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    Question Training Tips for People with Physical Limitations.

    Has anyone got some training tips for people with physical limitations? I am looking for some simple training tips that make things less painful and thought someone may have some ideas and it may even help others with sore knees, backs etc.

    I have permanent nerve root damage from a motorbike accident to my C spine with a vertebral fusion at C5-C6 and am unable to move my left arm above shoulder height on a good day and from the elbow on a bad day, and some days I would love to gnaw my knee off as well as my shoulder. I am finding it really hard some days to throw a ball/toy far enough to play catch and even walk to retrieve it.

    If anyone has some tricks they use to get around physical problems I would love to hear them.

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    I have a back problem caused by a form of chronic arthritis. I found I could use a ball tosser though. I know most people lift them above their shoulder to throw, but I found it easier to stretch my arm sideways to throw and also found it gave me more accuracy as to where the ball would land. And it doesn't take much more than a flick of the wrist that way if you use the right ball. We use 'hi bounce' balls. Ours are Mambo brand, but I know there's some others around. They sell them at BigW, Kmart and sports stores. They're a tiny bit smaller than a tennis ball - so take less force to flick out of the tosser, and they are lighter. And because they bounce so well - even on grass or dirt - it is easier to get them further away and the dogs usually love all the bouncing.

    As for the retrieving the ball... I started training my dog to do it, but haven't been consistent. There's some great vids on youtube on how to train a dog to retrieve. And with the ball tosser you won't have to bend down to pick the ball up.

    Can't think of anything else I do differently. I take my dog up to an off leash area twice a day and she usually excercises by playing with other dogs or chasing birds. My worst worries are her bashing into me when she is running aroun like a lunatic (happened once, I stayed upright and didn't suffer too much pain) and her suddenly lunging sideways on the lead when she decideds to play with another dog we pass.

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    Cheers Beloz I had been thinking about the ball tossers but hadn't bought one because the one I tried was pretty crappy for accuracy, will have to try some more out in the pet shop. And I hadn't even thought about the balls will have to give the high bounce ones a go. And will try wrist flicking it like you have explained

    Zeke is a great one for playing fetch but the days he is being a typical pig headed BT puppy its a pain to for me to be doing the fetch.

    But I may have a solution for you that could help with pain from pulling and lunging on the leash, because my left shoulder dislocates under low loads and I have lost strength in both arms due to the nerve root damage, I have a leash with a length of fairly strong graduated elastic like thick bungee cord that absorbs the shock really well when they pull hard or unexpectedly, I am pretty sure I got it from City Farmers but I have also seen home made ones where people have a length of bungee cord shorter then a leash and they have just tied it on at both ends to absorb shock.
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    ball throwers are the best thing since sliced bread! no more dog slobber on your hands. and you get better with practice at using them. i've found the ones from the $2 are better than the pet store ones also - last 10 times as long

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    Yeah, I bought mine at KMart or one of those stores for a couple of bucks too.

    Thanks for the tip on the leads Kdee. I'll look into it.

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    Will try k mart etc and mymatejack and beloz if anyone sees a crazy lady trying out ball throwers in k mart I'm blaming you two
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    I didn't try the ball thrower because they only had one anyway and it was packed in plastic. But I did try out some of their dog frisbees in the ailse! They all sucked... I was glad I discovered that before I paid for them.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Beloz View Post
    I didn't try the ball thrower because they only had one anyway and it was packed in plastic. But I did try out some of their dog frisbees in the ailse! They all sucked... I was glad I discovered that before I paid for them.
    LOL with my luck I would smack someone in the head with it and they would sue for emotional distress. I normally try things out before I buy and trying out kids toys is the best
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    I guess you could try teaching targetting, eg dog targets a ball on a stick and then you teach a go out to the ball on a stick further and further away until you have a go out and back without any throwing or walking on your part.

    My dog isn't all that interested in retrieve - especially if there are distractions around so I never bothered with a throwing stick - all that does is make it further for me to walk to get the ball myself. She will chase another dog chasing their ball and take the ball if the other dog "gives" it to her ie fails to grab the ball itself.

    There's one guy at our obedience club who trains and competes in a wheel chair. Dog is pretty adaptable.

    Training the target
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    and this one - Training the "go out"
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    But you probably want to read all the articles.

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    Thanks Hyacinth hopefully the thread may help others as well, I know for me some days are just outright painful so anything that helps is great, if it was just my legs effected it wouldn't be so bad but throwing a ball some days is like trying to lift a 100kg weight, will have a read of the links tonight when I have some quiet time to concentrate
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