• Improve overall health and reduce the risk of injuries.
• Promote problem-solving skills and creative thinking.
• Establish unbreakable heart-to-heart connection.
• Work at your own pace from the comfort of your home.
• Minimal equipment needed.
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Your puppy’s brain is like a sponge!
It absorbs everything that’s happening around them.
Are you fully aware of how crucial the first few months of your puppy’s life are in shaping their long-term health, physical and mental abilities?
Learning how to use your body is like learning a language.
It comes more naturally to us if we start at an early age.
You are at the right place at the right time, if you are ready to harness that to help them be more physically capable, sharp, and eager to learn.
I know you can’t wait to get started on different activities like hiking and sports …
And I’m sure you want to give them the absolute most to help them develop their bodies, and nurture their learning abilities.
But at the same time, you want to make the most of their puppyhood now and do what is right for them at the age they are at.
I want to congratulate you for that!
I know that sometimes it can feel overwhelming.
Like wanting to do everything at once but having to wait for your puppy to grow up at the same time.
Following all the rules for what is physically acceptable to do with your puppy can also be scary and you are probably questioning yourself:
»How much is my puppy allowed to do?«
»Will this help them in the long term?«
»Can it be dangerous for their health?«
»Am I too late with training?«
All of these are valid concerns.
I was excited to bring a new family member home and had ambitious plans for our time together.
I envisioned going on long walks, trying out agility, obedience, and herding – activities we would truly enjoy in the future.
However, Tide was still young and only learning his name at that stage.
I reminded myself to let him grow and develop at his own pace.
I understood that, like children, puppies need guidance as they take in information about the world.
I felt the weight of the responsibility of guiding a puppy.
I knew it was crucial to prepare his mind and body for his active adult life.
Teaching him how to use his body was essential, especially if we were to participate in different sports like obedience and agility.
Although I had to wait for his joints to fully develop before engaging in serious sports activities, I took it upon myself to give him the best start in life.
I taught him how to move and problem-solve while his brain was still growing.
I’m glad I did because today I’m reaping the results.
By working through this course at his own pace, Tide learned to enjoy working with me and now cannot wait for it to be his turn.
We have built strong foundational behaviours which can be turned into proper workouts now that he is older. 👍
This would not have been possible without the Fundamentals for Puppies online course.
A course I’ve created with active dogs in mind.
I will guide you within this course so you can achieve exactly the same and best prepare your pup, giving him a head start in life!
Puppies should NOT “work out” for muscle mass like adults, because their bodies are still developing.
You will discover exactly how puppies learn, how to structure your training sessions and progress effectively.
So they can build confidence and proper mechanics as they grow.
You will also learn, how to teach your puppy how to problem solve and think creatively.
You will discover how to plan age-appropriate short 1-2 minute-long training sessions that are both challenging and enjoyable.
So your puppy can practice multiple times a day.
You will work in a completely safe environment on their skills, such as:
These exercises are designed to develop your puppy’s neuromuscular activity and function.
By teaching your young athlete to utilize their entire body effectively, you lay a strong foundation for their future active lifestyle or sporting endeavors.
In fact, the appropriate amount and type of exercise have been shown to increase bone density and reduce the risk of juvenile bone fractures!
A good conditioning routine also fosters a strong connection with your puppy as they enjoy and learn about reward-based training and cooperation with you. 😍
These are the most important topics we will focus on inside the FUNdamentals for Puppies course.
Ideal for Puppies and Growing Dogs
No Minimum Age Requirement
That’s right! You can start as early as at 8 weeks of age, starting with basic exercises and gradually progressing. Dedicated lesson on exercising young dogs, with clear explanations. Follow recommendations and adapt exercises based on the pup’s age. Promotes safe, controlled, and low-impact body use. Strengthen bond and have fun through dog fitness.
Suitable for All Kinds of Dogs
From Poodles, Terriers to Border Collies and German Shepherds – even the breeds with longer backs.
Regardless of your dog’s breed, size, or color – this course is suitable for everyone.
Dogs give their best every time they step on the training/competition field and doing my best to keep them healthy and physically prepared for all the challenges, is something I owe them as the owner and handler. And just because of that, Jana’s conditioning classes are a huge part of our training and warming up/cooling down routine.
