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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. Please see the top expert reviewer bios at the back of Kyra's Canine Conditioning book.
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