CC130: Canine Conditioning - Sports Applications And Beyond.

Instructor: Debbie Gross

Course Details

This six week class will go into more specifics on conditioning for specific situations.  Sports specific applications will be discussed, in addition to geriatric and older dog situations.  Ideally, we want all of our dogs to excel in their life and life the best quality of life for the longest time possible.  This spans the younger days of a puppy, through training and competition, to retirement. 

Specific lessons will focus on specific sports related exercises popular in the canine world and for the active dogs at home.  In addition, a segment will be directed at older dogs finishing up their activities and improving their quality of life.  A senior dog should not be in pain, inactive, or ignored.  Every dog deserves to live the best quality of life for the longest time possible. 

Dynamic movements, plyometrics, specific strengthening exercises, and safety will be covered in the six weeks.  Gold participants will have the opportunity to submit homework each week, and receive feedback on a regular basis.  Silver participants will be able to participate and ask questions about the material, their own situations, and learn from the feedback and participation of the active Gold videos.  And Bronze participants will be able to learn not only from the lectures but also from the individual teams in Gold.  

This class is not an informercial for any brand of equipment.  As in human fitness, there are many variations in canine fitness styles.  


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 will start at 9:00 AM PST

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-  Importance, Safety and Success of Canine Conditioning

Week 2 - Specific Exercises for Speed Events (Racing, agility, flyball, and more)

Week 3 - Plyometrics and Explosive Activities

Week 4 - Specific Exercises for Endurance Events (Conformation, hunting, field trial, racing)

Week 5 - Senior Dogs and Specific Exercises Designed for Them

Week 6 - Balance, Proprioception and Awareness for the Advanced Dog

Prerequisites and Equipment


If a person has taken K9 Conditioning 1 and 2, they will be well qualified for this class.  Alternatively, if a person has a strong background and good information on canine conditioning from other sources, this individual will be more than comfortable in this class.  Please contact Debbie directly at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. if you are not sure about the suitability of this class for your situation.


Equipment recommended for the class is listed below.  HOWEVER, do not be turned away if you do not have anything. I firmly believe you can work with what you have at home.  Fitness does not need to start with pricey equipment!  Please email Debbie to discuss specifics :) This is not an INFORMERCIAL for equipment!  I do not believe any fitness series should be sponsored by a fitness company.  

K9 Kore Disk with stand (www.totofit.com)

An appropriate sized Infinity (www.totofit.com) - possibly a few sizes

Balance disc or board

Bungee cord

Pawds - smooth or nubby (www.totofit.com

Balance pads


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



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

Deb has an amazing eye for the slighted shift in a dog's physical makeup and she is always ready with a plan to address that weakness. FDSA is extremely lucky to have her as part of the instructor team.          

I enjoyed this class and got a lot out of it even at the bronze level. I took her shoulder and elbow class before and this has expanded on the exercises we learned there (and got me back on track practicing!). I especially appreciate the summary that she posted as the final lecture this week.          

I found Deb to be extremely helpful in all areas. Her advice and suggestions were very clear and easy to follow. I have never done anything like this before and I have certainly enjoyed the lectures and the feedback from my homework. What I have learnt will be with me forever. I will use this knowledge on all of my dogs. Thank you.          

Deb, I have thoroughly enjoyed working with you and my dog is in much better physical condition because of your advice and guidance. I'll be on the lookout for more of your classes.          

This was, by far, my favorite class I've taken through the academy. You provided very useful, relevant lectures and gave awesome feedback to the gold students. I loved the happy, friendly, supportive environment you fostered!

Awesome!!! Love the class. Great feedback, very helpful, cared about her students and lots of fun.