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Fitness & Movement Behaviors for Life & Sports

May 25

10:00 pm PT


Fitness is important for your dog’s health, and training fitness exercises with your dog is enriching for both dog and handler. Foundation fitness behaviors or exercises apply to more than fitness and are relatively easy to master. The exercises used in fitness increase muscle strength and improve performance, confidence, flexibility, focus, body awareness, and balance. In this presentation, a subset of foundation fitness behaviors will be shown along with how to observe and encourage proper alignment and movement. I will also show you how to set up the environment so it’s safe and inviting for fitness training. When canine fitness is taught in an empowering, enriching, safe, and reinforcing environment, dogs are engaged and appear to exude joy. In addition, following the guidelines shown in this presentation and after training these exercises over a period of weeks, many dogs navigate their environments with more confidence.


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Lori Stevens (CPDT-KA, SAMP, CCFT, CPBC) is a Certified Professional Dog Trainer, a certified Small Animal Massage Practitioner; a Certified Canine Fitness Trainer, and a Certified Parrot Behavior Consultant. She is also a Senior Tellington TTouch® practitioner for dogs, cats, and other animals.

Lori uses humane and scientific methods to improve the health, behavior, and performance of animals. Her experience is holistic and incorporates respect for animals as teachers. She continually studies the interactions between animal behavior, movement, learning, and health, and this is reflected in her innovative approach. Lori teaches workshops and presents at conferences worldwide. She has three DVDs produced by Tawzer Dog Videos. The most recent of her DVDs is called Gift of a Gray Muzzle: Active Care for Senior Dogs and is co-presented with Kathy Sdao.

Lori teaches online classes on canine fitness, aging dogs, foundation behaviors, and massage for Fenzi Dog Sports Academy. Lori is the creator of the Balance Harness® by Blue-9 Pet Products. See for more information.