CC420: Helping Dogs Thrive: Fitness in Five

Instructor: Lori Stevens

Course Details

Short on time for fitness training? No worries, you only need five minutes!

In this class, you will learn specific fitness exercises for your dog(s). We will cover exercises to increase muscle strength as well as improve performance, confidence, flexibility, focus, body awareness, balance and much more. You’ll learn how to create a fitness program for your dog and we will focus on proper alignment while doing the exercises. You will also learn how to use fitness equipment and how to take advantage of opportunities outdoors for strengthening, e.g. rocks, logs, stumps, stairs, park benches, and hills.

We will focus on how to do canine fitness safely and effectively. And you’ll learn just how little time you need to set aside to strengthen your dog and maintain that strength. A five-minute fitness workout is plenty for most dogs and adds enrichment to your dog’s life.

‘Fitness in Five’ is for anyone involved in canine sports, including agility, obedience, barn hunt, freestyle, conformation, lure coursing, flyball, SAR, and more. My sport is canine fitness so I include myself in this program. But you certainly don’t have to be involved in a sport to participate in this course. Dogs who are not involved in a sport need fitness for their general health and well-being. And if you are spending a lot of time training and competing in your sport, this will be a nice addition for “off days” that could very well improve your dog’s performance.

This is an introductory course, meaning no prior experience with any of the topics covered is needed. For gold-level participants, I will provide feedback on your training and advise you on your dog’s alignment. I’ll give you tips and support for how and when to progress the exercises as well as how to be more successful with all of the exercises and concepts presented in this course. We will find joy in fitness!

Cassie on Paw Pods