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Paw Pods - FitPaws


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The Paw Pods are specially designed to challenge your pet when it comes to paw placement and balance simultaneously. These pods improve your dog’s dynamic balance, independent limb awareness and coordination. The textured nubs on the pods aid in neural stimulation, engagement, and paw grip. Paw Pods can be used as a stand-alone training item or in conjunction with other FitPAWS equipment.

FitPAWS products have been designed specifically for dogs and are trusted by thousands of fitness and rehabilitation professionals, clinics, training facilities, and pet parents. FitPAWS strives to  help strengthen muscles, increase range of motion and flexibility, engage neuromuscular facilitation, provide sensory and perceptual stimulation, joint alignment and balance control in all types of pets. Whether your pet is involved in sporting activities or just a house-pet, core strength is necessary for your dog to control its body during movements like running, jumping, and turning. Fitness Training is also a great way to help prevent injuries!

CONDITIONS

  • CCL Tear
    • Partial
    • Full
  • Luxating Patella
  • Intervertebral Disc Disease (IVDD)
  • Degenerative Myelopathy (DM)
  • Sprains and Strains
  • Arthritis
  • Chronic Inflammation
  • Tendonitis
  • Sports Conditioning and Training

BENEFITS

  • Agility & Flexibility
  • Body/Limb Awareness & Balance
  • Muscle Building
  • Beginner Balance Training
  • General Fitness
  • Rehabilitation
  • Injury Prevention
  • Neural Stimulation
  • Improve Weight Bearing Consistency
  • Develop Motor Skills
Features

FEATURES

  • Non-slip surface
  • 4 paw pods included in each package
  • 5" diameter for paw placement
  • Sensory bumps provide neural stimulation
  • Defined area for foot position
  • Can be inflated to different Intensity Levels based on dogs progress
  • 30-day warranty for manufacturing defects
  • Pump sold separately
Use & Care

CARE

  • DO NOT OVERINFLATE.
  • Deflate to wash, use warm soapy water to clean. Lay flat to dry.
  • Deflate when not in use. Leaving the product inflated permanently may cause the material to thin and become weakened, which may increase the risk of puncturing the product when in use. 
  • Avoid using products like Simple Green, Lysol wipes, bleach and other harsh detergents on any of your inflatable balance products.
  • Do not store on a stand. This can affect the quality of the Paw Pods by producing wear marks which may become weak areas.

USE

  • Consult with your veterinarian/physical therapist to determine the best treatment plan.
  • Do not leave your pet unattended when using the Paw Pods. This product is not a toy and is meant for rehab and fitness use only. 
  • Do not store in sunlight or extreme temperatures, this can change the durability of the Paw Pods. Avoid exposure to direct sunlight or heat, such as heaters, lamps, fireplaces, etc.
  • Before each use, check the exercise area and your clothing for sharp objects that may puncture or damage the Paw Pods. Always use the exercise equipment in a large, open room to reduce the risk of injury or puncturing the product.
  • DO NOT use on abrasive surfaces.
  • Avoid direct contact with ink printed material as the ink can transfer and mark the inflatable products.
  • DO NOT patch or repair punctured equipment.
  • The Paw Pods can be used either indoors or outdoors depending on your dog's preferences.

INFLATION

  1. Always inspect your FitPAWS products for damage. The Paw Pods will come partially inflated but will require further inflation before use. 
  2. Allow time for the inflatable products to get to room temperature. If the material is too hot or too cold it will not inflate properly. We strongly recommend inflating the product to 80-90% and then let the product sit for 24 hours to stretch. You may find that after 24 hours you can inflate slightly more. 
  3. DO NOT OVER INFLATE. FitPAWS Balance Products should be filled according to size, but there can be variances. If you find that you cannot inflate the product to the indicated size without tension, do not inflate further. Let the product sit for 24 hours and try again to inflate to the desired size. 

For best performance, you should be able to depress the surface easily and be soft to the touch. Any inflatable that is stretched too tight has the potential to burst. Please pay attention to the surface tension of the products. If it is too tight to the touch, reduce the air and let the product sit for 24 hours before using. 

Please note that maximum sizes noted are ONLY a guideline. If the products, for any reason, appear to be too tight and do not inflate to maximum height, or are hard to the touch, then STOP - DO NOT inflate further. Release air and allow the product to sit overnight before use. Actual sizes slightly vary.

Rehab Protocol

EXERCISE BASICS

  • Ensure your dog is healthy to begin exercise. Consult your canine health professional before beginning this or any exercise program. 

