Like the bent-over row, this exercise will likely be limited by your partner and their interest in hanging onto the toy—so you might be better off checking out the standard doggo curl lower down the list. But if you do want to keep the toy in the equation, use a rope and shift to the hammer curl position for maximum effectiveness.
Dog Standard Curl – 3 sets of 10 reps
Just think of this version of the classic biceps exercise as if you were using a furry, smelly barbell. To get more out of the move, shift your attentional focus to your biceps to establish a strong mind-muscle connection.
Dog Zercher to Front Squats – 4 sets of 10 to 12 reps each
Dog Forward and Rear Lunges – 3 sets of 10 reps per leg
Whether you lunge forward or backward (or both), you’ll appreciate the unilateral challenge. I prefer to hold my dog in a low position, like the Zercher squat. Just maintain good form, keeping your chest up and preventing your knees from slamming on the ground.
Dog Bulgarian Split Squat – 3 sets of 8 reps per side
Ramp up the difficulty of the lunge and get your glutes even more involved with this elevated unilateral exercise. Struggling to get your foot in the right position? Try following these steps to nail the setup. If the problem is your pup, you’ll have to see what bribing them with a treat might do to help.
Dog-Resisted Pushups – 3 sets of 12 to 15 reps
Hopefully, you can just get your pup to sit on your back to serve as a little extra resistance. In my case, Lielo wasn’t having it. Get ready for lick attacks. To get your core involved, try a plank.
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