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What is FitPaws?

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FitPaws is a curriculum designed specifically for your pooch. This is perfect if you want your pup to build confidence, alleviate your companion’s boredom, help your performance dog achieve better scores, or provide your senior pooch with higher quality of life.

The FitPaws program will introduce you to the 5 aspects of Canine Total Health, which includes:

  • Mental
  • Balance
  • Strength
  • Cardio
  • Flexibility

FitPaws conditioning exercises in this course provide an overall body workout that will help strengthen your pooch’s muscles so they stay healthy and fit! It also helps with behavior modification and (most importantly) helps you build a stronger bond between you and your faithful companion.

All FitPaws classes use conditioning steps to properly introduce and train your dog on FitPaws equipment. This way, your dog gains “brain memory” that helps them completely master their body. Benefits include:

  • Stabilization of weak areas.
  • Improved body awareness and balance.
  • Improved reaction and control.
  • Increased range of motion in joints, and elongation of muscles.
  • Increased trunk and core strength.

Each class prepares you and your pooch to progress to the next level, with the goal of achieving your dog’s unique maximum performance. All FitPaws dogs become champions! You’ll be amazed at how focused, attentive, and well-behaved your pooch becomes.

All FitPaws Levels are taught as one group class on Saturdays at 3:15pm by David Cabezas. The class is a rolling class meaning you can join anytime. Please understand that classes with less than 3 students may not run for the full hour.

Proof of vaccinations and a clear fecal exam are required to take part in any classes or programs (Proud Pooch). Proof of vaccinations must be received prior to the first day of class. We require:

  • Bordetella
  • Rabies
  • Distemper
  • Clear fecal exam every 6 months

Intro to FitPaws – (Pre-Level 1)

In Pre-Level 1, you and your pooch will get an introduction to cues that will enable you to guide them toward having strong control on the equipment. In this course, only two pieces of equipment are introduced. Cues taught include: nose touch, proper tuck sit, proper down, and stand.

Cost: $175

Class Start Dates, Instructor and Times (6 weeks):

SATURDAY:
Saturday @ 3:15pm
Instructor: David Cabezas
3:15pm – 4:15pm

FitPaws SUPER DOG – Level 1

In this class, you and your pooch will master the basic cues that were taught in Pre-Level 1, and you will be introduced to four new pieces of FitPaws equipment! New cues taught include: Sit to Stand, Release (OK). All other cues are reinforced.

A “Behavior Cues and Body Test” is administered to confirmed readiness for the next level.

Cost: $175

Class Start Dates, Instructor and Times (6 weeks):

SATURDAY:
Saturday @ 3:15pm
Instructor: David Cabezas
3:15pm – 4:15pm

FitPaws BOW WOW CHALLENGE – Level 2

This class targets front and hind legs using FitPaws equipment. Your pooch will gain awareness of their hind legs, and be learn how to back up into something without looking behind them or being startled. New cues taught include: Bow, Walk Backwards, while all previous cues are reinforced. Dogs are also introduced to the treadmill, and taught proper gaits for walking and jogging.

Cost: $175

Class Start Dates, Instructor and Times (6 weeks):

SATURDAY:
Saturday @ 3:15pm
Instructor: David Cabezas
3:15pm – 4:15pm

A “Behavior Cues and Body Test” is administered to confirmed readiness for the next level.

FitPaws YIPPY SKIPPY CHALLENGE Level 3

This class targets hind legs individually using FitPaws equipment. New cues taught include: Sit Pretty, Lateral Walking (left to right), while all previous cues are reinforced. We also teach your pooch how to walk backward on the treadmill and balance on all four legs using a FitPaws Peanut Balance Tool.

Cost: $175

Class Start Dates, Instructor and Times (6 weeks):

SATURDAY:
Saturday @ 3:15pm
Instructor: David Cabezas
3:15pm – 4:15pm

A “Behavior Cues and Body Test” is administered to confirmed readiness for the next level.

FitPaws Master – Level 4

In this final level, pooches are challenged to showcase their skills on all the FitPaws equipment, and display their improvement in the five aspects Canine Total Health (mental, balance, strength, cardio, and flexibility). New cues taught include: front and back leg lift, cookie stretch. All previous cues are reinforced.

A “Behavior Cues and Body Test” is administered to confirm that your pooch has achieved the ultimate status of FitPaw Master!

All dogs who reach this level are awarded a snazzy trophy and bragging rights in our facility (and on social media)!

SATURDAY:
Saturday @ 3:15pm
Instructor: David Cabezas
3:15pm – 4:15pm

FitPaws SENIOR – Level 1

Our senior dogs tend to lose muscle mass in their hind ends. In this 6-week class, we will help your senior pooch regain some of the strength and mass lost over the years by incorporating consistent workouts on low-impact FitPaws equipment.

Cost: $175

Class Start Dates, Instructor and Times (6 weeks):

SATURDAY:
Saturday @ 3:15pm
Instructor: David Cabezas
3:15pm – 4:15pm

FitPaws SENIOR – Level 2

Building upon the exercises covered in Level 1, our trainers will help your senior pooch advance to more challenging equipment and build on the five aspects of Canine Total Health (Mental, Balance, Strength, Cardio, and Flexibility). Your pooch will enjoy getting back to Champion statues and feeling young again!

SATURDAY:
Saturday @ 3:15pm
Instructor: David Cabezas
3:15pm – 4:15pm