Wellness and Conditioning Programs for Canines in Our Canine Gym

At Godfrey's we are all about the whole canine-mind, body and spirit. We like to think in terms of taking a pro-active approach to health by doing things to prevent health problems in the future. We humans are used to thinking about wellness for ourselves; the same philosophies for wellness can be applied to our dog's lives.

DEFINITION of WELL·NESS —noun
- an approach to health care that emphasizes preventing illness and prolonging life, as opposed to emphasizing treating diseases.
- the quality or state of being healthy in body and mind, esp. as the result of deliberate effort.

It's all about nurturing the mind, body and spirit: the best nutrition you can feed your dog, plenty of water, regular exercise, play, stimulation and learning, natural healing, body conditioning to remain strong, natural supplements when needed, complimentary holistic treatments used in conjunction with conventional veterinary care and lots and lots of love and positive experiences. Check out our programs and start something fun and healthful for you and your dog today!

Note: All of our classes are intended only for healthy and sound dogs. These classes are not intended to replace medical advice or rehabilitation techniques; they are intended to be used to maintain health and wellness. Before beginning these classes, please consult your veterinarian.

   

  

Watch this great video, demonstrating the use of FitPaws equipment at an AKC show. This is the equipment we use in our classes. Notice how muscles are stretched and strengthened, balancing work is done and dogs are having fun in the process! Don't worry, we sell low calorie, high quality yummy treats to motivate!

 

Puppy Pilates Social Hour

Get off on the Right Paw!

Waiting for a formal Puppy Training Class to start and want to do something

innovative, fun, and beneficial for

your pup before the training classes start? Then this is the class for you!

For canines 8 weeks to 4 months old

(Proof of puppy's first visit to your veterinarian and initial treatments required)

Class schedule:

Tuesdays:    11-12noon,

(4) week sessions start the first Tues. in the month

1st and 3rd Saturday of the month: 10-11am  Next session starts May 18

(4) week sessions start the first Sat. in the month

What does this cost? 4 Classes only $75.00. 

How do I sign up? Call us at 610-777-5755!

Who's the Class Instructor? Nicole Weersing, Godfrey's Treadmill and FitPaws® Instructor at Godfrey's. Nicole has previous work experience as an assistant in veterinarian rehabilitation where exercise equipment was used. In 2012, Nicole attended Instructor training on FitPaws equipment in Longmont, Colorado, the home of Ball Dynamics and FitPaws, reinforcing her skills.

Puppy Pilates...Really? Yes! Give puppies something to do, right away! Canine boredom is a pet parent's worst enemy. Engaging our puppies in new, fun, and challenging activities while building our bond with them and building their confidence is a goal every pet parent has. We also learn quickly that a tired puppy is a happy puppy! Our Puppy Pilates class will help you accomplish all of this, while also having other important physical benefits for your dog.

What's this class all about? Pilates for Puppies will teach your dog to move from its core while actively stretching and strengthening its muscles by using various balance training tools including balls and balance discs.

What will you and your dog be doing in class? The first 30 minutes is your dog working with Fit Paws equipment at different stations. Nicole will take your dog from warm ups to stretches, and from strengthening to balance, all while working on various pieces of equipment at different stations. You will be asked to assist your pup and you will learn how to use this equipment yourself. The class will reinforce positive training while exercising and building stronger bodies. The last 15 minutes is an off leash "social" where puppies can interact and get to know one another, building their social skills!

We've got to tell you the numerous benefits of this class for your dog:

  • Canine conditioning for short periods of time as early as eight weeks is beneficial for confidence building and strength building. Soft surface of Fit Paws is safe and beneficial to the growth plates and skeletal system.
  • Puppies gain balance and body awareness
  • Positive training basics are introduced/reinforced
  • Strengthens puppy's hind end
  • It's reinforcing for nervous dogs to get used to unstable surfaces, thus this can help dogs overcome motion sickness when riding in cars
  • You can’t get this type of core strength from walking, jogging, swimming; its all about unstable surfaces.

