Four-Legged, Fit, and Confident LIVE

with Lori Stevens.

A KPA LIVE™! Class featuring real-time training and coaching

Four-Legged, Fit, and Confident LIVE

with Lori Stevens.

A KPA LIVE™! Class featuring real-time training and coaching

Available to Watch On Demand
FOUR-LEGGED, FIT & CONFIDENT
with Lori Stevens
LEARN, PRACTICE, SHARELIVE learning brings concepts to life
  • Learn:  Join the weekly two-hour LIVE virtual classes of real-time training and interactive coaching plus Q and A with Lori. Miss a class? No problem, LIVE classes are also recorded.
    • Engage level students to watch training and coaching and participate in Q and A.
    • Excel level students: Get personalized real-time coaching and feedback on your training in-class plus Q&A. Limited to 10 students
  • Practice: Learn at your own pace with a coordinated week-by-week curriculum featuring pre-recorded webinar-style video lectures from Lori and fun training exercises for you and your dog, all coordinated with the weekly LIVE class.
  • Share:  Use the group discussion forum for asking questions, and sharing learnings.  Excel level students can also share their training videos and get written feedback from Lori between weekly classes.

Every student gets access to the course curriculum and class recordings for a year.  This LIVE Class meets weekly on Wednesdays for 2 hours at 1 pm Pacific / 4pm Eastern. April 7th, 14, 21, 28, May 5.  Earn 1.5 CEUs per webinar from KPA, IAABC, or CCPDT (7.5 CEUs for the series).

Tuition: $479

Engage ($99)Register Now! April 6 Deadline
Excel ($279)Register Now! March 31 Deadline
COmpare side by sideChoose Engage or Excel level

Get The Full Series ($109.95 $84.95) | Select One+ ($24.95 $21.95 ea.)

Weekly on Wednesdays at 4 p.m. ET, through June 17. 

Get access to all five of the webinars in the Four-Legged, Fit, and Confident webinar series! Each webinar is approximately 45 minutes long followed by 45 minutes of live Q&A. Earn 1.5 CEUs per webinar from KPA, IAABC, or CCPDT (7.5 CEUs for the series).

If you've missed the live webinar, don't worry - it's been recorded. Watch it on demand and jump right back into the series live or watch the whole series at your own pace whenever you want.  Live webinars are on Wednesdays at 4.p.m EST and lifetime access to the recorded webinars are included in your registration. 

#1: Fitness Safe Start, From Targets to Poles - Watch On Demand
#2: Keep it on Paws! - Watch On Demand
#3: Staying in Balance  - Watch On Demand
#4: Riddle of the Sphinx  - Watch On Demand
#5: Fabulous Fitness Finale! - Available to Watch On Demand June 19

4-Legged, Fit, And ConfidentKPA LIVE! Class with Lori Stevens-5 Weeks-Registration opens March 17
  • Learn:  Join the weekly two-hour LIVE virtual classes of real-time training and interactive coaching plus Q and A with Lori. Miss a class? No problem, LIVE classes are also recorded.
    • Engage level students to watch training and coaching and participate in Q and A.
    • Excel level students: Get personalized real-time coaching and feedback on your training in-class plus Q&A. Limited to 10 students
  • Practice: Learn at your own pace with a coordinated week-by-week curriculum featuring pre-recorded webinar-style video lectures from Lori and fun training exercises for you and your dog, all coordinated with the weekly LIVE class.
  • Share:  Use the group discussion forum for asking questions, and sharing learnings.  Excel level students can also share their training videos and get written feedback from Lori between weekly classes.

Every student gets access to the course curriculum and class recordings for a year.  This LIVE Class meets weekly on Wednesdays for 2 hours at 1 pm Pacific / 4pm Eastern. April 7th, 14, 21, 28, May 5.  Earn 1.5 CEUs per webinar from KPA, IAABC, or CCPDT (7.5 CEUs for the series).

Tuition: $479

LEARN, PRACTICE, SHARE

LIVE learning brings concepts to life

  • LEARN

    Five weekly, two-hour LIVE virtual classes of real-time training, interactive coaching, and Q&A. Super educational, super fun.

  • PRACTICE

    A week-by-week curriculum integrates with, and prepares you for, each LIVE class. Multiple new behaviors each week!

  • SHARE

    Ask questions, share learning, and cheer on your classmates as they share their practice videos and get feedback between LIVE classes.

LEARN, PRACTICE, SHARE

LIVE learning brings concepts to life

  • LEARN

    Five weekly two-hour LIVE virtual classes of real-time training and interactive coaching.

  • PRACTICE

    Learn at your own pace.

  • SHARE

    Use the group discussion forum to ask questions and share learnings.

