Fit for Life: Building a Strong Foundation

Fitness is important for your dog’s health, and doing fitness exercises with your dog is fun and enriching for both of you! In this Session, Lori will introduce foundation exercises for including canine fitness in your dog’s life. These exercises increase muscle strength and improve performance, confidence, flexibility, focus, body awareness, and balance.

This Session will focus on getting foundation behaviors for fitness and learning how to observe posture and encourage proper alignment. You will also learn how to introduce canine fitness equipment and how to progress through the exercises safely. Dogs exude joy when canine fitness is taught in an empowering, enriching, safe, and reinforcing environment.

You will learn how to help your dog find that joy and acquire the skills needed to reap the benefits of canine fitness.

Lori Stevens

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

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 has an established companion animal practice in Seattle, WA. She also teaches workshops and presents at conferences worldwide. Lori 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, and massage for Fenzi Dog Sports Academy. She is the creator of the Balance Harness by Blue-9 Pet Products.