Occasionally I have a few folks join me from all kinds of places (Canada, California, Michigan, to name a few) to learn more about K9 Conditioning and how to share it with their clients and performance team members. I am so excited to be able to offer this training opportunity. When teaching others, it is important to understand how to work with each dog, their strengths and weaknesses and design a plan that works both for the handler and the dog. K9 conditioning is not a “one size fits all” program. There are many different exercises to strengthen the same muscle groups and it is important to provide options and a progression forward.
This weekend training opportunity included two days of hands on work on a wide variety of dog breeds: Great Dane, Portuguese Water Dog, Papilion, Labrador Retrievers, Border Collies, Flat Coat Retriever, Toy Aussie and 9m mo old Jack Russel Terrier. I am fortunate to have the VERY BEST clients who joined us so their dogs can be evaluated and exercised by my student teachers. In addition, these students tour a state of the art rehabilitation facility and sit in on a discussion with Portland's pioneer of veterinary rehabilitation. They also enjoy a discussion about chiropractic and Chinese herbal care from the leading Chiropractor and Herbalist in the NW.
We had a lot of fun and I wish I had gotten more photos. Below are a few photos I did get. We used every piece ofFitPAWS equipment peanuts, donut and holder, cavalettis, balance discs (large and small), paw pods, and more. We also used an air mattress, 12″ pod, foam roller, phone books, rubbermade stool, and an aerobic bench.
My Online K9 Conditioning classes give handlers a GREAT foundation of exercises that can be used on many different pieces of equipment. These classes give the handlers a large number of exercises to do with their dog and if they want to take things to the next level, then they are invited to join me here in Portland, Oregon for further training.
Mark your Calendar to enroll in K9 Conditioning I & II September 9, 2013. First Class will post September 16th, 2013.
The Enigma of a Psoas class will be offered as Self Guided. Click here for more information.