Let's Begin This Fabulous Canine Fitness Journey, Together

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See What's Covered Each Week of Your Journey

Your Learning Experience Begins

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See What's Covered Each Week of Your Journey

COMPARE STUDENT LEVELS

WHAT'S INCLUDED IN THE STUDENT LEVELS

Register as an Engage or Excel student.  Both get the weekly LIVE class; the integrated weekly course curriculum; the class discussion forum for comments, questions, and video sharing; and access to the class recordings and curriculum for a year. Use the table below to compare the differences and choose what works best for you!

Engage

Excel

SOLD OUT

5 weekly LIVE Classes, 2 hours each, 10 hours total

LIVE Class

Real-time coaching during LIVE classes
observe only

full participation -
choose 2 of 4 weekly
exercises for coaching

Q&A during LIVE classes
Recordings available post-class
5-week curriculum coordinated with LIVE class. Includes:
  • Weekly skill videos, webinar-style, pre-recorded

Coordinated
Curriculum

  • Weekly fun training exercises and training challenges, downloadable
  • Written weekly feedback on practice training videos
Weekly training time suggested for exercises
optional
30-45 min
Class discussion forum for sharing comments, questions, and videos
Share comments

Discussion
Forum

Ask Lori training questions
Share practice training videos
with Lori
2 min/week max
See Lori's feedback on
student videos
LIVE class recordings - 1 year

Post Course
Access

Weekly video lectures - 1 year
Weekly exercises and tranining challenges - 1 year

More

Course-completion certificate
CEU-eligible

Side by side comparison

WHAT'S INCLUDED

Every student gets the weekly LIVE class, the integrated weekly course curriculum, the class discussion forum for comments, questions, and video sharing as well as access to the class recordings and curriculum for a year. Once registered, you get access to the curriculum to practice before the first LIVE class.  Wow! See below for a comparison of the Engage Level and the Excel Level

Engage

LIVE Class

5 weekly LIVE Classes, 2 Hours each, 10 hours total
Real time coaching during LIVE classes (observe only)
Q&A during LIVE classes
Recordings available post-class

Coordinated Curriculum

5 week curriculum coordinated with LIVE class:
  • Weekly skill videos, webinar-style, pre-recorded
  • Weekly fun training exercises and training challenges, downloadable
Weekly training time on exercises (optional)

Discussion Forum

Class discussion forum for sharing comments, questions, and videos
Share comments
See Lori's feedback on student videos

Post Course Access

LIVE class recordings - 1 year
Weekly video lectures - 1 year
Weekly exercices and tranining challenges - 1 year

More

Course completion certificate
CEU eligible

Excel (Sold Out)

LIVE Class

5 weekly LIVE Classes, 2 Hours each, 10 hours total
Real time coaching during LIVE classes (full participation - choose 2 of 4 weekly exercises for coaching)
Q&A during LIVE classes
Recordings available post-class

Coordinated Curriculum

5 week curriculum coordinated with LIVE class:
  • Weekly video lectures, webinar-style, pre-recorded
  • Weekly fun training exercises and training challenges, downloadable
  • Written weekly feedback on practice training videos
Weekly training time on exercises (30-45 min)

Discussion Forum

Class discussion forum for sharing comments, questions, and videos
Share comments
Ask Lori training questions
Share practice training videos with Lori (2 min/week max)
See Lori's feedback on student videos

Post Course Access

LIVE class recordings - 1 year
Weekly video lectures - 1 year
Weekly exercises and training challenges - 1 year

More

Course completion certificate
CEU eligible
 
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Here's What You'll Be Learning Week by Week

Here's What You'll Be Learning Week by Week

Week #1: Fitness Safe Start, FROM Targets to Poles

In week #1 you will learn how to set up your dog and the learning environment for success and fun for any fitness and movement exercises. We will start the exercises by  learning how to teach your dog to hand target and how to follow targets to create movement. With those basic skills, Lori will show you how to use the moving target to teach your dog cavaletti fitness, i.e., walking and trotting over poles, and how to teach figure eights.

Available on demand beginning May 22

In webinar #1 you will learn how to set up your dog and the learning environment for success and fun for any fitness and movement exercises. We will start the exercises by  learning how to teach your dog to hand target and how to follow targets to create movement. With those basic skills, Lori will show you how to use the moving target to teach your dog cavaletti fitness, i.e., walking and trotting over poles, and how to teach figure eights.

These exercises help build your dog’s safe physical precision movement and spatial awareness and your own observation skills. We will also discuss solidifying your “go-to behaviors” and how they can be used in and around the fitness environment to overcome common challenges.  You will learn how all of these behaviors and concepts build the environment and foundation skills for fitness and movement as we move into webinar #2.

#2: Keep it on Paws!

In week #2, we will be using the environmental set-up and skills from week #1 to build out an expanded repertoire of behaviors and deepen your understanding of fitness concepts. We will focus on paw targeting, including front and hind leg targeting, and how to spin in both directions. 

