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

and Ends: March 15, 2022 @ Midnight

Strength Training to Prevent the Most Common Injuries in Dog Sports

Aligning Exercises to Structural Weakness Can Be Key to Injury Prevention

In the K9 sports world there is a lot of talk of injury to the shoulders and the Iliopsoas muscle. Often these injuries are “soft tissue” that are hard to diagnose and difficult to fully recover. My goal in this SIX week class, is help you understand how to reduce the chance of injury and have a better understanding of how these injuries can occur.

Iliopsoas (Psoas) injury is often seen in canine sports athletes due to over use of the muscles, splayed rear legs on slippery ground, under trained long jumps, and lack of strength in the core muscle group, just to name a few culprits. The iliopsoas is two muscles and supports more movements than you might think.

Shoulder injury often occurs due in performance dogs due to repetitive movements, managing surfaces, managing 60% of their body weight, the speed in which they are turning and more. This class will help you understand the complexity of the shoulder and how to support it through exercise.

Who should participate?

→ Any Healthy Dog!

Why take this class?

➤ Learn How to Understand Psoas and Shoulder Injuries in Performance Dogs
➤ Describe the Anatomy of the Complicated Shoulder and Forelimb Complex
➤ The Potential Reasons for Psoas and Shoulder Injuries
➤ What Makes Your Dog Predisposed to Psoas and Shoulder Injuries
➤ Prevention, Strength, Stretching, and Conditioning Exercises Will Be Described in Depth

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.

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.


THREE weeks will work specifically on Psoas.
THREE weeks will work specifically on Shoulders.

What level are the exercises? 

This course will have beginner to advanced exercise with most falling in the intermediate to advanced level. If you are a beginner you can start at the foundation level and work out to the more advanced movements. I will help you figure this out.
Suggested Pre-requisite a basic understanding of targeting and foundation skills is helpful, but not required.
Possible Equipment – substitution will be recommended if you don’t have equipment used in the videos. 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
▸ K9FITbones
▸ Large and Small Balance Discs
▸ Peanut
▸ Klimbs or Other Platforms
▸ Cavalettis or Agility Jumps or Poles on Soda Cans

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, targeting, and It's Yer Choice. These methods will be discussed in the video tutorials, in the forum and through video review.

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.

Bobbie Lyons, CCFT, KPA CTP

Certified Canine Fitness Trainer

Karen Pryor Academy Faculty

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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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 Bobbie Lyons at
[email protected]