Open Enrollment

Strength Training to Prevent the Most Common Injuries in Dog Sports

Aligning Exercises to Structural Weakness Can Be Key to Injury Prevention


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

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 as long as BLCC exists.

What's Included?

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

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 - access to material last as long as BLCC exists.

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.
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 and course content.

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 owns and operates Pawsitive Performance LLC which offers dog training, fitness training and trick training around the globe. Bobbie is the lead instructor and program director for the Certified Canine Strength and Conditioning Coach program that is offered through North Carolina State University and North Carolina State University Veterinary Medicine. She was also part of the TEAM that contributed knowledge and experience to design the CCFT II Live Lab and was a course instructor for the program. Bobbie 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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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.

Get started for only


One-time fee, USD
*Taxes are included in listed price*

  • 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
[email protected]