Bobbie has been training and competing in agility with her dogs for over 12 years. She has been teaching private lessons, online classes and workshops educating others on how to properly improve body awareness and strength in their K9 Athlete to prepare for and improve performance.
Bobbie got started in K9 Fitness because she has a dog with a rotated pelvis that prevents him from fully extending his hind legs when jumping in agility. This structural issue put more stress on his shoulders, spine and pelvis which lends to injury. Because of this issue, Bobbie made it a priority to obtain the knowledge and skill necessary to keep him more comfortable, flexible and stronger so that he could enjoy the sport of agility without pain or discomfort. What she realized along the way was that Force was not aware of his feet and how to properly distribute his weight, nor did he have the core strength needed to support his poorly aligned pelvis.
Bobbie researched every book, video and class that she could find on massage, gait analysis, acupressure, canine rehabilitation and canine sports fitness. She made appointments, quizzed and gained relationships with rehabilitation veterinarians, osteopaths, chiropractors and canine physical therapists. She immediately started implementing exercises suggested by these professionals not just for her structurally challenged dog but her healthy dogs too.
After seeing the benefits of improved core strengthen, body awareness, and flexibility training in her own dogs, Bobbie taught her first class on Canine Conditioning in 2006. Teaching and working with dogs over the past nine years has given her the experience needed to develop a well-rounded program that anyone can do with a healthy dog. After several years of teaching, Bobbie was able to show her program to Dr. Bianca Shaw of Back on Track Veterinary Rehabilitation Center. (The leading Rehab Vet in the Portland Metro Area) Bobbie now teaches private lessons within Dr. Shaw's clinic.
In 2015, Bobbie contributed knowledge and experience to help design the FitPAWS® Master Trainer™ Program and became a FitPAWS Master Trainer "Instructor". Bobbie will be one of the instructors available to teach the FitPAWS Master Trainer Program when it is offered.
Bobbie has completed the certification program for Canine Fitness through the Companion Animal Sciences Institute. She regularly shadows the rehabilitation staff at Oregon State University Veterinary Hospital in Corvallis Oregon. In 2014 Bobbie attended the International Symposium on Veterinary Rehabilitation/Physical Therapy and Sports Medicine. In August 2014, she visited Veterinary Orthopedics and Sports Medicine Group (VOSM) and shadowed Doctors Sherman and Debra Canapp during diagnostic ultrasounds, gait analysis, TPLO surgery, initial and follow up exams and rehabilitation appointments. Bobbie will be headed back to VOSM in July of 2015. Bobbie is always looking for ways to better help her clients, further her knowledge and foster referrals to and from veterinarians. She is black belt in taekwondo and I come from a body building background.
Bobbie works with The Joys of Living Assistance dogs, starting puppies at 8 weeks of age and working with them until 2 years old to lay the foundation work for proper movement and muscle engagement for any task asked of them. The program for each dog is adjusted depending on what will be expected of the dog.
Bobbie’s Canine Conditioning workshops and classes are held all over the northwest and across the county. She started teaching in the Daisy Peel Classroom in January of 2012. Bobbie also has co-taught injury prevention and rehabilitation classes with Dr Debbie Gross of Wizard of Paws. Bobbie's classes fill mostly by referral. Please see the testimonial tab for student and colleague references. She is also a black belt in taekwondo and comes from a body building background.