Strength for Heeling

Taught by Bobbie Lyons, CSCC, CCFT, KPA CPT

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Registration Begins 10am Pacific on: April 5th, 2023 and Ends: April 17th, 2023 @ Midnight

[workshop begins on April 18th]

Are longer heeling patterns hard for your dog?

Do you want confident, strong heeling?

Are you interested in improving your dog's movement for heeling?
Then this is the workshop for you!

Heeling Takes a Strong Core and Ability to Shift Weight in All Directions

This workshop is designed to help you understand the physical needs of heeling and the exercises that can be done to improve strength and performance

Who Should Participate?

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

Canine Participants

  • Dogs that participating in heeling
  • Conformation dogs
  • Dogs that compete in obedience
  • Dogs that compete in dog sports
  • Dogs that have recovered from injury

Why Take This Workshop?

Understand the physical demands of heeling

Learn how posture affects heeling performance

Learn how to engage the lower back and abdominal muscles

Learn how to increase efficiency and precision of muscle movement through fitness exercises

Understand how to identify what exercises will benefit your dog

Receive personalized feedback on your dog via voiceover review

(Workers Only)

Advantages of the Online Workshop

✔ Convience of live instruction online with voiceover video analysis

✔ Save on travel expenses (flight, hotel, meals, etc)
✔ Time efficient to learn the material vs. the traditional workshop format
✔ Work with your own dog in the convenience of your own home
✔ Access to material for as long as BLCC exists

What our students are saying

" I loved this workshop. I'm not very interested in heeling, but am very interested in developing core and back strength for my dog and I found this to be a fantastic resource. Plus I'm really impressed with how Bobbie's workshops integrate into her classroom platform: this is my first workshop in her classroom and the content is very intelligently organized in a way that I find enhances my learning experience."

Anna Kukhta

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.

Discussion Threads

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


    TWO LIVE sessions (approx. 2 hrs) will be held:

  • April 18th, 2023 at 3pm Pacific - this is the live workshop
  • This is for all participants (workers and auditors). After the workshop Bobbie will upload supporting information for download.
  • May 9th, 2023 at 3pm Pacific
  • Bobbie will review all worker's videos by May 8th. Feedback, along with any other questions you have, will be discussed during the second live call.

Start Date

The live workshop will officially start on April 18th, 2023 at 3pm Pacific, with another live event on May 9th, 2023 at 3pm Pacific to discuss feedback given on workers' videos.

Access to material is for as long as BLCC exists.


  • Working students can submit up to a 2-5 minute video for exercise review after the initial workshop. Voiceover video review is done by screen casting for a more personalized experience. Screen casting is auto-visual feedback (next best thing to 1:1 conversation).
  • Workers can submit their dog performing up to FIVE exercises presented in the workshop.
  • Videos are due by April 30th, 2023.

Live Q&A

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

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

Suggested Pre-requisite

★ A basic understanding of 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 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 activites 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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  • Ask questions in discussion threads
  • View video feedback recordings in the working studen threads
  • Watch LIVE session recordings
  • Access to workshop materials for as long as BLCC exists

Questions about the workshop?

Email the instructor Bobbie Lyons at
[email protected]