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  •  My daughter loves her hula hoop (2+ / 0-)
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    She can go on for like 30 minutes, she could go for longer if her lungs would hold out. I think she's going to use one of her older ones for the Sophie puppy to jump through.

    "Madness! Total and complete madness! This never would've happened if the humans hadn't started fighting one another!" Londo Mollari

    by FloridaSNMOM on Fri Jan 11, 2013 at 07:04:14 PM PST

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    •  Next thing is you'll have to (4+ / 0-)
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      get her to belly dancing lessons!
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      In the '50s I had one and never could get the hang of it.  LOL

      Dylan, the corgi, did much better with it as a circus hoop at Therapy Dog visits to nursing homes.  

      If you want her and the pup to get into dog agility (great fun!) start by taking the pup out to wooded areas where there are logs on the ground, things to go under, etc.

      Walking the top of a good sized log, helps a dog with balance and being aware of what the rear legs are doing.  Stepping over branches, under low branches, through narrow openings helps to build confidence.

      When Dylan finally saw an agility course, he took to it like a natural.  Even the see-saw, where they walk up toward the middle and then as their body goes past the fulcrum point, the plank goes down with a crash, didn't hold any fear for him at all.

      Just watch out for the poison ivy!  Or maybe you have poison oak in FL?    

      •  Very little poison ivy... (0+ / 0-)

        it's too hot I think. I don't get poison oak so not sure about that one. I just don't have anywhere I can get to to take her like that. But maybe once we move we will. (We live in the city, no car, we take the bus.) She wants to get a crawling tube, and use the hula hoop and start things that way, things she can do in the house or just take outside.

        "Madness! Total and complete madness! This never would've happened if the humans hadn't started fighting one another!" Londo Mollari

        by FloridaSNMOM on Fri Jan 11, 2013 at 09:32:18 PM PST

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        •  Sounds like a plan! (1+ / 0-)
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          There might be a book in the library about dog agility.  Lots of home made obstacles are possible.

          Also once you get resettled, via the internet, google dog agility clubs for your area, and contact their contact.  If someone lives close they might be willing to take your daughter to a couple of meets or to observe classes.

          Is there a 4-H / Extension office in your county?  They often have dog groups and the adult leaders (they are vetted) will bend over backwards to include interested youth, even ones with transportation difficulties.  (I know, I used to be one!)  In a rural county there is almost no bus service and kids can be isolated.

          The one here in the rural NY county where I live, even has a club for kids with challenges, like the ones you mention your kids have.  It's a core group and the kids cycle into other groups like gardening, rabbits, floral, sewing, cooking as they are individually able.  

          •  Books.. (0+ / 0-)

            Yep, I'm researching one to put on her tablet as well, so she can actually see it and read it herself (low vision issues).
            And yes, once we get moved I'll look into clubs and 4-H thank you. We won't be in the same county, so I'll wait for that until we get moved, or at least know if/when we're moving. Sophie (the pup) is only 4 months, and we're also working on assistance dog training, starting with basic obedience at this point, so there's plenty of time.

            "Madness! Total and complete madness! This never would've happened if the humans hadn't started fighting one another!" Londo Mollari

            by FloridaSNMOM on Sat Jan 12, 2013 at 04:38:10 AM PST

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