All exercises are designed in a way to make it as safe for the dog as possible, she puts a lot of attention to details (which is REALLY important when we come to conditioning) and on top of that, Jana knows really well how to adapt to every individual dog and give them what they need the most (when you have breeds that are not really “social butterflies”, working with someone who understands dog’s character is really important).
So thank you Jana for your great classes and for all the “live” training and check-ups! It means a lot to me, to have someone so skilled watching over my dogs!
FUNdamentals Conditioning course is a very interesting and wonderful courses.
I learned many useful exercises for my dogs. I liked the very detailed and understandable explanation of each exercise, a lot of attention is given to the safe execution of exercises.
My dogs perform exercises every week during our walks, at home, before training. And they do theirs with pleasure!
Getting familiar with the exercises:
The goal is to develop understanding, confidence and achieve proper form on an easy set-up first.
You will work on things like:
Progressing is quite literally the progression (upgrade) from the previously taught exercise.
You will work on things like:
This will further proof and improve your dog’s understanding of the behavior, before you move on to the next level of building the precision.
The final step is achieving the most optimal form of performance possible for this behavior.
You will learn all about the proper form for each exercise, what to look for, and how to avoid sloppiness once you start working out.
In the end, this is what we strive for in canine conditioning!
You will be using setups that allow your dog to properly execute the given exercise and maintain the proper form of performance throughout the chosen number of repetitions.
Once your dog has built a solid foundation and is ready, you can gradually increase the level of difficulty of the exercises to challenge them at a new, yet reasonable, level.
This course is thorough in its approach, explaining each move and its purpose in detail.
You’ll find it effortless to grasp the concepts and structure the dog conditioning routine perfectly.
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Balance and proprioceptive work forms the foundation for all other exercise and activity in our puppies’ lives. We can start to stimulate their balance and proprioception from an early age, and continue to develop these areas by advancing exercises into adulthood.
Balance and weight shifting exercises selectively shift weight in order to increase the load on a targeted limb and promote neuromuscular interactions.
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»My dogs now always stay in shape and compete on the highest level injury free!«
Featured Video: I Work with Many Canine Athletes on a Daily Basis as the Founder of the Dogs4motion, Veterinary Rehabilitation and Sports Medicine Center in Slovenia.
I know exactly what it feels like not knowing:
Worrying about whether you’re overloading or skipping something.
Being afraid that you’ll do something wrong and harm your loyal buddy.
When I was a veterinary student, I struggled a lot with finding good educational content.
I wanted to help my sweet puppy Genie after she broke her tibia in an accident when she was only 10 weeks old.
I still remember the heartbreaking look of those big sad puppy eyes.
My biggest concern was whether she’d ever be able to be active again.
I had no idea how to prevent her from future compensatory issues.
And above all …
How to enable her to grow up into a healthy, active, and wild adult.
I dug deeper and deeper into the field of canine conditioning, sports medicine, and rehabilitation.
It became my passion, guiding me forward and into the canine rehabilitation field even after I graduated with a degree in veterinary medicine.
I also went on to create a foundational online conditioning academy that changed the lives of thousands!
But, throughout all of this, I continued to compete in agility – I have been an active trainer and competitor in several dog sports with my own dogs for the past 18 years.
All this has helped me to understand their needs better … And how important it is to take care of their well-being – from their puppyhood to their senior years.
And with that, after years of work and research, I finally found the missing key for our beloved athletes:
FUNdamentals K9 Conditioning Courses were born!
This program lays the groundwork for a fun-filled journey together through the forest and beyond!
FUNdamentals for Puppies is the key to unlocking an exciting and active canine adulthood.
You can do it whenever you want, wherever you want.
From the comfort of your home or even when wandering around on your daily walk in nature.
You don’t need an expensive training menu or sophisticated equipment.
Any old piece of furniture or an object from the environment will do.
This course is a product of all my personal experience and knowledge!
I am excited and proud to share these tips and tricks with you!
So far I’ve been able to help 3749+ participants from 6 different continents all around the globe.
Get started with your dogs today, because they are worth it!
Jana Gams, DVM, CCRP
I am so confident in FUNdamentals Course for Puppies that I’m willing to “put my money where my mouth is” and back up your purchase with a 100 % money-back guarantee.
If you don’t feel FUNdamentals Course for Puppies is right for you, I’ll refund every cent you paid – no questions asked.
