Paws Up Fitness™ is a combination weight management and fitness program designed to be an integral part of a veterinarian managed health program for dogs. Designed by a team of Canine Rehabilitation Practitioners , and rehab-trained veterinarians, Paws Up Fitness offers three levels of classes for a safe, effective means to reach and maintain weight and fitness goals.
Pawsitive Moves™ – For pets who are carrying excess weight; are “couch potatoes” with a low overall fitness level, and healthy senior pets, to help maintain fitness and mobility. Also beneficial to older puppies for fitness foundation. Exercises are no/low impact to protect joints. Emphasis is placed on importance of veterinary diet recommendations. The classes feature both an educational and exercise component. The dogs have girth measurements taken at the first and last class, so that progress can be measured.
Pawsercise™ – This class is geared for the average pet and owner. The class will run like a circuit training class for humans, with a combination of aerobic and strength training stations. Equipment, such as steps/ramps, Bosu balls/peanut balls, wobble board and cavaletti rails will be used. The pets must have an average fitness level (be able to leash walk 20-30 min without difficulty) and no injuries/lameness issues in order to participate.
Pro Paws™ – This class is geared towards owners of working/sporting dogs. Being a more advanced level of fitness class, the focus is primarily of proprioception and core strengthening exercises. It works well as a “cross-training” program, or during the “off season” of the sport. It is also of benefit dogs being shown in conformation, for more symmetrical gaiting and a better topline. The classes would use equipment such as peanut balls, balance discs/pods, wobble boards and cavalettis.