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There's More to Cavalettis Then Stride Work

Learn How Versatile Cavalettis Can Be!

This class is all about Cavalettis!ย  Packed full of a wide variety of exercises this class will cover in-depth what you can do with cavalettis for strength, gait and limb awareness.
Lengthening and strengthening through the spine and core, improving limb awareness and strength is what this class is all about.ย 
This is a great class to keep your dog strong and their stride length long during the hot and cold months when it's hard to get outside for longer activities.

Why take this class?

๐ŸŒ€ Improves Proprioception (limb awareness)
๐ŸŒ€ Improves Core and Joint Strength
๐ŸŒ€ย Lengthens Stride
๐ŸŒ€ย Improves Coordination
๐ŸŒ€ย Builds Confidence
๐ŸŒ€ Learn how to properly space Cavalettis for stride work
๐ŸŒ€ Learn when and how often
๐ŸŒ€ Learn all about the creative uses for Cavalettis besides stride work
๐ŸŒ€ Over 20 behaviors to choose from

Who should participate?

๐ŸŒ€ Puppies โ€“ before growth plate closer โ€“ limited repetition
๐ŸŒ€ Adult dogs
๐ŸŒ€ Dogs with shortened stride
๐ŸŒ€ Conformation dogs
๐ŸŒ€ Dogs recently recovered from injury
๐ŸŒ€ Dogs that lack core strength and stride length
๐ŸŒ€ Dogs that are tight in the low back and pelvis
๐ŸŒ€ Dogs that pace when walking with their owner
๐ŸŒ€ Dogs that lack confidence
There will be discussion threads to ask questions and post video for review.ย ย Everyone is a participant. Each class is broken into sections with one or more lessons within each section. You can submit up to 3 minutes of video per section for instructional review.
Class will start on the 15th of the enrolling month. Each section will post to the site every 7 days. The course is open for video submission, questions, review and comments for 90 days after the first day of class - access to material lasts for 1 yr.


Setups, Tips & Hacks for Cavalettis (including homemade options)
Cavalettis for Limb Awareness
Proper Height for Limb Awareness & Strength Exercises
Cavalettis for Stride Work
Proper Spacing
Proper Height for Stride Work
Proper Gait
Stride Extension
Cavalettis for Long-backed Dogs
Cavalettis for Strength

What level are the exercises?ย 

This course will have beginner to advanced exercise with most falling in the intermediate to advanced level. This class will focus specifically on the exercises taught and I will answer questions about the foundation needed but will not be teaching all the foundation movements (see suggested pre-requisite).
Suggested Pre-requisiteย -ย a basic understanding of clicker training and the following behaviors either on verbal or hand signal cue, using a target or lured:
๐ŸŒ€ Nose Touch or Chin Rest
๐ŸŒ€ Go to Target or Mat
๐ŸŒ€ Cone Wrap
๐ŸŒ€ Independent Backup
๐ŸŒ€ Right and Left Circles (Spin & Twist)
๐ŸŒ€ Side Stepping
๐ŸŒ€ Paw Target
Possible Equipmentย โ€“ย substitution will be recommended if you donโ€™t have equipmentย used in the videos. There are many possible equipment options or you may use something you have laying around your house.
๐ŸŒ€ Cavalettis (cones & poles, set of 6)
๐ŸŒ€ Homemade pvc pipe cavalettis
๐ŸŒ€ Poles, agility jump bars, broom/mop handles, on crushed soda cans
๐ŸŒ€ Cones/buckets
๐ŸŒ€ Targets and mats
Training Methods - A variety of training methods can be used to obtain the proper movement or position - shaping, luring, capturing, targeting and molding. These will be discussed in the video tutorials, in the forum and through video review but every tiny step will not be demonstrated in the instructional video. You will need to break each behavior down into small pieces so that your dog understands what is being asked.

Disclaimer: Some information in this class may overlap or appear in other classes due to the foundation needed for many behaviors, tricks and fitness exercises. In addition, there are overlapping skills needed for many different performance activities so you may see exercises that are the same but packaged up differently toward a slightly different goal.

Danielle Hall, BFA, CCFT

Certified Canine Fitness Trainer

Bobbie Lyons K9FITteam Member

Danielle owns and operatesย K9 BeneFIT, which offers canine fitness training private lessons (both in-person and virtually), classes, and workshops in the Southern California area and beyond.ย 

Danielle completed the University of Tennessee Certified Canine Fitness Trainer program earning a "CCFTโ€ certification.ย She is also a member of the Bobbie Lyons K9FITteam, an elite team of trainers passionate about canine fitness.

Along with fitness training, Danielle has enjoyed a variety of activities with her rescue dogs including agility, nose work, herding, tricks, dock diving, and disc.ย They also love to spend time outdoors hiking, camping and road tripping.

Danielle is also a lifelong horsewoman combining her knowledge of horses and dogs in both her training and keen eye for movement.

To learn more about Danielle visit:


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Frequently Asked Questions

When does the class start and finish?

Class officially starts the day after the enrollment period ends. New material will be posted every 7 days after class begins to allow you time to process the information and start the training process. Video review and commenting will be open for 90 days from the start of class allowing you plenty of time to work through the material, take and edit video and formulate your questions as well as allow the instructor time to review and give feedback. We have built-in extra time after all class materials are available so that students that are behind or students still working on behaviors can ask questions and post videosโ€‹ for review and comment.

How long do I have access to the class?

For one year from the start of class. The school reserves the right to modify, update or remove this class at any time.

What is your refund policy for current classes?

You will receive a refund if you request your cancellation at least 1 day before the class begins. There are no refunds after class has started.

What if I am unhappy with the class?

We make every effort to offer valuable information at an affordable rate. We suggest you read the class description carefully before making your purchase to determine if the class is right for you. Because there are many levels of trainers, there will be material that is review for some and new to others. For those that are review, it will give you an opportunity to look at what you have trained and refine the behaviors as needed. If you are unsatisfied with your purchase, please contact admin atย [email protected]

Can instructors diagnose or treat injury?

No - instructors and assistant instructors cannot diagnose or treat injury. They can design fitness plans for healthy dogs or dogs that have a written release from veterinary care and/or veterinary rehabilitation care.