Beginning Canine Conditioning

Beginning Canine Conditioning

Beginning Canine Conditioning is a six-week canine conditioning course that will focus on strength, balance, body awareness, flexibility, and new skills for canine fitness.

Course Details

For six weeks, you will receive a complete workout every week, and a bonus lesson on using cavaletti’s for conditioning.  The course is appropriate for adult dogs new to a conditioning program, or returning to a conditioning program after being less active. 

The course will start out with basic exercises, and progress to more challenging exercises over the six weeks.  All participating dogs should be in good health, free from injury, or cleared by their veterinarian if they have had an injury. 

The course is for adult dogs who have finished growing. 


  • An understanding of a marker/reward system.
  •  The Canine Conditioning Foundations course, or the participants acknowledgement their dog knows the ten foundational skills of static stand, tuck sit, kickback stand, folding down, down to stand, nose target, give a paw, front foot target, independent back up and side step.  The foundational skills will be used in the Beginning Canine Conditioning class but will not be covered specifically.

What You Need For This Course:

  • Treat pouch, or pockets
  • Small soft treats
  • FitPaws pad, or similar pad or cushion
  • Small inflatable disc such as a FitPaws disc
  • Inflatable wedge, or similar object
  • FitPaws FitBone, or similar balance object
  • Small step stool or platform in a size on which your dog can perform a tuck sit
Optional equipment
  • 6-12 Cavaletti
  • Two targets, or mats

Course Outline

  • Introductory lesson on how the program will work, equipment, safety, and signs of fatigue

  • How to track your dog’s progress

  • Warm ups and Cool downs

  • Six different, complete workouts that include exercises for strength, balance, flexibility, and body awareness; a different workout each week

  • Cavaletti Bonus – How to set up and use cavaletti as part of your dog’s conditioning program

Meet Kathy Childers

Kathy Childers

Dog Sport Fitness Program Director

FitPaws Master Trainer

Certified Canine Fitness Instructor

AKC Star Puppy and CGC Evaluator

Associate Trick Dog Instructor

Scent Work and Rally Competitor

Dock Diving Support for Team Ruger
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Student Enrollment

Intensive learning experience

Full access to all course materials

Full access to course forum

Submit homework and videos

Detailed review from instructor


Auditor Enrollment

Perfect intermediary

Full access to all course materials

Full access to general forum

May view homework forum

May ask instructor questions


Watcher Enrollment

Self-taught option

Full access to all course materials

May view general forum

May view homework forum

May not post or ask questions