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 Your Instructor


Kathy Childers

Dog Sport Fitness Program Director

Kathy's Credentials

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

Student Enrollment

Virtual equivalent to in-person group classes. Submit videos of your homework assignments and work directly with an online instructor.


  • Full access to all course materials
  • Full access to Student FB Group
  • Submit homework and videos
  • Detailed review from instructor


Student sessions starts on June 8th

Auditor Enrollment

Enhanced option with the ability to have one video reviewed and post to the general FB group without the pressure of submitting weekly homework or videos.


  • Full access to all course materials
  • May submit 1 video to instructor to review
  • Full access to General FB Group
  • May ask instructor questions


Rolling Enrollment

Watcher Enrollment

Basic access to course materials, this is the most flexible option where you can go through the material at your own pace, when it works best for you.


  • Full access to all course materials
  • Full access to General FB Group
  • May order video reviews for an additional fee


Rolling Enrollment