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Canine Conditioning Fitness is practiced in pursuit of peak performance, injury prevention, coordination, flexibility, and rehabilitation.
Earn your Canine Conditioning Fitness title and medal by demonstrating mastery of skills for a certified Canine Conditioning Fitness Coach (CCFC). Skills are explained in Kyra’s Canine Conditioning book. Dog will be evaluated that he understands the exercise, actively participates, challenges himself, and improves. Video submissions accepted. Four title levels to achieve.
Successfully demonstrate your dog's exercises for a Certified Canine Conditioning Fitness Coach.
or by mail, fax, or email.
Approved and Vetted Fitness Techniques
Although this Canine Conditioning and Fitness program has been extensively researched and reviewed by a panel of experts in the field, we recognize that any physical endeavor comes with risk. Please evaluate each dog and exercise before attempting a skill, and, if necessary, consult with your veterinarian or other expert.
Cindy Otto, DVM, PhD, DACVECC, DACVSMR
As director of the Penn Vet Working Dog Center, one of Dr. Otto's major areas of research and practice is fitness, conditioning, and physical rehabilitation of working and sporting dogs. The PVWDC is a pioneer in the working dog field whose goal it is to increase collaborative research and the application of the newest scientific findings and veterinary expertise to optimize the performance of lifesaving detection dogs.
Meghan Ramos, VMD
Dr. Ramos is a veterinarian and research fellow at the Penn Vet Working Dog Center for performance and working dogs. She began her master's degree in translational medicine through the University of Pennsylvania and will pursue a residency in Canine Sports Medicine and Rehabilitation.
Regina R. Allen, DVM
With a background as a veterinarian in small animal practice, Dr. Allen works as an adjunct professor at Laurel Highlands Community College and instructs on competition dog sports.
Substitutions for an Exercise
If a particular skill is unfeasible, the coach may specify a substitution at their discretion. An exercise may be considered unfeasible if:
- The exercise is not well suited for the breed
- The exercise is unsafe because of a dog's health issues
- You do not have access to the required equipment
Some sample substitutions include:
- Treadmill: running, jogging
- Hydrotherapy: swimming (can be in shallow water), walking/jogging on sand
- Barrel Roll: line up blocks for the dog to balance on, and have them move carefully from one block to the next
- Handstand: slant board can be on just a slight incline, it does not have to be vertical
- Fit Bones: may substitute for throw pillows
- Scootering: for small dogs, can substitute for weight pull with a small object
- Weight Pull: can substitute for dog carrying a weighted backpack with weight evenly distributed on each side