Instructor: Debbie Gross
As a dog sport enthusiast, you know that keeping your dog fit is important to prevent injuries that could sideline or even end your dog's career. Unfortunately, understanding HOW to keep him fit is much more complicated.
This course will build on the basics of anatomy, function, and movement that were introduced in the K9 Conditioning 1 course, and then take conditioning, strengthening, and endurance exercises to a whole new level. Learn how to apply basic principles to everything from puppies to seniors, little dogs to the big guys, and special body types like long, long backs. Tips will be shared for developing stretching routines, warm up/cool down programs, and using special equipment like treadmills. The end result will be more sophisticated knowledge in keeping your dog fit and safe!
This level class will also introduce a program for YOU to work on your strength and balance with a simple exercise routine. We will begin with simple exericeses designed to help work your core and your strength. These exercise principles are based on a 90 second exercise routine founded by Pete Cerque. This will be a wonderful adjunct to your workout with your dog!
"Several people were floored when I told them he is turning 6 in April and still has this much energy! I can't thank you enough for that, Deb! Before CC110, I noticed that he started slowing down which would make me tear up every time. It felt like it was't fair, I just got him and he is like a child to me (I am yet to have human children :)). So, thank you! You gave me my puppy back and more! I am pretty sure he is in a better shape than when I adopted him."
I want to say a very public "thank you" to Debbie Gross.
Bandit is strong for the first time in his life. For those who don't know, he had panosteitis and was unable to walk without a limp for a good deal of his puppyhood. I have always felt that he didn't develop quite properly, especially in his front legs.
After just this session of Fitness 2, he is moving like a young Border Collie should. His gait is strong. He is jumping properly. His front legs don't look so much like pegs! He finally seems physically "right" for the first time ever.
For anyone considering her Conditioning and Fitness classes, TAKE THEM!! Invest in a bit of equipment. Do the basic core work. It makes SUCH a difference!! I honestly still don't understand why it has such an impact, but it really does!
Tessa and I did part 1 and she gained back all the strength and endurance she was losing in her Agility performances. And Bandit is doing Part 2, and is developing properly at last.
I seriously recommend these classes!!! Kristine Hammer