The FitPAWS® Peanut is a peanut-shaped stability ball designed for canine fitness and core conditioning.
- Build Core Strength
- Promote Good Form
- Boost Confidence
- Improve Joint Health
The professional-grade heavy-duty PVC material is formulated for use with dogs. It provides superior gripping and resists damage caused by dog nails.
The Peanut is used for core conditioning of sporting and working dogs as well as for animal rehabilitation and therapy. The unique shape of the peanut limits its movement to front/back or side/side, important for dogs new to this type of training. You can also adjust the balance challenge by under-inflating so the ball is not as firm.
Check out this sample of a dog fitness program from the training DVD:
Better for dogs than a round exercise ball:
• More training surface on top
• Dog able to stand in natural stance
• Straight back and relaxed neck
• Saddle dip for stretching
• Easier for handler to control
• Heavy-duty PVC material
• Superior gripping
• Nail resistant
• Hand pump and DVD instruction included
Choosing the correct size and shape of ball for your dog depends on what type of exercises your dog will be doing on the ball.
The size printed on the ball is the maximum inflation height. You can decide whether or not you want to inflate the ball to its maximum height or inflate to a lesser height. Never go over the maximum height printed on the ball.
If you plan to use your ball mainly for core conditioning, measure the length of your dog when it is standing from the front legs to the back legs. Your dog should be able to stand in a natural stance on the top of the ball without being hunched over.
You can always use a large ball for a small dog but never a small ball for a large dog.
If you have more than one dog, choose a size that fits your largest dog.
You may find it more comfortable for your own back to work with your dog on a larger/taller ball.
Using a larger ball for a small dog also has the added benefit of providing more surface area to work on. The FitPAWS Peanut is naturally longer than the FitPAWS Egg and provides more of an elongated surface training area.
For weight bearing activities (when a dog is standing partially on the ground and partially on the ball) choose a ball that is slightly under your dog's withers (or highest part of the shoulders where the neck meets the back.) If you need a ball smaller than the 40cm, consider purchasing the 40cm and decrease the amount of air you pump in so that the ball is shorter than its maximum height of 40cm.