Enrollment Begins 10am Pacific on: September 1st, 2022 

and Ends: September 15th, 2022 @ Midnight

Learn the Key to Training the Proper Movement, Form, and Posture Needed for the Foundations of K9 Fitness

If you are new to k9 fitness, overwhelmed by all the information out there or wondering where to even start. A solid foundation will get you on your way!

If you have aspirations to do more advanced exercises with your dog. Well, you can! Every advanced exercise is an extension of a foundation piece. Train a SOLID foundation and you will have what it takes to take your k9 fitness to the next level.

If you are experienced with k9 fitness, but not achieving the higher-level goals you have set or maybe you unknowingly skipped some steps along the way. It's never too late to go back and refine your skills!

Are you still getting front foot movement in down/stands and sit/stands? Is side stepping still a mystery to you? What about pivot and back up - do you understand how to get your dog to shift weight to the rear? These are just some of the questions that will be answered in this class.
This class is all about training the foundation skills needed for canine fitness. Skills will be taught on the flat without any balance equipment and this is more of a training class. It's about showing the proper training techniques for the foundation exercises and getting proper posture while engaging the correct muscles and muscle activation so that your dog understands what you are asking before putting dogs on balance equipment. This is a great class for PUPPIES!

Strengthening and conditioning exercises are done in slow, deliberate movements maximizing the advantage of each exercise. Physically conditioned dogs perform better with less occurrence and severity of injury when involved in a regular conditioning program.

Some of the exercises presented in this class may be the same or similar to things you have already trained, however, you may learn you need to adjust your dog’s body position or speed in which they are moving to maximize the benefits of the exercise for fitness.

Putting each foundation skill on cue (verbal or hand signal) will make your training sessions more efficient and will "give more specific information to your dog" to create a better line of communication.

Who Should Participate?

→ Puppies – before growth plate closer – limited repetition
→ Newbies to fitness
→ Those looking to fine-tune their foundation skills

Why Take This Class?

The foundation exercises and positioning of the exercises taught in this class have been chosen to safely improve the following:
➤ Trunk & Core Strength
➤ Balance & Coordination
➤ Flexibility & Range of Motion
➤ Confidence
➤ Body Awareness
➤ Human/Animal Bond

Advantages of the Online Class

✔️ Convenience of online learning
✔️ More time to learn the material than the traditional in person class format
✔️ Work at your own pace in the convenience of your home
✔️ Access to the material for at least 1 yr.

"Ursa had surgery on both elbows and a shoulder when she was a pup. She recovered well; loves swimming in the summer and running in the hunting fields in the winter. As a four year old, we wanted to keep her mind engaged while also helping to avoid physical problems in the future. We bought some FitPAWS equipment and looked for a class. Given COVID, there was nothing local; searched online and found Bobbie Lyons Canine Fitness & Performance Training's online courses.

The training is excellent. We learned a lot. Ursa loved doing the exercises (and the related treating). But I also loved the Yoon video feedback the instructor provided. It is way better than written feedback and in-person classes.

In an in-person class, I can't see exactly what I'm doing. And when the instructor is providing feedback, my dog might be acting squirrelly such that I only listen to part of what I hear.

With Yoon, Danielle can pause the video, highlight dog posture feedback with her mouse, or point to where my body should be for better results, etc. And when I'm watching it, I'm focused on the feedback. I can't say enough positive things about this feedback approach."

John Harris and Ursa (Lab)

Thornton, CO

What's Included?

Discussion Threads
There will be discussion threads to ask questions.

Video Review
Working students can submit up to 3 minutes of video per lesson for instructional review.  Voiceover video review is done by screen-casting for a more personalized experience. Screen-casting is audio-visual feedback (the next best thing to a 1:1 conversation)

Start Date
Class will begin right after you enroll. This class is always open so some students will be ahead of you and some will be behind you.

Each class is broken into Lessons, with one or more exercises within each lesson.

The class is open for video submission, questions, review and comments for 90 days 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.
- access to material lasts for 1 yr. 

The school reserves the right to modify, update or remove this class at any time.


Rock Back Sit
Tuck Sit to Stand
Weight Shifting
Side Stepping
Right and Left Circles
Surface Training
Wrapping a Cone
Go to Mat

Class consists of 6 lessons with multiple exercises per lesson.

What Level are the Exercises? 

This course will have beginner exercises, but even those who have been doing fitness for a while may benefit from revisiting and refining the foundation skills.
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 are helpful, but not required:
➤ Nose Touch and/or Nose Touch Hold
➤ Chin Rest
➤ Cone Wrap
➤ Paw Target

Targeting Essentials for K9 Fitness Class
Possible Equipment – substitution will be recommended if you don’t have equipment used in the videos. Many exercises will be shown on the flat (no equipment needed). FitPAWS is offering a 30% education discount. Klimb is offering a discount as well. Information to get the discount will be available upon enrolling.
▸ 2o2o Board/Travel Plank or Aerobic Bench
▸ Target
▸ Target Stick
▸ Mats
▸ Feed Pan or Bowl
▸ Stool
▸ X-Pen

There are many possible equipment options or you may use something you have laying around your house.

Training Methods - A variety of training methods can be used to obtain the proper movement or position - shaping, luring, capturing, targeting and It's Yer Choice. These will be discussed in the video tutorials, in the forum and through video review. A progression of the training process will be shown and in many cases more than one training option will be demonstrated for each movement and behavior.

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

Danielle completed the University of Tennessee Certified Canine Fitness Trainer program earning a "CCFT” certification. 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. 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 a keen eye for movement.

To learn more about Danielle visit:


Pricing & Participation Options...

[ Space is Limited to 10 Workers ]



One-time fee, USD

  • Ask questions in the discussion threads
  • View video feedback recordings in the working students threads
This course is not open for enrollment at this time.

Questions about the course?

Email the instructor Danielle Hall at
[email protected]