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​Why train two cues, when you can train ONE.

It is no secret that I LOVE teaching FOOT targeting skills with many different objects and in many different situations for canine fitness. Targeting skills are very useful for fitness but I am learning that they may not be everyone’s favorite thing to teach or that time is limited. “Training...

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LET ME TELL YOU A STORY...

Once upon a time…. I had a dog, the best dog ever, that wanted to play with me more than anything. He didn’t care about other dogs or even people but rather, just wanted to do whatever I wanted to do. Everything he did was at 90 miles an hour and at 110%. Side note: Everything he did was...

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Fitness for Obedience Dogs

By Hannah Branigan & Bobbie Lyons It may not seem like it, but training for and competing in obedience (and related sports like Rally and Freestyle), have significant athletic requirements on your dog’s body. In fact, it’s not uncommon to run into physical limitations when trying to train...

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Generalizing Many Cues to One Prop

Communicating with your dog using clear cues or signals is super important to keep frustration low and success high. Putting behaviors on a cue that is truly understood by the dog and generalizing those behaviors to many objects and situations helps you communicate with your dog in many...

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Cookie Stretches

Flexibility is an important component of fitness training. It plays a major role in overall health, fitness and function. But just like in human fitness, flexibility is often overlooked in our dog’s fitness program. Cookie Stretches are a great way to work on flexibility with our dogs. The goal...

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Human Fitness at Home

Hello all, in this crazy time I decided to team up with a human physical therapist to bring you a HUMAN workout. The exercise listed below were designed and provided by Jennifer Hill, PT-CCRP/CCFT. Stay tuned for future workouts WITH your dog where Jen and I will put together human and dog...

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Learn Lateral Walking

Lateral walking is an important fundament skill for canine fitness training. Lateral stepping means that your dog walks sideways in shuffle steps - think “step-together-step.” His spine stays neutral, which means fairly straight and not curved or roached. Pay close attention to the position of...

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Rear End Awareness

For me Rear End Awareness it is not just about picking up a hind foot but instead it is about muscle engagement to propel the dog in motion and also to teach the dog how to "put on the brakes" with their whole body. If what we are teaching the dog is to shift their weight forward, then we aren't...

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Body Awareness

I get a lot of requests for workshops or classes specifically for “body awareness.” I started asking the question, “What does body awareness mean to you?” These are some of the answers: I don’t know - awareness of their body How to move their body How to shift weight to all limbs How to...

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Photo Postural Assessment

Every few months, I will perform a static postural assessment of my dogs. I take photos of my dogs standing, sitting and downing and put them into a document. I analyze their posture in the pictures to identify any issues they may be having and to track any changes that may be occurring over...

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