Instructor: Debbie Gross
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.
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.
Next session starts: February 1, 2017Registration starts: January 22, 2017Registration ends: February 15, 2017
Registration will start at 9:00 AM PST
Enrollment limits: 12 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
Equipment will be important for this class, and everyone should be be able to work within their financial means. Please email Debbie directly to discuss specifics. Basic recommendations include the following:
K9 Kore Disk with stand (www.totofit.com)
An appropriate sized Infinity (www.totofit.com) - possibly a few sizes
Balance disc or board
Pawds - smooth or nubby (www.totofit.com
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.