CC270: Shoulder and Elbow Rehab

Instructor: Debbie Gross

Course Details

This comprehensive class will go through specifics needed for preventing problems with the forelimb, specifically the shoulder and elbow. The forelimb of the dog holds 60 to 70% of the dogs' weight in a stance, so this area needs to be as strong as possible!  In the class, we will cover issues and injuries and what to do with shoulder and the following elbow problems:

1) straight shoulders

2) medial shoulder instability

3) bicipital tenosynovitis

4) elbow dysplasia

5) soft tissue injuries

6) out at the elbows  

This course is a must for anyone with a dog with forelimb problems or potential problems.  Whether your dog is active in sports or is retired, this class is for you and your dog! We will take a hands on approach and you will be performing exercises, stretching and strengthening each week with your dog.



There are no scheduled sessions for this class at this time. We update our schedule frequently, so please subscribe to our mailing list for notifications.

Registration begins at 9:30AM PDT.

Enrollment limits: 15 gold, 25 silver, unlimited bronze. If you are interested in a bronze level spot you can sign up any time during the registration period.


Week 1 - Introduction to the struture, function and muscles of the forelimb. Beginning exercises for forelimb stability.

Week 2 - Range of motion and stretching exercises for the shoulder and elbow.  Continuing exercises for forelimb stability.

Week 3 - Shoulder problems and specific considerations

Week 4 - Elbow problems and specific considerations

Week 5 - Functional activities, exercises, and limitations with shoulder and elbow weaknesses

Week 6 - Putting it all together and designing a program for you and your dog. 

For answers to commonly asked questions see our FAQ page.


Prerequisites and Equipment

No prerequistes are required.  Stability equipment is highly recommended:  a K9 Kore Disk, a balance board, Infinity of proper size, Nubby Pawds.  Please contact Deb at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  for specific needs and discount code.  www.totofit.com 

Course Testimonials

A sampling of what prior students have said about this course ......

Debbie is amazing. It's very clear that she genuinely cares about her students and I have learned so much from her conditioning classes. The information has been invaluable and led us to recognizing and treating some chronic problems. So very lucky to have them as a resource. Amy S.    

I absolutely love these courses. The biggest problem is that there are more and more offerings that sound fantastic, and narrowing it down to one or two a term gets harder and harder. This course was different from others that I have taken in that it focused on conditioning and strengthening the dog as opposed to training a specific sport such as agility. Up until now I have always been hesitant to do this sort of fitness training for my dog without careful instruction and observation from a knowledgable instructor. Debbie provided all this, and I am very happy to have been able to take this course at the gold level.          

This is an excellent course for those who have a dog with a forelimb injury, have had an injury and are trying to keep the dog sound and also for all those in a performance sport, especially agility. This information is invaluable in helping to keep our dogs sound and healthy. Deb is very knowledgeable and a good teacher providing exactly what we all need to know. THANK YOU DEB. Probably the best course I have had so far on Fenzi Academy. You DO CARE.         

I took this course at Bronze level because I thought it might help a bit with my dog's shoulder rehab (in conjunction with existing physio treatments). Instead of just helping it’s given me a whole new understanding, and the confidence to come up with a better exercise plan which is already showing amazing results. Gay B          

Feedback is timely, helpful, and always very positive and encouraging.  Debbie was obviously very knowledgeable and able to adapt to individuals.