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

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 dogโ€™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.
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.

Why take this class?

The foundation exercises and positioning of the exercises taught in this class have been chosen to safely improve the following:
๐ŸŒ€ Trunk & Core Strength
๐ŸŒ€ Balance & Coordination
๐ŸŒ€ Flexibility & Range of Motion
๐ŸŒ€ Confidence
๐ŸŒ€ Body Awareness
๐ŸŒ€ Human/Animal Bond

Who should participate?

๐ŸŒ€ Puppies โ€“ before growth plate closer โ€“ limited repetition
๐ŸŒ€ Newbies to fitness
๐ŸŒ€ Those looking to fine-tune their foundation skills
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.


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?ย 

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-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 and/or Nose Touch Hold
๐ŸŒ€ Chin Rest
๐ŸŒ€ Cone Wrap
๐ŸŒ€ Paw Target
Possible Equipmentย โ€“ย substitution will be recommended if you donโ€™t have equipmentย used in the videos. Many exercises will be shown on the flat (no equipment needed). There are many possible equipment options or you may use something you have laying around your house.
๐ŸŒ€ 2o2o Board/Travel Plank or Aerobic Bench
๐ŸŒ€ Target
๐ŸŒ€ Target Stick
๐ŸŒ€ Mats
๐ŸŒ€ Feed Pan or Bowl
๐ŸŒ€ Stool
๐ŸŒ€ X-Pen
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๏ปฟ

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 a keen eye for movement.

To learn more about Danielle visit:


This course is not open for enrollment at this time.

Questions about the course?

Email the instructor Danielle Hall at
[email protected]

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.