AG810: Handler Fitness For K9 Sports - Utilize the time you condition your dog to also improve your own fitness

Instructor: Karen Kay

Course Details

Are you having trouble fitting in time to improve your own fitness because of the time you invest in your dog and his/her sports?


Are you somebody that does not like working out at a gym and would rather spend more time with your canine friend?


Would you like to utilize the same time you spend conditioning your dog with his/her Fitpaws Equipment to also benefit your fitness.

This course is designed to help the agility and dog sports handler at any age and or ability level to improve their overall fitness and conditioning. The course will also help teach you how to prevent injuries while participating in your favorite activities with your canine partner.  Dog sport handlers spend most of their time and money on their dogs; classes, trials, equipment, massage, rehabilitation, conditioning, workshops, chiropractic care, etc.  However, most handlers sacrifice their own well-being for their dog.  The worst part about this philosophy is that they often end up with injuries and or physical limitations that prevent them from participating in their beloved dog sport or sports.

I will teach the handlers how to utilize the time they spend conditioning their dog to also condition themselves at the same time.  Handler exercise can just become another time that you can develop your relationship with your canine partner.  Some of your Fitpaws equipment can be utilized for both of you and so can some of your human exercise equipment.  All this can be done in the comfort of your own home and the upcoming winter season is a prime opportunity to take advantage on this kind of fitness program.

You don’t need fancy gym equipment to improve your general fitness and movement efficiency.  Improving your fitness can be done with your canine partner in the comforts of your own home.  There are no prerequisites for this class and all levels and abilities will be accommodated.  I will provide beginner, intermediate, and advanced level programs based on your current level of fitness and conditioning.  I will also address those handlers recovering from specific injuries as well.  

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

Registration will begin at 9:00AM PST.


Week 1

Self-Functional Movement Screen 

Fitness Assessments to Determine Your Current Level of Conditioning

Soft-Tissue Mobility Techniques

Dynamic Warm Up Exercises

Mobility Circuits

Basic Core Stabilization Exercises

Static Strap Stretching Routine for Post Workout


Week 2

Level 1, 2 and 3 Dynamic Warm Ups

Level 1, 2 and 3 Mobility Circuits

Level 1, 2 and 3 Strength Training Circuits:  Body Weight Exercises

Basic Balance Exercises

Static Stretching For Post Workouts


Week 3

Level 1, 2 and 3 Dynamic Warm Ups

Level 1, 2 and 3 Mobility Circuits

Level 1, 2 and 3 Strength Training Circuits:  Human Stability Ball Exercises

Basic Cardio Intervals

Intermediate Core Stabilization Exercises

Yoga Stretching For Post Workouts


Week 4

Level 1, 2 and 3 Dynamic Warm Ups

Level 1, 2 and 3 Mobility Circuits

Level 1, 2 and 3 Strength Training Circuits:  Step/Bosu/Balance Discs

Intermediate Cardio Interval Circuit

Intermediate Balance Exercises

Static Strap Stretching For Post Workout


Week 5

Level 1, 2 and 3 Dynamic Warm Ups

Level 1, 2 and 3 Mobility Circuits

Level 1, 2 and 3 Strength Training Circuits:  Dumbbell or Kettlebell Circuit Training 

Advanced Core Stabilization Exercises

Static Yoga Stretching For Post Workout


Week 6

This will be challenge week and you will have daily workouts that pertain to your fitness level. (Level 1, Level 2 and Level 3)  I will also provide specific exercises to correct muscle imbalances and asymmetries that still exist for individual handlers based on the progressive videos that you submit.  Finally, you will finish the week with a follow-up Self-Functional Movement Screen so that you can compare your score from Week 1 to Week 6.

Prerequisites and Equipment

Yoga or Other Exercise Mat

The center floor space of a small room and a small spot of empty wall space (to lean on the wall)

Other suggested items include the following:

A yoga strap, stretching strap or “dog leash”

A small step or patio block

A tennis ball, lacrosse ball, foam roller, rolling pin or massage stick.

Fitpaws Equipment (donut, bone, airex pad, peanut, discs, etc.)

Human Exercise Ball and BOSU

Light Dumbbells (3lbs – 10lbs) and or Kettlebells (10lbs-20lbs)

Theraband or Other Exercise Band  


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Brand New Course December 2015

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