Workshop Registration July16th, 2022 August 1st, 2022

[ workshop starts on August 1st]

Connecting the Dots Between Posture and Performance

Learn How to Evaluate Canine Posture and Understand How It Relates to Movement and Overall Performance

Do you wonder if your dog has good posture?

Do you wonder if the fitness exercises you do with your dog are appropriate?

Do you worry about injury while competing?

Do you have trouble identifying weak areas in your canine athlete?

Are you interested in improving your dogs movement and performance by making small adjustments to posture?

Then this is the workshop for you!

This workshop is designed to teach you how to evaluate posture to improve performance and reduce the risk of injury, by learning how to apply posture evaluation to become more efficient and precise with fitness exercises.

Learn how to evaluate your dog's posture from Bobbie Lyons!

Who Should Participate?

→ Dog trainers that teach dog sports, obedience, conformation etc
→ Massage therapists
→ Dog sport competitors (agility, flyball, dock diving, herding, IGP, Ring etc)
→ Vets and vet techs
→ Anyone who is interested in canine fitness and performance

Canine Participants
⇢ Dogs that are required to jump for their sport
⇢ Conformation dogs
⇢ Dogs that compete in obedience
⇢ Dogs that compete in dog sports
⇢ Dogs that have recovered from injury

Why Take This Workshop?

➤Understand how to properly evaluate canine posture
➤Learn how posture effects your dogs performance
➤Learn how posture effects fitness exercises
➤Learn how to identify weak areas to help prevent injuries
➤Learn how to increase efficiency and precision of muscle movement through fitness exercises
➤Understand how to identify posture changes from normal
➤Receive personalized feed back on your dog via video voice over review. (Workers Only)

Advantages of the Workshop

✔️ Convenience of live instruction online with voiceover video analysis
✔️ Save on travel expenses (flight, hotel, meals etc)
✔️ Time efficient to learn the material vs. than the traditional workshop format
✔️ Work with your own dog in the convenience of your home
✔️ Access to the material for at least 1 yr

Success Story #1

This dog was squaring off rounded or wrapped jumps in agility and dropping bars. In Obedience his gait timing was off when heeling.

Initial Posture Evaluation
Stand:  Rear foot stance too wide, standing tucked under
Sit: Rear feet too wide, not sitting up straight, tipping toes up slightly
Down: Scrunched up through trunk, pelvis over rotated, rear feet extended and forward

Post Posture Evaluation
Improving posture through exercise increased this dog's
awareness of how to use his body, learned what a balanced stand feels like and went from staying tucked under and supporting his weight through his back to standing and moving nicely with weight in all four feet. In obedience he is now shifting his weight back for heeling and is able to trot next to his owner. In agility, he went from squaring off jumps to tucking his rear feet underneath him to power over while wrapping.

Success Story #2

Client was a terrier mix who stood with a roach back
and had recovered from a psoas injury. Primarily competes in agility. He struggles with knocking bars and not utilizing his hind limbs as well as he could.

Initial Posture Evaluation
Stand: Standing tucked under
Sit: Rear feet too wide, not sitting up straight
Down: Scrunched up through trunk

Post Posture Evaluation
Through exercises we corrected his wide stance in a sit and taught him how to get his rear feet underneath him prior to taking off for a jump. This gave him more power to propel over a jump which equaled less bar knocking. We also taught him what a normal balanced stand feels like so he can stretch out through his spine and relax his back allowing him to maintain a longer stride which improved his yards per second.

What's Included?

↳Real-time instruction and live Q&A via zoom LIVE sessions
↳Access to discussion threads and LIVE session recordings
↳Working spots will be able to submit a 1 to 2 minute video for posture evaluation and receive voiceover analysis
Bobbie will teach using zoom, power point, and videos. You can ask questions during the live sessions as well as later in the online classroom.

TWO LIVE sessions (approx. 2 hrs) will be held:
Aug. 1st, 2022 - 3pm Pacific
This is for all participants Workers and Auditors. After the workshop I will upload supporting information for download.

After the initial Workshop, workers will turn in a 1-2 min video showing their dog in a natural sit, stand and down by Aug 5th. Further instructions will be given during the workshop. Bobbie will review all videos by Aug 12th and another live coaching call will be held on Aug 15th to answer any questions you have and to give you a couple starter exercises to support good posture in your dog.

Aug. 15th, 2022 - 3pm Pacific
Working Spot Evaluation Questions. Workers only but auditors will have access to the recording.


During the LIVE Q&A sessions Bobbie will answer questions, demonstrate live, and give feedback on videos submitted for review.


There will be discussion threads for workers to post their videos and for auditors to ask questions. 


Working students can submit a 1 to 2 minute video for posture evaluation. Workers will have their dogs sit, down, and stand with views from the front, side and back. Videos will be submitted by Aug 5th AFTER the live workshop on Aug 1st. Voiceover video review will be done by screen-casting for a more personalized experience and more detailed information. Screen-casting is audio-visual feedback (the next best thing to a 1:1 conversation)


The live workshop will officially start on August 1st, 2022, with the live evaluation session on August 15th, 2022. Access to material lasts at least 1 yr.

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

Suggested Pre-requisite a basic understanding how to positively train dogs and an open mind.
Training Methods - A variety of training methods can be used to obtain the proper movement, position, or posture - shaping, luring, capturing, targeting and molding. These will be discussed and demonstrated in the video tutorials and through video review but every tiny step will not be demonstrated.

Disclaimer: Some information in this class/workshop may overlap or appear in other classes/workshops 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

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 5 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".

To learn more about Bobbie visit:

Pricing & Participation Options...

[ Space is Limited to 30 WORKERS ]



One-time fee, USD

  • Watch BOTH Live recordings
  • Ask questions during the LIVE workshop and in discussion threads
  • Watch the LIVE session recordings
  • Access the workshop materials for at least 1 year
This workshop is not open for registration at this time.

Questions about the workshop?

Email the instructor Bobbie Lyons at
[email protected]