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Proprioception Workshop

Join one of our workshops or Proprioception & Fitness classes, private hire a workshop for your dog club or group of friends or learn about proprioception more in-depth by attending our two-day Proprioception For Professionals Course.

At Cardiff Canine Citizens we pride ourselves in being at the forefront of any new canine related activities. We have a selection of Proprioception Workshops & Courses for you to choose from!

PROPRIOCEPTION AND CANINE FITNESS

### New vlog: proprioception and canine fitness###Featuring:- a long snowy drive- a baby playing with inappropriate toys- awesome proprioception and fitness workouts – Ella doing the hardness wobble board ever – a tired baby – a long ride home! Oh my dog! Thanks so Cardiff Canine Citizens (Caroline) and to @sarah Robinson. We had an absolute blast and couldn’t believe how much the dogs have changed and progressed since last time. Totes recommend her workshops especially for those wanting to work on focus, condition and pace.Amazing day out and tired even our playful pooches out a treat!

Posted by The School of Canine Science on Thursday, 22 March 2018

Proprioception Workshop

What is Proprioception?

Proprioception is the new ‘buzz’ word in the dog training world. Proprioception by definition is perception or awareness of the position and movement of the body.

What is a Proprioception Workshop?

For several years we have injected proprioception exercises and equipment into our puppy, adult and reactive dog classes with amazing results. The results were so fantastic that we now want to give other dogs and their owners the opportunity to benefit from our experience and expertise.

Unlike other canine workshops where you may only actually work your dog for a small amount of time, our workshops are very different!

You and your dog shall be working for the full duration of the workshop so you get the maximum benefit from your time with us, although there will a short comfort break at half time. This can be mentally and physically tiring for dogs and their handlers. For this reason, when we host our own workshops we allow handlers to work two of their own dogs individually for no extra charge!

Our Proprioception Workshops are great fun for both dogs and owners.
In this workshop you and your dog will be using a vast selection of equipment, some purpose made for canine fitness and some for human fitness with added safety adaptations to keep our dogs safe. Each dog will have a station made up of a selection of equipment which they will be working on for approximately 5 minutes before moving onto the next station. This is how the first hour of the workshop is spent. We then have a short comfort break, with complimentary refreshments, whilst the equipment is being set up in more advanced configurations for the second half of the workshop.

Who is the Instructor?

Caroline Cowan BSc and a Fitpaws Master Trainer. I am also completing a course at present to become a certified Canine Fitness Trainer. I have attended and will be attending future courses and seminars on structure, conformation, proprioception and fitness.

What are the benefits?

There are numerous benefits associated with proprioception training, both physiological and psychological.

By implementing proprioception training we influence different things:

  • coordination
  • balance
  • muscle strength
  • proprioception
  • stamina/endurance- self-confidence
  • improved trust/bond with person
  • concentration

Who is this workshop suitable for?

  • Dogs should be physically fit and not have any mobility or physical conditions or injuries to take part in this workshop.
  • This workshop is only for non-reactive dogs. We do organise these workshops for reactive dogs who have previously attended out Prickly Pooches course but that is advertised on our closed group and not open to other reactive dogs.
  • Adaptions can be made to the equipment for smaller dogs.
  • This workshop may be too intensive for a young puppy or an older dog but we do permit the workshop to be split between two dogs owned and handled by the same person. Please check with us prior to booking.
  • All abilities welcome.

What else do I need to know?

  • Dogs will be on lead for this workshop and at all times within the venue.
  • There will be a maximum of twelve participants.
  • The workshop will predominantly be held in the training barn although, weather permitting we may use some of the outside space also.
  • If the weather is wet please bring a towel to dry your dog’s feet prior to using the equipment.
  • If you could ensure that your dog’s nails are trimmed and not overgrown as to help prevent damaging the inflatable equipment and impeding the dog whilst using the equipment.
  • Ideally dogs need to have an understanding of step up/on, sit, down, stay, off and heel before joining this course but this isn’t essential.
  • Knowledge of clicker training would be advantageous.
  • Any dog waste must be cleaned up thoroughly and deposited in the receptacle provided and NOT in the venue bins.
  • The cost of a two-hour workshop is £35 with a maximum of two dogs handled individually with the same handler.

What is included?

There will be refreshments provided upon arrival and at the break.
There will be two Instructors for this workshop and minimal down time (unless needed!).

Next Workshops

Saturday 20th October 2018 | 11.00am-1.00pm | Willows High School

Private Hire Proprioception Workshop

What is Proprioception?

Proprioception is the new ‘buzz’ word in the dog training world. Proprioception by definition is perception or awareness of the position and movement of the body.

What is a Proprioception Workshop?

For several years we have injected proprioception exercises and equipment into our puppy, adult and reactive dog classes with amazing results. The results were so fantastic that we now want to give other dogs and their owners the opportunity to benefit from our experience and expertise.

