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

and Ends: May 15, 2022 @ Midnight

Senior Dogs Need Fitness Too!

Keeping Muscles Toned & Flexible While Maintaining Balance, Stability, and Function

As dogs age, they tend to gain weight, become less active, sleep more and lose mental focus.  Just like humans, dogs also find it harder to move around due to deteriorating muscle mass, arthritis (or other diseases) and just normal wear and tear on their aging bodies.  The less they move, the more muscles atrophy, balance diminishes and the less they move. In order to keep senior dog at the best quality of life we need to keep senior dogs moving. Fitness is essential for keeping our senior dogs mobile and active. A structured exercise program benefits senior dogs by keeping muscles toned and flexible while maintaining balance, stability and function.   Conditioning the senior dog also helps to mentally exercises the mind of the dog and also enhances the relationship between you and your dog. The main goal of exercising senior dogs is to keep them moving and functional at life so they can maintain a good quality of life as they age. 

Senior dogs cannot do what they once did as young dogs so we must be mindful to create an exercise plan geared toward their physical and mental ability.  This class will teach you how to do safe, fun exercises for senior dogs that will help improve body awareness, flexibility, balance, front, hind-end and core strength.  It also provides mental stimulation to keep our senior dogs mind working well too!!  

Who Should Participate?

→ This class is geared towards the senior dog, but any age dog is welcome in this class! 

Why Take This Class?

➤ Learn Fun, Safe Exercises for your Senior Dog
➤ Lectures on Specific Issues Related to Senior Dogs
➤ Provide Mental Stimulation
➤ Enhance Human Dog Relationship 

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.


Class consists of 6 lessons with multiple exercises per lesson.

What level are the exercises?

Since this is a senior dog fitness class, exercises will be beginner to intermediate level.
Suggested Pre-requisite a basic understanding how to positively train dogs and an open mind.

Targeting Essentials for K9 Fitness
Foundation Fitness
Possible Equipment – substitution will be recommended if you don’t have equipment used in each video. FitPAWS is offering a 30% education discount. Klimb is offering a discount as well.
Information to get the discount will be available upon enrolling.

▸ Most exercises will use 1 or 2 balance pads.   
▸ I will also use two different feed buckets.  

There are many possible equipment options using household items such as your couch cushions!

Training Methods - A variety of training methods can be used to obtain the proper movement or position - 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.

Lisa Schmit, PhD, CCFT, CPMP

Certified Canine Fitness Trainer

Certified Pet Massage Practitioner

Bobbie Lyons K9FITteam Member

Lisa is the owner of In The Zone Agility LLC and is one of the most accomplished handlers in NADAC. Her consistent, clear positive approach to dog training is evidence with her continual success with multiple dogs! She offers agility, conditioning and massage seminars across the continent and puts on about 12 NADAC trails a year.

Lisa has come home from the NADAC Championships with 10 trophies with 5 different dogs. She has finished in Overall Top 3 at NADAC Champs 22 times with 9 different dogs including her Brittany and Aussie. Tandem, JP7 and Revolution earned the coveted Purple MODSQUAD award--Master of Distance and Speed which requires high level distance handling and speed. Less than 25 dogs in the world have this award and Lisa has three of them. JP7 and Tandem earned the Distance Cup Award. Nine of her dogs have over 175 NATCHES, over 45 Speed Stars. Eight of her dogs have almost 200 Bonus Runs (requires big distance skills). Her dogs are consistently in the Top 10 every year and in most categories in the NADAC Hall of Fame.

To learn more about Lisa visit: www.inthezoneagility.com

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 Lisa Schmit at
[email protected]