Canine Physical Fitness
Note: During this time of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have provided information about the risk of your pets getting COVID-19 and guidance for minimizing risk to your pets.
NOTE: Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, all group classes are suspended, yet in-person training continues. As an essential service, Ann is providing in-person therapy sessions during the COVID-19 pandemic.
The Human-Animal Solutions formula:
Practice, Results, Peace of Mind
For Healthier, Happier Dogs
As a loving, dedicated dog owner, your best friend’s health and happiness are always a priority. Sometimes, though, life gets in the way and it’s hard to find the time for even a short walk. But what can you do?
Human-Animal Solutions can help you unleash the potential in your dog’s body and mind – in as little as 15 fun minutes a day! With expert guidance from Ann Howie – the only Certified Canine Fitness Trainer (CCFT) between Portland, Oregon, and Seattle, Washington – you’ll learn how to lead your dog through a series of short-but-effective exercises tailored to both your needs. Whether you work together at home or in our clean, comfortable center, you’ll be amazed at how quickly your dog responds and how much fun you both have.
This type of customized physical training leads to all sorts of wonderful physical, mental, and emotional benefits:
- Keeps your dog healthier longer
- Improves your dog’s quality of life
- Lessens the risk of injury
- Reduces problem behaviors that stem from boredom or a lack of exercise
- Promotes a more rapid recovery after illness
- Results in more progress over less time
- Boosts your dog’s confidence (and your own!)
- Strengthens the bond between you
My Pomeranian Bubba, had recovered from knees surgery and needed some exercises to help him improve his mobility. Ann gave me the guidance, knowledge and exercises to help Bubba on a great road to recovery.”Julie C.
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You and a friend can work your dogs together in a fun, friendly, and supportive environment. Of course, your dogs need to know each other and be comfortable being together in close proximity. Semi-private lessons at my center are an effective, affordable way to improve your healthy dog’s overall fitness, flexibility, and strength. Dogs crave exercise, and getting exercise can reduce problem behaviors at home.
To get started, Contact Us.
For those who who prefer the personal touch of one-on-one attention, private lessons are more your style. Your first step to a healthier, happier dog begins with scheduling an initial consultation with Ann.
During this consultation, which lasts up to one-and-a-half hours, Ann will meet with the two of you to conduct an assessment of your dog’s current fitness level and abilities. She’ll also talk with you about your concerns, learn about the goals you have for your dog, and answer any questions. Ann watches carefully for signs of fatigue or stress, she helps you identify those signs, and she keeps things fun for your dog (and you!) rather than pushing your dog too far.
Following the consultation, Ann will take some time to think about your dog’s particular needs and develop a plan specifically for you and your dog. Ann will then send you your customized Plan of Action.
Once you’ve received your Plan of Action, Ann highly recommends at least one one-hour follow-up session to make sure the two of you are working smoothly together and avoiding common pitfalls that could lead to future injury. Ann reviews the Plan with you and helps you safely take your dog through the exercises. This ensures that you feel comfortable working with your dog at home and that your dog is using good form.
After the first follow-up session, you’ll work with Ann to determine the frequency of future sessions. As your dog becomes stronger, your Plan of Action will be adjusted to his changing needs by increasing difficulty, presenting new challenges, offering modifications, and ensuring that he keeps having fun!
You have been most patient, professional, and helpful in your remarks.”
Between sessions, Ann is always available to answer questions either by phone or e-mail.
To learn more about what to expect at your appointments or to get started, Contact Us.
Your dedication is obvious and honorable.”
- Initial consultation/assessment: $125
- Initial follow-up session: $80/hour
- Additional follow-up sessions: $80/hour or $45/half-hour
- See Rewards and Referrals below
Semi-Private Lessons (one hour):
- Individual initial assessments are required for both dogs: $125 each
- Hourly follow-up lesson fees are shared between the two of you: $80/hour = $40 each
- Note Rewards and Referrals below
Rewards (for the Humans)
Rather than give you cookies, we save you money and make life easier through our rewards program.
Private and Semi-Private Training: After five follow-up sessions, you receive half off your sixth session. You may pay at each session or pre-pay for a package of six session.
You earn rewards by referring others to Human-Animal Solutions! When you refer someone who becomes an active client (which means comes for at least six sessions), you receive your next session free!