Unlike other canine workshops where you may only actually work your dog for a small amount of time, our workshops are very different!

You and your dog shall be working for the full duration of the workshop so you get the maximum benefit from your time with us, although there will a short comfort break at half time. This can be mentally and physically tiring for dogs and their handlers.

Our Proprioception Workshops are great fun for both dogs and owners.
In this workshop you and your dog will be using a vast selection of equipment, some purpose made for canine fitness and some for human fitness with added safety adaptations to keep our dogs safe. Each dog will have a station made up of a selection of equipment which they will be working on for approximately 5 minutes before moving onto the next station. This is how the first hour of the workshop is spent. We then have a short comfort break, with complimentary refreshments, whilst the equipment is being set up in more advanced configurations for the second half of the workshop.

Who is the Instructor?

Caroline Cowan BSc and a Fitpaws Master Trainer. I am also completing a course at present to become a certified Canine Fitness Trainer. I have attended and will be attending future courses and seminars on structure, conformation, proprioception and fitness.

What are the benefits?

There are numerous benefits associated with proprioception training, both physiological and psychological.

By implementing proprioception training we influence different things:

  • coordination
  • balance
  • muscle strength
  • proprioception
  • stamina/endurance
  • self-confidence
  • improved trust/bond with person
  • concentration

Who is this workshop suitable for?

  • Dogs should be physically fit and not have any mobility or physical conditions or injuries to take part in this workshop.
  • This workshop is only for non-reactive dogs. We do organise these workshops for reactive dogs who have previously attended out Prickly Pooches course but that is advertised on our closed group and not open to other reactive dogs.
  • Adaptions can be made to the equipment for smaller dogs.
  • This workshop may be too intensive for a young puppy or a very old dog.

What else do I need to know?

  • Dogs will be on lead for this workshop and at all times within the venue.
  • There will be a maximum of fourteen (twelve is the ideal number) participants.
  • The workshop will predominantly be held in the training barn although, weather permitting we may use some of the outside space also.
  • If the weather is wet please bring a towel to dry your dog’s feet prior to using the equipment.
  • If you could ensure that your dog’s nails are trimmed and not overgrown as to help prevent damaging the inflatable equipment and impeding the dog whilst using the equipment.
  • Ideally dogs need to have an understanding of step up/on, sit, down, stay, off and heel before joining this course but this isn’t essential.
  • Knowledge of clicker training would be advantageous.
  • Any dog waste must be cleaned up thoroughly and deposited in the receptacle provided and NOT in the venue bins.
  • Great for team building with a group of friends or as a thank you for members of your dog club!
  • The cost of a two-hour workshop is £350.  If you book three workshops to run on the same day we would discount a further £50 making the total cost of three workshops for 36 handlers only £1000. If the dogs are compatible we could have a maximum of 14 dogs and handlers in each workshop with slightly shorter stations, for the same cost.

What is included?

There will be refreshments provided upon arrival and at the break.
There will be two Instructors for this workshop and minimal down time (unless needed!).

We also offer private hire workshops where you host us at your venue. There would also be a mileage charge and we may need accommodation for the night before if a one-day workshop or the day before day and the night of the first day, if a two-day workshop, please contact us for details of our packages.

Proprioception For Professionals Course

Our two-day Proprioception for Professionals Course is aimed at trainers, sports enthusiasts, pet dog owners, breeders, canine health professionals, committed owners and anyone whom wants the very best for the dogs in their care and who would like to learn more about Proprioception. It isn’t as simple as just buying the equipment!

As a trainer– You may be struggling with ideas for your classes and looking for way to improve your classes. This course will provide you with that and give you plenty of fresh new ideas to take back to clients and give your classes a fun fuel injection. This course will help expand your knowledge you will see your classes through fresh new eyes!

As pet owner- This course provides you with the opportunity to work as a team with your dog, learn proprioception and fitness exercises to use at home and identify which equipment would be most beneficial for your own home gym. A definite confidence booster for your pet dog!

As a sports dog owner- Often dog sports are fast and furious but dogs can lack accuracy when participating which can be costly in the competitive world of dog sports! Let us with our vast knowledge and experience assist you in teaching your dog how to use their bodies more effectively, reduce the risk of injury and teach them to ‘go slower to become faster’.

Canine health professionals- Fantastic CPD! If you’re looking to expand your own collection of equipment this workshop will be ideal for you! We have the largest collection of canine fitness and proprioception equipment in the UK. You will be able to evaluate which items of equipment would be valuable for you to add to your own collection to use with your clients. You will also witness dogs of different breeds, ages, sizes and fitness levels and how their handlers translate the theory into practice!

Our behavioural background enables us to help teach clients how to train their dog to offer the desired behaviours using equipment rather than by using manipulation. We have found that when we give dogs choice and when we consider the dogs body and how they are coping with an exercise or if they are unsure that this enables dog to use their muscles in the best way. A dog that is being held or manipulated may be tense and this may not enable the dog to get the optimum benefit from sessions. We have a hands-off approach!

