Self Guided -
Psoas / Shoulder Injury Prevention

Designed by Bobbie Lyons, CSCC, CCFT, KPA CPT

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Strength Training to Prevent the Most Common Injuries in Dog Sports

Aligning Exercises to Structural Weakness Can Be Key to Injury Prevention

Self-Paced Class

As soon as you sign up, you will have access to the full course!

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

Illopsoas (psoas) injury is often seen in canine sport 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 illopsoas is two muscles and supports more movements then you might think.

Shoulder injury often occurs 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.

Why Take This Class?

This course is ideal for any healthy dog!

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

Convience 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 own home
Access to material for as long as the BLCC site exists

What's Included?

Self Paced Class

As soon as you sign up, you have access to all the lessons. This way you can pick and chose which exercises to work on.

Start Date

The class will begin right after you enroll. This class is always open for enrollment, so some students might be ahead of you and some will be behind you.


Each class is broken into lessons, with one or more exercises within each lesson - access to materials for as long as BLCC exists.

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

Course Curriculum

Exercise Level:

This course will have beginner to advanced exercises 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.

  • THREE weeks will work specifically on psoas

  • THREE weeks will work specifically on shoulders

  • Suggested Pre-requsites: basic understanding of targeting and foundation skills is helpful, but not required

    Possible Equipment

    Substitution will be recommended if you don't have the equipment used in the videos. FitPAWS is offering 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
  • K9FIT bones, large and small discs
  • Peanut
  • Klimbs or Platforms
  • Cavalettis or agility jumps or poles on pop 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 turtorials, 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, CSCC, CCFT, KPA CTP

Lead Instructor and Program Director - Certified Canine Strength and Conditioning Coach Program
Certified Canine Fitness Trainer
Karen Pryor Academy Faculty

Bobbie has been teaching and learning about canine fitness for over 18 years. Her keen eye of movement and ability to adjust exercises to improve strength is undeniable. Bobbie creates pet, performance, and working dog canine fitness plans focusing on improving posture and strength specifically for the activities the dog is involved in, or the activities the handler strives to achieve.

Blending dog training techniques with canine fitness is what makes Bobbie an asset to any handler dog team or family. She can help you break down behavior, add in strength, and end up with a very strong behavior that improves performance while decreasing the chances of injury.

Bobbie is the Program Director for the Certified Canine Strength and Conditioning Coach program accredited by the North Carolina State Veterinary Medicine and a Karen Pryor Academy Faculty member. She spends a good amount of her time teaching others to improve their training skills and how to add canine fitness to their career path.

Bobbie is a fun, relaxed instructor who likes to teach more like a conversation. She is very giving of her time and imparts an amazing amount of information. This is an effort to help students understand why, how, and what to look for when training and completing canine fitness exercises.

Bobbie has 4 dogs who swim weekly, play frisbee, trick training, and take part in canine fitness exercises. Bobbie previously has competed in agility, dock diving, disc and trick training, Bobbie trains a large variety of behaviors in an effort to understand what is needed in many canine sports and what is required of working dogs. Her clients whether pet, sport, or working dog benefit from Bobbie's vast knowledge of canine fitness and dog behavior training.

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As soon as you sign up you will have access to all the lessons. This way, you can pick and choose which exercises to work on.

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One-time fee, USD
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  • Access to the popular Psoas/Shoulder Injury Prevention course
  • Access to material for as long as BLCC exists

Questions about the course?

Email the instructor Bobbie Lyons at
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