CC310: Canine Fitness Trainer 1

Instructor: Debbie Gross

Course Details

This will be the first in a 4 part series of classes focused on canine fitness and conditioning. Our goal is to provide a comprehensive program that will allow you to understand and safely implement an exercise program for dogs. We will review canine anatomy, canine conditioning and physiology, exercise physiology and science, movement and gait, nutrition, common canine conditions, and programs.  This program will help you design a program for dogs – whether it is for overall health and fitness or for a specific sport and activity.  Gold members will be eligible to go through the examination process to be awarded a certficate in canine fitness. Participants will need to check their own regulatory guidelines by the state and country and are fully responsible for their own limitations.

This 4 course series will be followed by a comprehensive examination given by Wizard of Paws, and a submission of four case studies.  If the two portions are successfully completed, a Canine Fitness Trainer Certificate will be awarded.  The title of Certified Professional Canine Fitness Trainer will be awared, or CPCFT.  (In the process of RACE investigation for the course series.) Only gold members will be eligible to complete the examination.  IN ADDITION, GOLD MEMBERS NEED TO BE ACTIVE IN THE CLASS FOR AT LEAST 75% OF THE TIME TO BE ABLE TO SIT FOR THE EXAM.  

This series will complement the K9 conditioning classes, but will be more in-depth and cover everything in more detail, in addition to further topics. 

Important note:  In order to provide continuity in the 'demo' (Gold level) dogs, participants MUST purchase the Gold level for all four classes in the series at one time.  The cost for all four courses is $949.  

Target Audience: Persons interested in learning more on how to work on physical conditioning and exercise with dogs.  Participants may be involved in dog training, exercise, or for their knowledge only. If you are interested in expanding your knowledge on canine fitness and taking it to another level – this program is for you!  You may want to explore a different career and offer programs to clients, friends, or increase your ability to help your own dogs.  


Next session starts: June 1, 2017
Registration starts: May 22, 2017
Registration ends: June 15, 2017

Registration starts at 9:30 AM PST.

Registration for gold and silver levels for this class are for all four classes in the series at once. Bronze level students can register for the entrie four-pack at a discount, or can register for each class separately using the single bronze registration.

The registration below gives you access to the first class in the series. You will have to register again next term if you want to continue. This is available only at a bronze level, and you will not get a discount this way.

For answers to commonly asked questions see our FAQ page.


Course 1


            Safety and regulatory issues

            Anatomy and physiology of the dog

            Description of muscles and their activities

            Structure and relation to activity

            Goal setting

Prerequisites and Equipment

Prerequisties include the abilty to work with your own dogs or other dogs, but we will be using dogs throughout the course with videos, etc.  Exercise equipment will be necessary, and I would recommend starting with some basic equipment such as balance boards, an Infinity, a disk, and a few other unstable surfaces.  However, this class is not an INFORMERCIAL and I higly recommend owners explore safe alternatives around the house, in the outside environment, and in nature.  We will go through equipment extensively, and you can decide and add on to your own collection as you see fit.  I work only with equipment by TotoFit, but you may use whatever equipment you have.  Please feel free to email with any equipment suggestions or questions.  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

TotoFit is offering a 10% discount on Infinities with the code Fenzi10 through February 15th.


It is HIGHLY recommended participants take at least one of the K9 Conditioning class series.  This will assist with the participants' knowledge of canine fitness.