[2023] Senior Dog Fitness

Taught by Lisa Schmit, PhD, CCFT, CPMP

Enrollment Begins 10am Pacific on: November 1st, 2023 and Ends: November 15th, 2023 @ Midnight

Do You ...

Want to learn fun quick exercises that you can safely perform with your senior dog?

Struggle to find appropriate workouts for your senior dog?

Want to improve your senior dog's quality of life by learning functional and fun excercises?

Then This Class Is For You!!!

Senior dogs need mental and physical exercises too!!!

Keeping muscles toned & flexible while maintaining balance, stability, and function

Learn some fun ways designed to keep your senior dog functional and moving to help keep muscles healthy and strong, to enhance flexibility and body awareness and improve dynamic balance.

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, resulting in diminished movement.

In order to keep senior dogs 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 muscle toned and flexible while maintaining balance, stability, and function. Conditioning the senior dog also helps to mentally exercise the mind of the dog and enhance 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 toward their phyiscal and mental ability. This calls will teach you how to do safe, fun exercises for senior dogs that will help improve body awareness, flexibility, balance, front, hind and core strength. It also provides mental stimulation to keep our senior dogs' mind working well too!

Why Take This Class?

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

❖ Learn *NEW* 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 traditional in person class format
✔ Work at your own pace in the convience of your own home
✔ Access to material for as long as BLCC exists

What's Included?

Discussion Threads

There will be discussion threads to ask questions.


Each class is broken into lessons, with one or more exercises or techniques within each lesson.

Start Date

Class will begin after you enroll. This class is always open so some students will be ahead of you and some will be behind you.


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).


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 to review and give feedback. Access to material lasts as long as BLCC exists.

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

Course Curriculum

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.

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Possible Equipment

Substitution will be recommended if you don't have the 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
  • Two different feed buckets will also be used
  • 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 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

Choose a Pricing Option

[ Space is Limited to 10 Workers ]

Get started as an AUDITOR for only


One-time fee, USD

*Taxes are included in listed price*

  • Ask questions in the discussion threads
  • View video feedback recordings in the working students threads
  • Access to course material for as long as BLCC exists

This course is not open for enrollment at this time.

Questions about the course?

Email the instructor Lisa Schmit at
[email protected]