  • Always check for proper body alignment while performing exercises. Watch to ensure back and neck are neutral. Front limbs and hind limbs should support weight safely. Avoid over extension of limbs, neck, and back. 

  • Perform an equal number of exercise repetitions on both sides of the body. 
  • Start slow and build up. 3-5 repetitions is adequate for dogs beginning an exercise program. 
  • Never over-exercise or over-tire your dog. Always watch for and listen to signs of tiredness or exhaustion.
  • We recommend your dog use a safety harness, while exercising on the equipment.

The Paw Pods can be used as stand-alone training equipment or used alongside other FitPAWS equipment for more dynamic training sessions. 

To introduce your pet to the Paw Pods, place them in front of your pet and encourage them to place one or more paws on the pods. Once they place a paw on the pod, reinforce this behavior until they understand to step on the Paw Pods on command. 

core strength & balance training

Have your pet stand on the Paw Pods with 2- 4 paws at a time. Use a treat to encourage them to shift their weight from front to back or side to side. Use 2 Paw Pods at a time for Low Intensity Levels. Use 4 Paw Pods at a time for a Higher Intensity Level.

stacking training

Have your pet stand on all 4 Paw Pods at once. You may have them hold a standing position to promote core strength and balance. You may also encourage them to sit or do a downward dog position, this further encourages core strength and balance. 

Dynamic Training

You may use the Paw Pods with another FitPAWS rehab equipment piece. Simply place the Paw Pods on top of the other FitPAWS equipment and encourage the type of balance exercise you would like to use. 

 

*User assumes the risk when using this product. AOC and FPW International LLC shall not be liable for any damages that result from the use of an inflatable product.

FAQs

WHY FITPAWS FITNESS?

FitPAWS Canine Conditioning Equipment is the #1 brand of fitness and rehab equipment for dogs! The combination of physical and mental exercises is absolutely critical to a well-balanced dog. FitPAWS Products are a great way to exercise your dog mentally and physically at the same time. FitPAWS Products  combine dog-specific equipment that provides fun dog fitness that you can do at home, outside, in a rehab facility, or anywhere that you need it!

Are THE Paw Pods A GOOD BEGINNER BALANCE TOOL?

Yes. The Paw Pods are a great option for pets who are beginners to balance and stacking equipment. The Paw Pods have a non-slip base which means that when your pet steps on them, the pods won't move. These pods are a great tool to introduce pets to the feel of new rehab equipment and to new exercises.  

WHY DO I NEED TO TRIM MY DOGS NAILS BEFORE USING THE Paw Pods?

Your dog's nails must be trimmed before using the Paw Pods in order to reduce the chance of puncturing the equipment. If your dog's nails are too long or are sharp, then the nail may puncture the product when they jump onto or off of the equipment. This poses a risk to both you and your dog as the Paw Pods may deflate quickly and could scare and/or injure your dog. We recommend that you always trim your dog's nails before using the Paw Pods and assist your dog when mounting or dismounting the balance equipment. 

ARE FITPAWS REHAB TOOLS GOOD FOR PUPPIES?

FitPAWS products are perfect for helping get rid of a puppy's excess energy, while giving them a beneficial physical and mental ‘job’ by engaging them in new games, tricks, and behaviors. Many of the FitPAWS tools are low-impact and you can start training your puppy with them as early as 8 weeks, starting with 3–5 minute training sessions. Improving your puppy’s core strength, confidence, and body awareness puts them on track to living a longer, happier, and healthier life. A more active lifestyle strengthens your puppy to help prevent future injuries and benefits their overall well-being.

WHAT CAN THE Paw Pods BE USED FOR?

The Paw Pods are great for balance training, muscle building, and stacking training. The stability of the pods can be changed depending on the amount of air you put in it. More air creates a more unstable surface and a higher Intensity Level. Less air creates a more stable surface and a lower Intensity Level. You can also place the pods "upside-down" with the curved section on the floor to further increase the Intensity Level.

WHAT DO THE SENSORY NUBS DO AND WILL THEY HURT MY DOG?

The sensory nubs should not hurt your dog, though some dogs may not like the feeling of the nubs since it is a new sensation. They are made of the same flexible material as the rest of the product and will slightly compress when your dog stands on them. The sensory nubs aid in sensory input for your dog, meaning they help your dog feel what is under them more than they would with a smooth surface. They also help with paw grip when using balance products. 

HOW LONG WILL THIS PRODUCT LAST?

With proper care, this product should last 1-2 years. However, you should always check the equipment before and after each use to ensure there are no signs of excessive wear. Always replace the equipment if there are any signs of wear, if the product won't inflate, or if the product deflates during use. 

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