The perfect solution to up your dog's fitness!

If you participate in dog sports or have a high energy dog, you know how important it is to keep them in top shape, both for their health and wellbeing as well as your own.  😉

Weather in Ottawa can be unpredictable at any time of year and outdoor exercise isn't always an option.  Our mini workshops are the perfect solution:  train indoors *and* learn new ways to keep your dog fit and happy.

Each workshop focuses on a single canine conditioning topic and is jam packed full of information you can use NOW.

I'll share with you the various exercises that I use to keep all 7 of my dogs in peak physical condition.  I'll introduce the use of specialized conditioning equipment (and how to use it CORRECTLY and SAFELY!) and I'll also share some of my *cheats*: regular household items that can be used instead!

In each workshop, participants will learn 6-8 different exercises: we'll cover the how, when, where and why.  Each exercise will be demonstrated from beginning to end, including variations for different levels of fitness and training.  You and your dog will get the opportunity to work through each exercise under professional guidance and supervision. 

At the end of the workshop, your dog will be on their way to improving their physical strength and mental skills.  And the bonus?  By starting now, you'll be able to avoid losing as many as 6 weeks of sport specific training time while you try to get your dog "in shape".

Participants spots are limited to 8 per workshop.  Our last workshop series sold out in less than 48 hours.  Register early to avoid disappointment!

All workshops are taught at Dog Dayz, 95 Abbeyhill Drive, Kanata.


I'm glad I had my notebook with me!

These were two hours packed with very important and useful information. I loved the detailed explanations of each exercise, the demo dog to see how it must be done, the Q & A time, and the fact that there was plenty of time to try and practice every exercise.

— Alessandra M. after attending "Cavaletti 101"

Winter 2018-2019 Workshops
Registration is now open!

December 13, 2018, 7-9pm

Join us for an evening dedicated to your dog’s bootie! This 2-hour workshop will introduce a variety of exercise designed to strengthen your dog’s hind end muscles. More power over a jump, more speed in flyball, more distance off of the dock. All of this and more require a strong hind end!

January 10, 2019 , 7-9pm

Take your dog’s fitness training to the next level with our FitBone Full Body Fitness workshop. Using just a single piece of specialized equipment (the K9FitBone), we introduce a variety of exercises and new ways to incorporate canine fitness training into your daily routine.

February 21, 2019, 7-9pm

Cavaletti work is an excellent way to provide a full body strength activity for your dog. In addition to the strength training benefits, cavaletti work can improve your dog's body awareness, improve your dog's functional movement (ie. how they move naturally) and improve flexibility. This fun and informational workshop will teach you how to properly space cavaletti for your dog, what height to work at and of course, will introduce a variety of exercises that you will be able to incorporate into your training right away.

January 31, 2019, 7-9pm

What is Minimalist Fitness? This workshop is all about providing your dog with a solid full body workout using only a few pieces of equipment: a FitBone, two balance discs and a plank. That’s it! Come see how easy it is to condition your dog without all of that expensive specialized equipment. Okay, you will want ONE piece of specialized equipment: a FitBone. But that’s it. ;)

All Workshops are $65 per person/dog, HST included. To register, email Payment is by Interac eTransfer only.

What participants are saying:

A great eye for movement.

Danielle was excellent at providing information in a manner that was easy to understand. She is very knowledgeable in the subject taught and was able to effectively answer questions. She provided useful feed back and has excellent eye for observing dog body movement.

— Brandon B.

The material in the workshop was great!

All the exercises were demonstrated in a complete fashion, so it was a great introduction to new equipment. I love how exercises were explained with targeted muscle groups in mind.

— Sara B.

I wouldn't hesitate to take another workshop! 

The course content and venue were great. Danielle did an excellent job explaining core content and was able to answer all questions from students regarding a large range of dog abilities/ages/goals. 

— Kelly R.



Danielle is the owner of Positive Changes Dog Training and creator of DogMotion.  A Certified Canine Athlete Specialist, and Certified Canine Fitness Trainer, Danielle works with clients throughout North America, helping them achieve the highest levels of performance with their dogs.  She has worked with canine athletes returning  to sport after injury and Canadian World Agility Team members preparing for international competition. 

Danielle has been active in the dog world for over 25 years, and has titled dogs in a variety of venues including conformation, agility and flyball.  Danielle continues to actively compete in flyball with her dogs and trains in disc, dock diving and agility just for fun.

As an lifelong equestrian and avid competitor in the upper levels of the sport, Danielle brings a unique understanding of movement, structure and biomechanics to the discipline of canine fitness and conditioning.  Her keen eye allows her to quickly identify areas of strength or weakness, whether structural or functional.  

In her spare time, Danielle enjoys spending time at home on the farm, competing in 5km and 10km road races, and experimenting in the kitchen with healthy and tasty recipes.