting those goals! New goals, 1 more lb to reach goal weight, but mainly work on strengthen the knees and overall health. 

Short term goals within 6 weeks 1-14-23 – lose .5 lbs, start evening up thigh muscles, 1.5cm difference, work to .25cm difference. Met all those goals, congrats! New goals, even up thighs, currently there’s .5cm difference, work on .25cm. New check in date: March 24th.

Session 7 Homework 2-8-23

Start focusing more on evening up thighs

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