Conditioning: Lateral Front Paw Side Step

Today’s blog is brought to you by Barb Reinhold. Barb is a disc dogger from Michigan, and is also a FitPAWS Master Trainer.

In the video below, Barb & her dog Rue are demonstrating a Lateral Front Paw Side Step, a conditioning exercise. Conditioning is very important for canine athletes, to keep them fit & to help avoid injury. Barb is narrating during the video, explaining what she is doing & why.

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If you’d like to get started on a conditioning program with your own dog, equipment is available in a number of places. The FitPAWS brand is produced specifically for use in canine conditioning & rehab. They cite superior gripping & resistance to damage caused by toenails as the difference between the FitPAWS brand and brands produced for human use. There are also some shapes (notably the bone shape seen in the video) that don’t have a human equivalent.

Here are some resources for purchasing equipment:

  • If you’re going to be seeing Barb at an upcoming competition, she is a distributor of FitPAWS equipment & can place an order for you. You can email Barb at
  • FitPAWS equipment is available online through FitPAWS USA.
  • Clean Run carries FitPAWS products.
  • If you don’t feel like your dog needs the extra durability of the FitPAWS brand, you can purchase human balance discs and peanut balls online through Amazon or retailers like Walmart, Target, etc.  Secondhand sports stores like Play It Again Sports, or even Goodwill stores are good sources for the human versions as well.

You can also contact Barb to arrange fitness seminars at your location, or to find out what seminars she has scheduled that you might be able to attend. Barb is also a Certified Trick Dog Instructor (CTDI), and you can join Rue’s Spark Team, a Do More With Your Dog tricks Facebook group, where she posts tutorials of various tricks, both fitness related & just for fun.

*Featured photo is (c) Carla Parravani at Intensity Kennels


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