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Paddling with Pups
This class is all about Stand Up Paddle-boarding with your Pups
There will be discussion threads to ask questions and post video for review. Everyone is a participant. Each class is broken into sections with one or more lessons within each section. You can post ONE short 1-2 min video per section for instructional review.
Each section will post to the site every 7 days. The course is open for video submission, questions, review and comments for 90 days after the first day of class - access to material lasts for 1 yr.
This class will cover most of the basics of the fastest growing watersport, Stand up Paddle-boarding! Topics will range from equipment to technique to exercises to get you and your dog in shape for the paddling season. Also ways to introduce this new sport to your canine pal.
Why take this class:
🌀 Learn about what equipment is out there and the pros and cons to each type of board
🌀 Learn some simple and some not so simple exercises to improve your balance and core strength
🌀 Help your dog develop stability on uneven surfaces that will help the transition to the water
🌀 How to avoid repetitive use injuries common in the sport of Stand Up Paddle-boarding by using proper bio-mechanics
🌀 How to introduce your dog to the water and how to keep it safe and fun for everyone
🌀 Video instruction on common mistakes and how to look like a pro your first time out (ok, maybe your 2nd!?!?)
Curriculum (7 lessons):
- Equipment instruction
- Exercises for people
- Exercises for dogs
- Biomechanics of the paddle stroke
- Introduction of dogs to the paddle board
- Putting it all together
WHAT LEVEL ARE THE EXERCISES:
This course will have beginner to advanced exercise with most falling in the intermediate to advanced level. This class will focus specifically on the exercises taught, mechanics demonstrated, and techniques explained and the instructor will answer questions about the foundation needed but will not be teaching all the foundation movements (see suggested pre-requisite).
Suggested Pre-requisite behaviors either on cue, using a target or lured:
🌀 Dog is comfortable on balance equipment
🌀 Value for front, rear, and all feet on equipment
🌀 Value for "Go mat!" or some sort of placing activity
🌀 Dog and person know how to swim and enjoy it!
🌀 Right and Left Circles (Spin & Twist)
Possible equipment – substitution will be recommended if you don’t have equipment used in the videos. There are many possible equipment options or you may use something you have laying around your house.
🌀 Rocker board or non slip board – can cause rocking motion w/ towel roll
🌀 2o2o board/travel plank or aerobic bench
🌀 K9FITbones, large discs, donut holders
🌀 Paddle board, paddle, lifevests for people and dogs, board leashes
🌀 Bath mat or the equilivant (yoga mat, towel)
Disclaimer: The information in this class may over lap or appear in other classes due to the foundation needed for many behaviors, tricks and fitness exercises. Also, there are inherent risks to the sport of Stand Up Paddleboarding. The instructor, Jennifer Hill, Bobbie Lyons and Pawsitive Performance will not be liable for any injury that may occur due to participation in this class.
Jennifer Hill received her Master's of Science in Physical Therapy (MSPT) from the University of Colorado in 2000. She remains a licensed physical therapist in the "human realm". She has since specialized and has become the first physical therapist in Montana who has her certification in Canine Rehabilitation. This specialization was completed in 2004 at the University of Tennessee, which is the nation's only university based Canine Rehabilitation Certification. This training along with her physical therapy education and experience has provided a solid foundation and unique understanding of the challenges faced by our four legged companions.