Who is the Instructor?

Caroline Cowan BSc and a Fitpaws Master Trainer. I am also completing a course at present to become a certified Canine Fitness Trainer. I have attended and will be attending future courses and seminars on structure, conformation, proprioception and fitness.

What are the benefits?

There are numerous benefits associated with proprioception training, both physiological and psychological.

By implementing proprioception training we influence different things:

  • coordination
  • balance
  • muscle strength
  • proprioception
  • stamina/endurance
  • self-confidence
  • improved trust/bond with person
  • concentration

Who is this workshop suitable for?

  • Participants don’t need any prior knowledge of proprioception in order to attend, just possess a keen interest in learning.
  • Participants don’t even need to bring a dog!
  • Dogs should be physically fit and not have any mobility or physical conditions or injuries to take part in this workshop.
  • This workshop is only for non-reactive dogs.
  • Adaptions can be made to the equipment for smaller dogs.
  • This workshop may be too intensive for a young puppy or an older dog but we do permit the course to be split between more than one dog.
  • All abilities welcome.

What else do I need to know?

  • Dogs will be on lead for this workshop and at all times within the venue.
  • You will need to bring a crate for you dog to rest in when you are attending the PowerPoint presentations, as the weather may not allow for dogs to be safely left in vehicles.
  • There will be a maximum of twelve participants.
  • The workshop will predominantly be held in the training barn although, weather permitting we may use some of the outside space also.
  • If the weather is wet please bring a towel to dry your dog’s feet prior to using the equipment.
  • If you could ensure that your dog’s nails are trimmed and not overgrown as to help prevent damaging the inflatable equipment and impeding the dog whilst using the equipment.
  • Ideally dogs need to have an understanding of step up/on, sit, down, stay, off and heel before joining this course but this isn’t essential.
  • Knowledge of clicker training would be advantageous.
  • Any dog waste must be cleaned up thoroughly and deposited in the receptacle provided and NOT in the venue bins.
  • Refreshments are provided but you will need to bring your own lunch.
  • The cost of a two-day course is £185 and there is no limit to how many dogs you individually handler throughout the course.

What is included?

There will be refreshments provided upon arrival and at the break.
There will be two Instructors for this workshop and minimal down time (unless needed!).

You will receive a copy of the PowerPoint presentation and a certificate.

Next Course

Time and Date TBC. To be held at Willows High School.

Proprioception & Fitness Course

Would you like to try a range of equipment with your dog and learn how to use equipment correctly? We can show you how to achieve maximum benefit with a few key pieces of equipment, you don’t need a huge doggy gym to get achieve results!

This is very different to the workshops where you come and use the equipment, this course will show you specific exercises, targeting specific body parts. Ideal for sports dogs!

Learn lots of different exercises that you can try at home!

All abilities welcome.

This is a four-week, one hour a week course and the cost is £60.

£60 /dog and owner.

Who is the Instructor?

Caroline Cowan BSc and a Fitpaws Master Trainer. I am also completing a course at present to become a certified Canine Fitness Trainer. I have attended and will be attending future courses and seminars on structure, conformation, proprioception and fitness.

What are the benefits?

There are numerous benefits associated with proprioception training, both physiological and psychological.

By implementing proprioception training we influence different things:

  • coordination
  • balance
  • muscle strength
  • proprioception
  • stamina/endurance
  • self-confidence
  • improved trust/bond with person
  • concentration

Who is this course suitable for?

  • Dogs should be physically fit and not have any mobility or physical conditions or injuries to take part in this workshop.
  • This course is only for non-reactive dogs.
  • Adaptions can be made to the equipment for smaller dogs.
  • This course may be too intensive for a young puppy or an older dog. Please check with up prior to booking.

What else do I need to know?

  • Dogs will be on lead for this workshop and at all times within the venue.
  • There will be a maximum of eight participants.
  • The workshop will predominantly be held in the training barn although, weather permitting we may use some of the outside space also.
  • If the weather is wet please bring a towel to dry your dog’s feet prior to using the equipment.
  • If you could ensure that your dog’s nails are trimmed and not overgrown as to help prevent damaging the inflatable equipment and impeding the dog whilst using the equipment.
  • Ideally dogs need to have an understanding of step up/on, sit, down, stay, off and heel before joining this course but this isn’t essential.
  • Knowledge of clicker training would be advantageous.
  • Any dog waste must be cleaned up thoroughly and deposited in the receptacle provided and NOT in the venue bins.
  • The cost of the one hour a week for four-week course is £60.

Next Courses

  •  Saturday 8th September 2018 |11.00-12.00pm | Willows High School
  • Saturday 15th September 2018 |11.00-12.00pm | Willows High School
  • Saturday 22th September 2018 | 11.00-12.00pm | Willows High School
  • Saturday 29th September 2018 | 11.00-12.00pm | Willows High School