Includes FitPAWS Peanut, hand pump, training DVD and retail box.
The FitPAWS Peanut is a peanut-shaped stability ball designed for canine fitness and core conditioning.
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.
We love our round exercise ball as
much as you love yours, but our
canine friends seem to struggle with
For these reasons we designed a new product line specifically for our four legged companions. The benefits are:
Check out this sample of a dog fitness program from our training DVD.
Dr. Debbie Gross Saunders introduces you to the product and how best to use it.
Up to 20" (51cm) length
Yorkie, Toy Poodle, Dachshund, Shih Tzu, Chihuahua, Pugs, Pomeranian, Maltese, Boston Terrier
40cm*, 50cm*, 60cm, 70cm, 80cm
Up to 24" (61cm) length
Sheltie, Corgi, Beagle, Mini Schauzer, English Bulldog, Bichon Frise
50cm*, 60cm*, 70cm, 80cm
Up to 30" (76cm) length
Australian Shepherd, Border Collie
60cm*, 70cm*, 80cm
Up to 41" (104cm) length
Golden Retriever, Labrador, Boxer, Standard Poodle, Rottweiler
Up to 46" (117cm) length
Mastiff, Great Dane, Newfoundland, German Shepherd
* Common sizes used for these breeds. You can always use a larger Peanut if you want more surface area to work on.
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.
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.
The Peanut is inflated by measuring to a desired height, not by air pressure (psi.) The size printed on each FitPAWS Peanut is the maximum inflation height the ball is designed to inflate up to, but you can always use the ball less inflated, if you wish, so that it is easier for your dog to balance on.
The FitPAWS Peanuts can be inflated with an air pump or compressor that has a cone-shaped attachment. If you want to reach the maximum height but feel like the ball cannot take more air, let it sit overnight partially inflated with the plug in the ball. The material will soften and expand a little and be easier to fill.
The next day continue to inflate to desired size. When you have reached the desired height, make sure you press the plug all of the way in, until the head of the plug is flush with the ball's surface. This will ensure a good seal.
At maximum height, the FitPAWS Peanut will feel tight and be the most challenging for your dog.
Easily inflates with hand-held air pump, now included!
...that your dog wear a safety harness you can hold onto, while your dog is exercising on the ball. Read all safety, care and use instructions before using your FitPAWS Canine Conditioning Equipment.
This product was added to our catalog on Thursday 31 July, 2014.