Why K9 Conditioning?
Whatever your choice of activity with your dogs, whether it be Agility, Flyball, herding, IPO, Nose Work, Obedience, Lure Coursing, Rally or just hiking, making sure that your canine companion is up to the task is critical.
Strength training is the missing piece of the puzzle for many K9 athletes. More time and money is spent on fixing dogs’ injuries than on preventing them. Learn how to:
• Build core strength
• Improve balance
• Increase flexibility and range of motion
• Build confidence
• Increase hind-end awareness
• Reduce the risk of injury; and
• Improve your dog’s overall performance
All classes will discuss and demonstrate the importance and benefits of warm up and cool down exercises.
Incorporating these exercises into your dog’s routine is FUN and a great bonding experience. These exercises physically and mentally stimulate your dog, and are easily done indoors at home in small spaces.
About the Instructor, Bobbie Lyons, CERT CF
Bobbie has been training and competing in agility with her dogs for over 10 years. Based in Portland, Oregon, Bobbie teaches private lessons, online classes, and workshops across the country, educating others on how to condition their dog to prepare for and improve performance and prevent injuries. Learn more about Bobbie at www.pawsitive-performance.com.
K9 Conditioning Foundation- Performance Dogs
Saturday, January 30, 2016—9:00 am – 1:00 pm
Participants will be introduced to equipment, exercises, tricks, and stretches that increase range of motion, flexibility, reflexes, and improve muscle tone and endurance. The exercises are designed to reduce the risk of injury and increase balance, core strength, body awareness, and overall performance.
PREREQUISITE for Advanced Session.
Advanced K9 Conditioning and Injury Prevention
Saturday, January 30, 2:00 pm – 6:00 pm
Participants will focus on teaching enhanced proprioception to improve quick direction changes and fine-tune coordination skills so that the dog can perform physical activities accurately and consistently. Shoulder and psoas injury prevention techniques and exercises are also covered. PREREQUISITES: Working teams must complete the Foundation for Performance Dogs session OR have done an online class with Bobbie OR have had an in-person session with her prior to Jan. 30, 2016.
K9 Conditioning- Puppies & Senior Dogs
Sunday, January 31, 9:00 pm – 1:00 pm
Participants will be introduced to exercises similar to those in the Foundation for Performance Dogs workshop, but there will be an added emphasis on assisting our canine companions as they age and safe exercises for developing joints and muscles.
K9 FITbone: Indoor Exercises in Small Spaces
Sunday, January 31, 2:00 pm – 6:00 pm
Participants will be introduced to exercises that increase
proprioception and coordination using the K9 FITbone. These exercises target shoulder strength, thoracic/lumbar function as well as rear end strength and awareness.
Private Sessions: Monday, February 1
A limited number of private sessions will be available on Monday, February 1st, 2016.
For more details go to www.dfwdogquest.com or call us at 972-436-3400.