Injury Prevention for Psoas and Shoulder Muscle Groups

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DSC04584This 6-week course targets progressive exercises to increase muscular strength and tone in the Iliopsoas and Shoulder Muscle Groups. The Iliopsoas and Shoulder muscle groups are the top injured muscles in performance dog sports today.   The exercises are designed to reduce the risk of injury, increase balance, core strength, body awareness and over-all performance while increasing stability in the shoulders and lower core muscle groups. Each class will build on the one before helping you to advance and increase the difficulty of each exercise.   Each full body workout plan will be designed to work the shoulders, core and hind limbs so that each plan encourages proper muscle engagement, weight distribution and function.  This class will have brand new exercises and information that can only be found here.   Bobbie has done research and talked with professionals in the field to bring you innovative exercises to decrease the chance of injury.

This class is suitable for beginners as well as those with more experience. Proper positioning for each exercise is vital to maximize the benefits and to be certain you are targeting the proper muscle groups.

  • Participating students will be allowed to submit video of the exercises, in addition to participating in discussions. Bobbie gives very detailed feedback on homework videos to help you improve your dog's form and to make sure the prop muscles are being engaged.
  • Spectators will be encouraged to participate in discussions, but will not submit video of the exercises for review/critique/help.
  • Both participants and spectators can attend coaching calls.

Positioning of each exercise is important to insure the proper muscle is being strengthened or stretched.

Recommended equipment (not required – substitutions will be suggested): Two FitPaws balance discs the right size for your dog (a K9FITbone can be substituted for one of these), FitPAWS donut and holder or small peanut, rocker board or flat board you can use against a wall, paw pods, and two K9FITbone.   A coupon code for 10% off is offered the first week of class. Instructor help is available for sizing your dog to equipment.

All exercises taught have been reviewed and approved by a professional in the field of Veterinary Rehabilitation Orthopedics or Physical Therapy

Please remember that before starting any exercise program for your dog, he should be seen by a veterinarian to insure the dog has no physical limitations. If your dog has been injured, consult with a physical therapist or rehabilitation expert prior to starting any exercise routine.

Bobbie Lyons

Bobbie Lyons

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Bobbie Lyons, CCFT. MTI, Cert CF., Pawsitive Performance, Ph. 503-329-1235



Bobbie Lyons, CCFT, MTI, Cert CF has been training and competing in agility with her dogs for over 12 years. She teaches private lessons, online classes and workshops educating others on how to properly improve body awareness and strength in their K9 Athlete to prepare for and improve performance.   Her human fitness experience stems from being a gym rat and body building for over 15 years as well as obtaining a Black Belt in Taekwondo.

Bobbie got started in K9 Fitness because she has a dog with a rotated pelvis that prevents him from fully extending his hind legs when jumping in agility. This structural issue put more stress on his shoulders, spine and pelvis which lends to injury. Because of this issue, Bobbie made it a priority to obtain the knowledge and skill necessary to keep him more comfortable, flexible and stronger so that he could enjoy the sport of agility without pain or discomfort. What she realized along the way was that Force was not aware of his feet and how to properly distribute his weight, nor did he have the core strength needed to support his poorly aligned pelvis.

Bobbie researched every book, video and class that she could find on massage, gait analysis, acupressure, canine rehabilitation and canine sports fitness. She made appointments, quizzed and gained relationships with rehabilitation veterinarians, osteopaths, chiropractors and canine physical therapists. She immediately started implementing exercises suggested by these professionals not just for her structurally challenged dog but her healthy dogs too.

After seeing the benefits of improved core strengthen, body awareness, and flexibility training in her own dogs, Bobbie taught her first class on Canine Conditioning in 2006. Teaching and working with dogs over the past nine years has given her the experience needed to develop a well-rounded program that anyone can do with a healthy dog.   After several years of teaching, Bobbie was able to show her program to Dr. Bianca Shaw of Back on Track Veterinary Rehabilitation Center. (The leading Rehab Vet in the Portland Metro Area) Bobbie now teaches private lessons within Dr. Shaw's clinic.

In February 2015, Bobbie contributed knowledge and experience to help design the FitPAWS Master Trainer Program and became a FitPAWS Master Trainer “Instructor”.   Bobbie will be one of the instructors available to teach the FitPAWS Master Trainer Program when it is offered.

Bobbie has completed the certification program through the University of Tennessee and FitPAWS Master Trainer Program earning a CCFT designation and she completed the Canine Fitness certification through the Companion Animal Sciences Institute.   She regularly shadows the rehabilitation staff at Oregon State University Veterinary Hospital in Corvallis Oregon. In 2014 Bobbie attended the International Symposium on Veterinary Rehabilitation/Physical Therapy and Sports Medicine. In August 2014, she visited Veterinary Orthopedics and Sports Medicine Group (VOSM) and shadowed Doctors Sherman and Debra Canapp during diagnostic ultrasounds,gait analysis, TPLO surgery, initial and follow up exams and rehabilitation appointments. Bobbie will be headed back to VOSM in July of 2015. Bobbie is always looking for ways to better help her clients, further her knowledge and foster referrals to and from veterinarians.

Bobbie works with The Joys of Living Assistance dogs, starting puppies at 8 weeks of age and working with them until 2 years old to lay the foundation work for proper movement and muscle engagement for any task asked of them.   The program for each dog is adjusted depending on what will be expected of the dog.

Bobbie’s Canine Conditioning workshops and classes are held all over the northwest and across the county. She started teaching in the Daisy Peel Classroom in January of 2012.   Bobbie's private lessons are held at a rehab clinic where a veterinarian is on staff.  Bobbie's classes fill mostly by referral. Please see the testimonial tab for student and colleague references. 

textdocument In addition to video tutorials showing you how to do each exercise, you’ll receive access to images, and descriptions of each exercise. There's an astounding amount of information in Bobbie's classes!

You’ll be asked to film yourself doing conditioning exercises with your dog, and submit your videos (uploaded to YouTube, Vimeo, or another video service) to the discussion forum, where you’ll receive feedback.

Spectators will be able to join in the discussion and learn from Bobbie's feedback, as well as view the assignments of the participants!

Once you’ve registered for this class, links to weekly assignments will show up in the MY CONTENT portion of the site!

Prices will be as follows:


socialBobbie will be available in the discussion forum (available only to spectators and participants) to answer your questions! Ask any questions  you have about the lecture material and get feedback from Bobbie in the discussion forum.