Agility Gym

Trainer: leslie
Duration: 8 weeks between 01-12-2020 and 31-01-2021
Launch: Currently Running

Course Details

Agility Gym

A 6 Week Class

Learn a complete work out each week from the foundation through multiple progressions. Each work out will be specifically aimed towards an agility skill like jumping, weaving, or stopped contacts. Other work outs will be aimed at specific muscle groups including the Iliopsoas and other core muscles.

Each work out will include a warm-up and a main set to work on. At least 2 levels of each exercise will be presented and Dr. Leslie will help you determine which level is appropriate for your dog.

Discussion can include planning work outs for the entire year based on your agility schedule and use of marker signals to improve your dog’s fitness.

Video of the entire work out will be posted with explanation and discussion of proper posture. Then separate video will show the foundation movements needed for the work out and progressions.

Self Guided Study!

Unlimited Auditors

Posts will be checked at least once a day, unless otherwise noted on the General Forum.

Fitness equipment is recommended. Most exercises can be done in a small space, but some will require room for the dog to get up to full speed running (20-30 feet). 

About leslie

Doctor of Veterinary Medicine practice limited to Sports Medicine and Rehabilitation. I graduated from Colorado State University in 2006 and completed my Canine Rehabilitation Therapist certificate in 2012. I built the Rehabilitation department at Animal Surgical Clinic of Seattle until it became Sound Veterinary Rehabiliation Center. I am completing a residency to become board certified in sports medicine and rehabilitation. Currently I own and opperate The Total Canine, a veterinary sports medicine and fitness business both online and in person. 

Seasoned agility competitor for the past 15 years with multiple dogs competing at a national level.

My interest in sports medicine comes from years of competitive swimming and injuries of my own. I understand competing at a high level while still taking care of the body even as it is pushed to the brink of its capabilities. 

I currently run 2-4 dogs in agility. My Border Collie Stig competed at the AKC European Open Tryouts and AKC NAC 2018. Stig and my Australian Shepherd, Ghost both competed at the UKI US Open 2018 with Ghost finishing 9th in Speedstakes in the 20" class and Stig finishing 7th in the Games Challenge in the 24" class. In 2019, Stig finished 3rd in Speedstakes in the 22" class at the UKI US Open and Ghost finished 8th in the competitive 20" Speedstakes class. Two years in a row, Ghost was the top non-border collie in the Speedstakes class. Watson and Finnick are my young up and coming Border Collies.

I have previously competed in Flyball, Obedience, Rally, Herding and Disc Dog. 

Stig

Born in 20ll, Stig is male Border Collie. Stig is my inspiration for most of my online fitness courses as he really was the dog that taught me fitness plays a huge role in agility. Stig has competed at AKC National Agility Championships, AKC EO Tryouts in 2017, and UKI US Open in 2018 and 2019. In 2019, at 8 years old, he placed 3rd in Speedstakes 22" at the US Open.

Ghost

Ghost is an Australian Shepherd born in 2013. She is my primary agility dog and the keeper of my heart. She has competed at EO Tryouts in 2019 and the UKI US Open in 2018 and 2019. She had top 10 finishes both years. She placed 2nd at the Pacific Northwest Regional Grand Prix 20" in 2019. She is currently qualified to compete at AKC National Agility Championships in 2021, as well as AKC EO Tryouts and AKC World Team Tryouts in 2021. 

Watson

Watson is a 2018 Border Collie model from Japan. I fell in love with his mother at the 2017 USDAA Cynosports where she won the Grand Prix. He is the perfect blend of a wonderful family dog and a crazy agility competitor. 

Finnick

Finnick is a Border Collie imported from the UK in 2019. He is showing amazing talent and promise on the agility field. 

Course Classes

Agility Gym Instructions and Dictionary - (Closed)

Please familiarize yourself with the Instruction File and the Fit Form™ Dictionary Videos. You will find these on the Course Home Page towards the bottom (keep scolling down - you will see them).

General Forum - (Closed)

Please check the General Forum regularly for announcements and discussion. While this is a self guided tutorial, I will check in regularly to the General Forum to help answer questions. Make this YOUR class - you should feel free to help each other out and post videos of you trying the workouts with your dogs.

There is an Equipment Thread for all students to comment suggestions they have for using different objects in place of store bought fitness equipment.

Auditors Can Post Questions and Comments on the General Forum - (Closed)

Calling all auditors!!!

You are welcome to post questions or comment in the General Forum. There are quite a lot of good threads are there, so please join in.

Week 1: Core To The Max - (Closed)

Core to the Max

          Warm-up: Trotting Poles, Figure 8's, Down to Stand

          Work Out: 

          Foundations: Down to Stand, Bridge on Fitbones, Paw Pod Targeting

          Progressions: Down to Stand on an Incline/Decline, Bridge on Donuts or Peanuts, Paw Pod Targeting on

                     Equipment

          Combinations --> Stand on an Incline/Decline with Individual Paw Targeting, Bridge on Donuts/Peanuts with

                     Individual Paw Targeting, Down to Stand on Paw Pods, Fitbones, Donuts, or Peanuts.

Week 2: Jumping Blast Off! - (Closed)

Jumping Take Off

          Warm-up: Figure 8's, Rock Back Sit to Push Forward Stand, Hind Limb Pivots

          Work Out

          Foundations: Hops, Squats, Step Ups

          Progressions: Hops on Equipment; Power Ups, Pylometrics

Week 3: Weave Wonders - (Closed)

Weaves

          Warm-up: Trotting Rails, Figure 8's, Front Limb Pivots

          Work Out:

          Foundations: Circles; Tic Tac Toe; Play Bows

          Progressions: Front Limb Pivots; Push Ups; Step Down

          Bonus Exercise: Accel/Decel

Week 4: Iliowhatsit - (Closed)

Iliopsoas

          Warm-up: Trotting Rails; Figure 8's; Cookie Stretch; 

          Work Out

          Foundations: Rear Paw Target, Bridge, Individual Rear Paw Target Steps

          Progressions: Rainbow, Mountain Climbers, Hiccup

          Bonus: Diagonal Stand

Week 5: Landing Lunatics - (Closed)

          Warm-up: Walking Backwards, Figure 8's, Down ---> Stand

          Work Out:

          Foundations: Rear Paw Target; Front Limb Pivots; Rock Back Sit

          Progressions: Landing Bobs with Pivots; Advanced Step Downs

Week 6: 3..2..1..Contact - (Closed)

          Warm-up: Trotting Poles, Sit to Stand, Play Bow Push-Ups

          Work Out: 

          Foundations: Crawl, Rear Paw Target, Push-Ups

          Progressions: Shuttle Runs/Acceleration-Deceleration, Advanced Step Downs, Advanced Landing Hops