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.