And there are benefits of this class for you:

  • Learn skills you can use at home with your dog
  • Have fun with your dog and enhance your relationship
  • Give your dog new positive experiences and confidence so that you have a happier dog to share life with!

Equipment: We will have equipment for you to use during class, but to really see results we expect that you will want to purchase your own equipment and schedule regular practice sessions at home with your dog once you feel comfortable using it. We offer 10% off all Fit Paws Exercise Equipment after completion of all 4 classes.

Canine Strength Building

Staying Fit!

For canines 5 months to 5 years

Class schedule:

1st and 3rd Saturdays in the month: 3pm-4pm  Next session starts May 18

What does this cost? 4 Classes only $75.00. 

How do I sign up? Call us at 610-777-5755!

Who's the Class Instructor? Nicole Weersing, Godfrey's Treadmill and FitPaws® Instructor at Godfrey's. Nicole has previous work experience as an assistant in veterinarian rehabilitation where exercise equipment was used. In 2012, Nicole attended Instructor training on FitPaws equipment in Longmont, Colorado, the home of Ball Dynamics and FitPaws, reinforcing her skills.

                                                                             

 

PREVENT INJURIES

START TODAY

Come do a FitPaws Class! Ask us for details.

 

 

Goals:

Improve Core Strength

Stronger muscles-longer endurance

Increase range of motion in joints

Prevent injuries

Building that hind end to stay strong.

Stabilization

Balance

Body Awareness

Weight checks 

 

Senior FitPAWS Wellness Class

Staying Strong!

Keep your senior dog in tip top shape by consistent workouts on the low-impact FitPAWS equipment

Help your dog stay "forever" young by starting a coniditioning program! We've all seen them, senior dogs who appear to be losing muscle mass in their hind end. It happens for various reasons, but the bottom line is that you can affect their quality of life by helping them actually build muscle mass and live a longer, happier life with you! We're all only as young as we feel, and that goes for our dogs, too.

Class schedule:

1st and 3rd Saturday of the month: 2pm-3pm  Next session starts May 18

What does this cost? 4 Classes only $75.00. 

How do I sign up? Call us at 610-777-5755!

Who's the Class Instructor? Nicole Weersing, Godfrey's Treadmill and FitPaws® Instructor at Godfrey's. Nicole has previous work experience as an assistant in veterinarian rehabilitation where exercise equipment was used. In 2012, Nicole attended Instructor training on FitPaws equipment in Longmont, Colorado, the home of Ball Dynamics and FitPaws, reinforcing her skills.

What's this class all about? Your dog will be working at various FitPaws stations doing low-impact exercises to increase musculature in the hind end and help gain balance control. Types of exercises include "dog squats," and repetitions of sit-to-stand on top of a FitPAWS® Peanut and Doggie Push-ups to increase shoulder strength, which shifts weight while challenging their center of gravity. You will be assisting your dog with the various exercises. Time on the canine treadmill may be included.

Goals of the Senior class:

  • Improve core strength
  • Strengthen muscles-longer endurance
  • Increase range of motion in joints
  • Prevent injuries
  • Build the hind end to stay strong
  • Improve balance and stability
  • Enhance body awareness
  • Keep weight in check

Treadmill for Canines

Intro-Level 1 Fitness Sessions

Note: Use of the treadmill is appropriate for dogs 6 months and older. "Pups" between the ages of 6-8 months old will be restricted to walking, not running, on the treadmill.  

                             

Bring your dog out for our low stress introduction to the canine treadmill. This is perfect for that pooch with excess energy to burn or to address weight issues.

Also, many pet parents find themselves at a loss for a way to provide adequate exercise for their dogs should they themselves need to recuperate from an illness or surgery. What better way to do this than to come out to our Center and have your dog take part in our indoor treadmill work out!

Staff at Godfrey's will assist your dog in becoming comfortable with the treadmill and will monitor the workout.

                                                             Treadmill Time       Fee        with FitPaws         

     5 min.
     $5
$15
10 min.
     $15
$20
15 min.
     $20
$25
30 min.
      $40
$45
(4) 15 min. sessions
      $50
$70
(4) 30 min. sessions
      $90
$115

 

 

 


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