Teaching your dog to balance the 12 o’clock position in front of you is an excellent way to teach your dog the proper mechanics!
Training elements: Proprioception, Balance, Body Awareness
Body areas targeted: hind limbs (abductors and adductors – i.e. the muscles responsible for bringing the leg closer to the body or out from it, glutes), lower back, and the core. Shoulders play a stabilizing role.
Suitable for: puppies aged from 8 weeks on
Nr. of repetitions recommended: equal to the age of your pup in months – 1 quarter of a circle in each direction is 1 repetition – for example: a 3 month old pup can spend up to 3 repetitions moving quarter of a circle in each direction.
Two stable platforms that are identical in height, and slightly wider than your dog’s body width.
*I love to use low DIY wooden planks and platforms, but you can use any other object that meets the criteria – such as a book, covered with a non slippery surface, or even foam balance pads that have a pleasant surface to step on.
You won’t be needing them right away from the start, but it’s nice to have them at hand once we will be refining the posture during a variety of exercises.
If you don’t have a floor that is non-slippery, I would advise you to buy a mat or carpet you can put in the room you normally train in or have it movable, like a mat that they use under fitness equipment in the gyms or carpets.
For all the cavaletti exercises, you will need a set of cavaletti bars and cones, or any other “sticks” you can find in your home inventory (such as brooms, or walking sticks).
*You can start with your own legs that you stretch out, but for the gait training, you will need min. 4 bars that you can set down at a certain distance (for this reason I don’t recommend using a fixed/non-adjustable ladder).
That can be a taller cone, a flower bucket, or even a stool! It should be stable enough so it won’t tip over if your dog touches or leans against it.
Apart from this, you will also need:
Agility World Championship member in 2015, 2016, 2017 and 2019. Founder of Into Shape Agility
This was absolutely super online course. There were very good exercises and really good theory part. I am really happy that I entered my dogs to Fundamentals online course. Jana’s feedback for all the videos was very thorough.
I am really satisfied how my dogs looked after the course and how much better was their coordination.
Active competitor in Agility, FCI Obedience and IGP
This course is ideal for puppies and growing dogs, and you can start as early as at 8 weeks of age, starting with basic exercises and gradually progressing.
Suitable for all kinds of dogs: From Poodles, Terriers to Border Collies and German Shepherds – even the breeds with longer backs. Regardless of your dog’s breed, size, or color – this course is suitable for everyone that want to strengthen bond and have fun through dog fitness exercises.
The lessons are dedicated to exercising young dogs, with clear explanations, that promote safe, controlled, and low-impact body use. Follow recommendations and adapt exercises based on your pup’s age.
This course is ideal for puppies and growing dogs, aged at least 8 weeks old, but if your dog is already an adult, you might want to choose our follow-up FUNdamentals K9 conditioning course instead.
The basics are a great way to start working with a puppy/young dog, and promote safe, controlled, and low-impact body use. You will get them used to reward-based training and working with food. You will also familiarize them with different kinds of objects, platforms, and materials.
Remember. You will get lifetime access to all content. You don’t need to worry the course will end before your puppy is old enough for it.
Yes, we are sure. We have plenty of proof to back it up. Not just Border Collies. From Poodles to German Shepherds. You name it. All breeds are welcome here. After all, one of our demo dogs is Tilly, a west highland white terrier puppy!
The program is also suitable for dogs with longer backs. You will help them develop core strength which is super important for them. Using low equipment/platforms does the trick and the fact that we are working with the dog in front of us!
Yes! You will be guided with easy-to-follow step-by-step explanations and videos to work on body awareness, balance, proprioception, flexibility and active range of motion. However, this course is not meant to build your pup’s strength (nevertheless, he will acquire strength as an incidental outcome.). We work on that within our FUNdamentals Course, when your dog is old enough.
Yes. The program is made by Jana Gams, Doctor of Veterinary Medicine and a Certified Canine Rehabilitation Practitioner. It is also recommended by other experts and backed up by science.
No, you do not.
You and your dog can be complete beginners and you will still be able to follow the course. You will discover the foundations to start with canine conditioning safely and effectively. You will learn all about reward-based training. You and your dog will learn everything through the course. You will start with true basics and continue to build strong foundations.
This course is designed as a self-study program. Relax. For a small fee, you can upgrade and additionally purchase a 1-on-1 personal feedback with Jana Gams!