This class is all about warm up, cool down and flexibility exercises.
There will be discussion threads to ask questions and post video for review. Everyone is a participant. Each class is broken into sections with several lectures within each section. You can post ONE short 3 min video per section for instructional review.
Each section will post to the site every 7 days. Class begins on 5/15 and there are 8 sections/weeks of material. 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 in-depth what could be included in your warm up, cool down and flexibility routines. Warm muscles perform better than cold muscles and with a decreased chance of injury.
Warm ups for agility will be the focus, but we will also discuss movements that are beneficial for the physical challenges of other sports.
Why take this class:
🌀 20 behaviors to choose from for your warm up routine
🌀 Learn why you should warm up, cool down and improve flexibility
🌀 Learn when and how to add active and passive stretching to your routine
🌀 Learn about resting heart rate and respiratory rate and why they are important
🌀 15+ behaviors to choose from for active range of motion/flexibility
Proper warm up movements - over 20 behaviors
Cool downs - learn cool down strategies
Active stretches - over 15 behaviors
What level are the exercises - This course will have beginner through more advanced exercises.
Suggested Pre-requisite - A basic understanding of clicker training and the following behaviors either on verbal or hand signal cue, using a target or lured:
- Nose touch and/or nose touch hold
- Chin rest
- Go to mat/target
- Wrap a cone
- 2o2o board/travel plank or aerobic bench
- Target Stick
- Feed pan or bowl
These skills will be taught on the flat (ground) without fitness equipment or balance props. Although I may occasionally use common household items to help obtain the desired positions, they are not necessary, but may be helpful. If you don't have the equipment set up shown in my videos, look for substitutions and ask in the comment section for suggestions
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 in the video tutorials, in the forum and through video review but every tiny step will not be demonstrated in the instructional video.
Disclaimer: The information in this class may overlap or appear in other classes due to the foundation needed for many behaviors, tricks and fitness exercises
Danielle's journey to becoming a canine fitness coach began when her agility dog suffered a shoulder injury. The injury was not easily diagnosed and took over a year to confirm. During that time Danielle set out to learn as much as she could about canine body conditioning and injury prevention. The education, knowledge and training she acquired helped her dog return to an active lifestyle. She took every online class, seminar and workshop she could. One of her most invaluable resources has been everything she has learned from her friend and mentor Bobbie Lyons, CCFT, KP CTP, a pioneer in canine fitness. Danielle completed the University of Tennessee Certified Canine Fitness Trainer program earning a "CCFT" certification, as well as the FitPAWS Master Trainer "FP-MT" credential. Danielle is also a member of the Bobbie Lyons, Pawsitive Performance K9FITteam.
As a lifelong horsewoman Danielle came to realize that there was a lot more consciousness in the way people conditioned and trained their horses for their given discipline, whether they were a sport horse or just a good ol' trail horse. In the horse world conditioning is a regular part of the day to day training, but with dogs there seems to be a lack of awareness in the benefits a fitness and conditioning program can provide for both performance dogs and pet dogs.
Danielle regularly teaches in Bobbie Lyons Canine Campus and trains with Bobbie several times a year, as well as assists her with various workshops each year. Danielle's videos and photographs have been featured in many of Bobbie's online classes and articles, including articles published by Clean Run Magazine.
Danielle also offers private lessons, group classes, and workshops in the Southern California area and beyond. Her goal is share the benefits of canine fitness with dog owners to help reduce the chances of injuries and improve performance.