K9 Fit Club adheres to the AVMA Standards of Excellence and recommendations provided by the American College of Veterinary Behaviorist.
- It is advised that K9 Fit Club Certified Trainers meet and, ideally, observe and assess a human/canine team prior to working with them.
- The following equipment is NOT recommended for use in any human/canine fitness class or by any person K9 Fit Club Certified:
- Choke collars
- Prong collars
- Shock Collars
- Retractable Leashes
- The following activities may NOT be used to manage a dog’s behavior by the owner, or by a K9 Fit Club Certified Trainer:
- Pinching toes
- Kneeing the dog in the chest or abdomen
- Hitting or striking the dog
- Forcibly holding the dog down against their will
- Constantly yelling at the dog
- Frequently yanking or aggressively pulling the collar or leash
- The use of prong, choke, pinch, shock collars, or any form of electronic stimulation
- K9 Fit Club Certified Trainers encourage positive training and positive rewards. K9 Fit Club Certified Trainers should NOT encourage the owner to be “alpha” and to teach the dog to “submit.”
- K9 Fit Club Certified Trainers may NOT recommend any physical methods of “training,” especially as a way to modify behavior. These include:
- Alpha rolls
- Any other painful or physical methods as a means of modifying behavior
- If a dog should start to show signs of aggression, fear, anxiety, distress, or any other condition that the K9 Fit Club Certified Trainer, or any participant, might find worrisome during training, please encourage the owner(s) to consult with their veterinarian.
- If you, as a K9 Fit Club Certified Trainer, should ever feel uncomfortable with something a dog owner may be doing to their dog, stop working with that client.
- It is highly recommended that all dogs remain on leash through the entirety of the class.
- It is recommended that all dogs are kept to the left side of the owner, with no more than a 2-foot lead.
- It is recommended that each K9 Fit Club Certified Trainer allows 250 square feet per human/canine team.
- It is recommended that there be no more than 3–4 human/canine teams per group class. In the instance that human/canine teams exceed 4, it is recommended that an assistant, or dog wrangler, help monitor the activity and behavior of the dogs within the class, ensuring a safe, fun, and effective workout.
- It is recommended that every K9 Fit Club Certified Trainer wear proper attire during class, including comfortable workout shorts or pants, shirts or polos, and gym shoes.
- It is recommended that every K9 Fit Club Certified Trainer have the following items on hand:
- Treat bag
- Spray bottle filled with water
- Doggie Poop Bags
- Information for nearest hospital and emergency contact information for each participant
- Information for nearest veterinary hospital and contact information for emergency veterinarian
K9 FIT CLUB
EXERCISING AND OUTDOORS
STANDARDS OF EXCELLENCE
Exercise is great for us, and it’s great for our best friends. At K9 Fit Club, we believe that you should treat your dog the same as you treat yourself. Above all, we promote safety, and with summer comes the outdoors and an increase in outside activities. This includes K9 Fit Club classes and outdoor exercise.
We have spoken with our resident experts and here are our recommendations.
-Prior to the start of any class, a Healthy to Participate form from the clients’ Veterinarian is required.
-Avoid exercising in temperatures above 80 degrees.
-Restrict outdoor exercise to the early morning and late evening when temperatures are cooler.
-Cooling vest products should only be used if your dog is a working dog or accustomed to the vets. Otherwise, in some instances this may cause stress to the dog and may be harmful to the joints.
-15/5 “Cool Break Rule” – 15 minutes of exercise for every 5 minutes of “Cool Break”
-It’s Black & White. Just like humans and the clothing we are wearing, consideration of a dog’s coat color must be taken into consideration.
-Extra precaution should be taken for any dogs that are respiratory-challenged, such as brachycephalic breeds. This includes snub-nosed dogs, such as Pekinese, Shih Tzu, pugs, boxers, bulldogs, Boston terriers and Lhasa Apso dogs, as well as heavy coated, overweight and older dogs.
-Lose the heat. People have sweat glands all over their bodies, but dogs have them only on their footpads. Panting is the primary way dogs lose body heat.
-If you are feeling hot, your dog probably is, also. Pour some water on their head and nape of the neck. The best places to cool a dog down are on the neck, pads of the feet, and belly.
-If the human needs to stop for a drink, so does the dog.
-Water-soaked towels, kept in a cooler, act as a great cooling agent for the dog and owner team.
-Slow Down. Remember, you are the human, so you need to be the one to anticipate the dangers and not take any chance unnecessary risk.
Ernie Ward, DVM, Association of Pet Obesity Prevention, K9 Fit Club Advisory Board Certified Personal Trainer, USA Triathlon Certified Coach
David Schwarz, DVM, K9 Fit Club Advisory Board
Standards of Excellence
Raw Food Diet
In keeping with our Standards of Excellence, K9 Fit Club has adopted the following policy regarding participation of clients using the Raw Food Diet. These recommendations are in accordance with and supported by the AVMA, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration Center for Veterinary Medicine and the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Effective August 25, 2014, K9 Fit Club will not allow dogs being fed a raw food diet to participate in K9 Fit Club classes, or classes taught by a K9 Fit Club Certified Trainer. To participate, please consult your veterinarian for other healthier options to feed your dog.
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration Center for Veterinary Medicine (FDA-CVM) makes the following statement on its website:
FDA does not believe raw meat foods for animals are consistent with the goal of protecting the public from significant health risks, particularly when such products are brought into the home and/or used to feed domestic pets; however, we understand that some people prefer to feed these types of diets to their pets.
The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) make the following statement on their website: Raw diets, especially raw meat diets, are not recommended because of the risk for salmonellosis and other infections that can affect pets and their owners.
In addition, the CDC provided the following statement to the AVMA when the policy was being considered: CDC recommends against feeding raw food to dogs and cats because of the risk of illness to the pet as well as to people living in the household.
The American Animal Hospital Association (AAHA) approved a policy in August 2012 that discourages feeding raw meat to pets.
The National Association of State Public Health Veterinarians (NASPHV) and American Association of Feline Practitioners (AAFP) both endorsed the AAHA statement.
The policy was developed independently of the AVMA’s position, but was shared with AVMA prior to posting on the website.
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