AKC Fit Dog Level 1
Prerequisite - Canine Good Citizen (CGC) Certification
The Truckee Meadows Dog Training Club AKC Fit Dog classes are designed to develop strength, flexibility, coordination, body awareness, confidence, and endurance in your dog. For you, the handler, the class will help apply attention, hand signals, and connection with your dog. All these skills are required to be successful in any dog sport and in conformation. Even if you don’t plan to work your dog in a specific discipline, every dog needs to be fit to enjoy a long, happy life with you. If your goal is to have some safe fun with your dog, a Fit Dog class fits the bill.
So, what do you do in an AKC Fit Dog class? You and your dog work with specific equipment such as adjustable platforms, balance pads, target bins, and Cavaletti poles. The equipment provides space parameters and balance challenges to ensure that the exercises are performed safely with proper form. The final class is a Group Fit Dog Walk that can be modified in distance for the individual dog and handler.
Classes are conducted with dogs on a six-foot leash. All dogs must have their AKC Canine Good Citizen (CGC) Certification or instructor approval to make sure that they are able to work around other dogs and handlers. Dogs who are injured, obese, in pain, or structurally limited in a way that would prevent them from safely performing the exercises should not take the class. Since the equipment can be adjusted, dogs of all sizes and abilities are welcome to join the fun.