A conditioning checkup with Bobbie Lyons

Last week, Chispa, Frodo, and I headed downtown to pay a visit to Bobbie Lyons, who teaches K9 Conditioning all over the world and right here in the classroom. She teaches a bunch of classes, some of which are registering today as I write this post. But that's a different topic, and if you're interested, you can check it out HERE.

Even though Chispa is active, and climbs and jumps all over basically everything, I did want to talk to Bobbie about conditioning activities that are specific to what Chispa is going to need to be able to do for jumping, and agility in general. Bobbie literally wrote the chapter on conditioning for jumping in Linda Mecklenburg's MASTERING JUMPING SKILLS book, and, if you didn't know already, I'm telling you – Linda's stuff is IT when it comes to jump training. It really is. I'm getting excited to teach Chispa jump training in just a few months, when she's old enough, but first, we have to start laying the foundation NOW for the conditioning required to start jump training!

Building and developing muscles takes time, AND Chispa is still very much a gumby puppy. So, for now, it's low numbers with regards to repetitions, as well as a few other recommendations…

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