K9 Wellness Through Conditioning and Confidence Building
This class was developed for the middle aged and older dogs in mind. It is during these ages that the dog might put on some extra pounds. More pounds can mean more stress on older joints and injury can happen. K9 Wellness combats this potential problem with prevention. Prevention of many injuries involves a good exercise regimen. This is true for you and your dog when you practice flexibility, strength, and endurance!
K9 Confidence Building is a huge topic that can range from counter-conditioning and desensitization techniques to a discussion about genetics. Confidence, as you know, is developed through life experiences that we can't go back and undo, but we can help the dog move closer to an ideal confidence level right now. We can help them reach their personal potential through physically helping the dog posses better motor-skills, develop resilience, and have non-habitual experiences in a safe and controlled environment.
This class combines confidence building and conditioning. Integrating walking with other fitness games and exercises to keep your dog busy mentally and physically thoughout the class. It has proven to be a fun and enjoyable time with dog lovers in a safe and controlled social atmosphere.
The classroom is separated into stations with degrees of personalized “tricks” to teach and perform. Every dog has different body types. The whippet. The bulldog. The golden puppy. There will be modifications to each station for the more flexible and the bigger boned.
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If you want to keep your dog strong and healthy, join this conditioning and body awareness class. The flow yoga-like approach behind each game will teach you how you can properly keep a self-paced, force-free routine workout with your dog’s fitness level in mind. The dogs use their own body weight and movability to condition and build body awareness and strength.
This class will safely improve your dog’s fitness through conditioning and body awareness exercises — ultimately preventing injuries, even if your sport is hiking or running around in the back yard.
Other benefits are:
- increased body awareness
- increased confidence
- improved attitude
- added flexibility and balance
- helps with weight loss
- increases over-all strength
After attending Robert J Porter, CCRP "It’s Possible” Conditioning Workshop, I have gained a better understanding of the benefits of using a force-free approach. This class includes some of the safest and effective ways to strengthen your dogs body for the typical movements the 21st century dog does on a daily basis. I’m soooo excited to say, IT IS POSSIBLE to keep your active dog healthy.
There will be a “Declaration of Pet’s Health” each dogs team will sign after the first class of this 5 class series saying: “I declare and acknowledge that my dog is in good health, injury free, and that participating in this K9 Fitness class does not contradict any recommendations or guidelines established for my dog by a veterinary professional (i.e., veterinarian, rehabilitation practitioner, veterinary chiropractor, etc.) My pet is free of internal and external parasites, any communicable diseases, and has received appropriate vaccinations.”
If at any time you feel the class isn't for you and your dog, you can pull out with a prorated refund. But I assure everyone that we will not progress until your dog is comfortable and 100% willing and ready to. I think you really will enjoy this approach to a healthy force-free K9 fitness workout for your dog.
Details: 5-Weeks of a Force-Free K9 Fitness Program
Instructor: Gail Hubbard and Natalie Boone
Class Dates: Friday, June 7, 14, 21; July 12, 19
Start Date: Tuesday, June 4 - July 2
Location: A Good Dog's Life Training Center, 33 Hidden Acres Drive, Asheville, NC 28806
What to Bring: Bring what motivates your dog (toy and small, soft food treats) and your enthusiasm!