Focus on Weaves

Taught by Bobbie Lyons, CCFT, KPA CTP

This class is all about how to properly strengthen a dog to support the movements required for weave poles performance. A lot of psoas and shoulder injuries are caused by the repetitious movement required for weave pols performance.These exercise will help to reduce the chance of injury, improve your dogs strength and flexibility.

There will be discussion threads to ask questions and post video for review. Everyone is a participant. Each class is broken into sections with one or more lessons within each section. You can post ONE short 2-3 min 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.

Why take this class:

🌀Medial Shoulder Instability and Supraspinatus injury are well known injuries partially caused by weave poles performance

🌀Psoas injury is one of the highest performance injuries that occur performance dogs

🌀Weave poles requires a lot of repetition to train and maintain performance

🌀This class will break down different stages of weaving (see curriculum below) and provide strength training for each movement

🌀You will learn a variety of exercises and how to apply them to specific performance related movements.


Lesson 1 - Limb awareness
Lesson 2 - Collection - shift back
Lesson 3- Neck muscles
Lesson 4 - Spinal muscles and core
Lesson 5 - Bending
Lesson 6 - Twisting
Lesson 7 - 2 foot - Supination and Pronation of Forelimbs
Lesson 8 - Single stride or swim - Supination and Pronation of Forelimbs
Lesson 9 - Flexibility

What level are the exercises:

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 movements needed but will not be teaching all the foundation movements (see suggested pre-requisite).

Suggested Pre-requisite: a basic understanding of clicker training and the following behaviors either on verbal or hand signal cue, using a target or lured:

🌀Give a paw or wave

🌀Nose touch and/or nose touch hold

🌀Value for front, rear, and all feet on equipment

🌀Stand on cue

🌀Pop up, pop forward

🌀Right and Left Circles (Spin & Twist)

Possible equipmentsubstitution will be recommended if you don’t have equipment used in the videos. There are many possible equipment options or you may use something you have laying around your house.

🌀Rocker board or non slip board – doesn’t have to rock

🌀2o2o board/travel plank or aerobic bench

🌀K9FITbones - large and small

🌀Large and small discs


🌀Donut holder

🌀2 cones and a pole (one cavaletti)

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.

Some information in this class may over lap 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.

Disclaimer: The information in this class may over lap or appear in other classes due to the foundation needed for many behaviors, tricks and fitness exercises.

Your Instructor

Bobbie Lyons, CCFT. KPA CTP
Bobbie Lyons, CCFT. KPA CTP

Certified Canine Fitness Trainer

Karen Pryor Certified Training Partner

CGC Evaluator (trick titles)

Bobbie owns and operates Pawsitive Performance which offers dog training, fitness training and trick training around the globe. She was part of the TEAM that contributed knowledge and experience to design the CCFT II Live Lab and is a course "Instructor" for the program. Bobbie also completed the certification program for Canine Fitness through the Companion Animal Sciences Institute and she is a Certified Training Partner with the Karen Pryor Academy.

Bobbie has 4 awesome dogs that train a variety of skills for agility, fitness training, trick training, tugging and dock diving. Bobbie enjoys the training process and strives to comuinicate in the best way she can to help her dogs and clients dogs understand the task at hand. She starts every training sessions with this question "how can I set the dog up for success and give the dog the best information to successfully complete the behavior".

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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 videos​ 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 at [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.