This series of behavior helps you learn how your own orientation affects your dog's orientation to an object, illustrates the importance of your dog's alignment and teaches you what to look for and reinforceusing your fitness lensas your dog is learning. We will discuss the full benefits of these behaviors for fitness and movement and why they are excellent go-to behaviors under many environmental conditions.

Available on demand beginning May 29.

In webinar #2, we will be using the environmental set-up and skills from webinar #1 to build out an expanded repertoire of behaviors and deepen your understanding of fitness concepts. We will focus on paw targeting, including front and hind leg targeting, and how to spin in both directions. 

This series of behavior helps you learn how your own orientation affects your dog's orientation to an object, illustrates the importance of your dog's alignment and teaches you what to look for and reinforceusing your fitness lensas your dog is learning. We will discuss the full benefits of these behaviors for fitness and movement and why they are excellent go-to behaviors under many environmental conditions. 

Take a week to work on these exercises and behaviors on your own and get ready for webinar #3. As an added bonus, this week’s fitness challenge is to teach your dog to back up to target. Jump right in (so to speak)!

#3 Staying in Balance

In week #3, we will be building on week #1 and #2 to add to your fitness toolkit. We will be working on the joy of go-arounds, standing in balance (more difficult than you might think!), and targeting your hand lightly with each front paw, as well as increasing duration for these behaviors. We will also cover the specific alignment to achieve during each exercise. As usual, we will cover the benefits of these behaviors for fitness and movement. 

In webinar #3, we will be building on webinars #1 and #2 to add to your fitness toolkit. We will be working on the joy of go-arounds, standing in balance (more difficult than you might think!), and targeting your hand lightly with each front paw, as well as increasing duration for these behaviors. We will also cover the specific alignment to achieve during each exercise. As usual, we will cover the benefits of these behaviors for fitness and movement.  

Take a week to work on these exercises and behaviors on your own and get ready for webinar #4. As an added bonus, this week’s fitness challenge is to teach your dog to target your hand with each hind paw. Find the balance!

#4 Riddle of the SPHINX

In Week #4, we will take your fitness up (or down!) another level. We will be working on the tuck-sit to stands, sphinx (aka fold-back) down to stands, and weight-shifting. We will also cover the number of repetitions and sets you might do in a fitness routine. Finally, we’ll cover the importance of warming up and cooling down and how you can fit those steps into your fitness routine easily.

Live!  June 10, 2020 at 4 p.m. ET
Register by June 9 at 12 p.m. ET to participate.
Available to Watch On Demand June 12

In webinar #4, we will take your fitness up (or down!) another level. We will be working on the tuck-sit to stands, sphinx (aka fold-back) down to stands, and weight-shifting. We will also cover the number of repetitions and sets you might do in a fitness routine. Finally, we’ll cover the importance of warming up and cooling down and how you can fit those steps into your fitness routine easily.

As an added bonus, this week’s challenge is a tuck-sit to kick-back stand. See you next week when we’ll discuss how you can put these exercises together. Are you down with this?

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#5: A FABULOUS FITNESS FINALE!

In week #5, we’ll learn a few final skills and how to put together a fabulous fitness routine. First, we’ll rock back and have a seat while learning another variation of sitthe rock-back sit, with a stand between each sit-repetition. We’ll move on to teaching high-quality high-fives or waves and we’ll cover how to teach your dog to take a beautiful bow. As usual, we will explain the benefits of these behaviors for fitness and movement.  

Now that you know a number of fitness exercises, we’ll learn how to put them together for a fitness routine, how long a fitness routine should last, and the importance of timers. We’ll also show examples of how you can take the exercises you’ve mastered to the next level.

We leave you with a final, fun exercise to work into your routine: side-stepping. Congratulations! You are ready to become your dog’s personal canine fitness coach!

Engage ($99)Register Now!
Excel ($279)Only 1 Spot Left!
Excel ($279)Sold Out
Excel ($279)Enrollment closes March 31!
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photo credit: Carol Whitfield
LEARN WITH Lori Stevens

Lori Stevens (CPDT-KA, SAMP, CCFT, CPBC) uses humane and scientific methods to improve the health, behavior, and performance of animals. Her experience is holistic and incorporates respect for animals as teachers. She continually studies the interactions between animal behavior, movement, learning, and health, and this is reflected in her innovative approach.

Lori is a Certified Professional Dog Trainer, a certified Small Animal Massage Practitioner, a Certified Canine Fitness Trainer, and a Certified Parrot Behavior Consultant as well as a Senior Tellington TTouch practitioner for dogs, cats, and other animals. Lori is the creator of the Balance Harness, teaches workshops and presents at conferences worldwide, including ClickerExpo where she has presented on both aging dogs and fitness.