ELITE K9 ATHLETE PROGRAM
Helping dog trainers, handlers, and owners create highly conditioned dogs that excel at home, on the training field, at work, and in competition
Are you ready to
- Improve your dog’s strength, speed, agility, and endurance but aren’t sure how to safely make it happen?
- Discover effective ways to build stamina and endurance in your sport or working dog?
- Apply strategies to your training program that will help your dog reach a higher level of performance in work and competition?
- Feel confident knowing you’re doing everything possible to minimize the risk of injury while helping your dog (and even others!) have a long, happy, and productive life?
If you said yes to any of these questions, I invite you to join us in the Elite K9 Athlete Program!
This comprehensive, online canine fitness program will give you the knowledge, confidence, and skills to design customized fitness programs for the sport dog, working dog, and active family pet. The Elite K9 Athlete Program is also the first step for those individuals who would like to become a Certified Canine Athlete Specialist (CCAS) and use their knowledge of fitness to help others.
How Bacci's Injury Led to a
K9 Athlete Movement
My name is Erica Boling. Back in 2010, I was heartbroken when my Belgian Malinois Bacci developed an iliopsoas groin injury. We had just started competing in French Ring, and this injury could have led to an early retirement!
Veterinarians and I both missed his subtle signs of soreness and pain. When he was finally diagnosed, right after our first competition, we started a year-long journey to rehabilitation.
On that journey, I realized Bacci was giving me clear signs all along the way that he was hurting. If I had caught the signs earlier and given him the proper support, he could have healed within just a few weeks. The problem was… I wasn’t educated and didn’t know what to look for!
That’s when I began my journey learning all that I could about how to keep our canine athletes fit and injury free. And this is what lead me to create my business Northeast K9 Conditioning.
I became dedicated to learning as much as I could about canine fitness to help my own dogs and others avoid a similar fate. I then set out on a mission to educate as many people as possible so that they can help their dogs live long, happy, and productive lives. Our mission to help improve the lives of others (and avoid injury!) is why I developed the Elite K9 Athlete Program.
Benefits You'll Receive By Joining Us
Enhanced Fitness & Performance
Identify and implement exercises that improve your dog's strength, power, stamina, speed, cardio endurance, flexibility and body awareness.
Decreased Risk of Injuries
Gain expertise in assessing fitness needs and designing customized programs that improve performance while minimizing the chance of injury
Customized Fitness Programs
Discover how to design and implement customized fitness programs based on the unique needs of sport and working dogs
Advanced Fitness Training
Discover when and how to safely challenge your dog during training and when to allow time for rest and recovery
Enhanced Knowledge & Awareness
Develop a “critical eye” for evaluating a dog’s strengths and weaknesses and identify how structure can positively or negatively impact performance
Expanded Credibility as Fitness Expert
Stand out as a leader in the canine fitness world, enhance your credibility, and help others by continuing your education and becoming a Certified Canine Athlete Specialist (CCAS).
A PROVEN PROGRAM
My 5-year vision of partnering with higher educational institutions was realized in the end 2020. This means the curriculum and syllabi for our programs have gone through an extensive review process by numerous canine professionals, program and training directors, and university professors in order to receive a “stamp of approval” from organizations and institutional partners that are leaders in education and the dog world. What enabled this marked achievement was a combination of my doctoral work, decades of experience in program design and education, and a 10-year track record of working with dog owners, trainers, and working dog handlers through my business Northeast K9 Conditioning.
As a result, the Elite K9 Athlete Program has been approved for CEUs from Colorado State University Pueblo and multiple professional organizations such as the International Association of Canine Professionals (IACP) and Certification Council for Professional Dog Trainers (CCPDT). We are also recognized for the work that we do through the United States Police Canine Association (USPCA). Our expertise in the field of canine fitness is also acknolwedged through our regular contribution to Working Dog Magazine and USPCA’s Canine Courier magazine. Our work has also been highlighted in other places such as IACP’s The Canine Professional Journal and the HITS K-9 podcast.
TAKE THE NEXT STEP
As a graduate of the Elite K9 Athlete Program, you will have the option to stand out as a leader in the canine fitness world, enhance your credibility, and attract new clients by becoming a Certified Canine Athlete Specialist (CCAS). Our certification was designed for those individuals who want to demonstrate to others and/or to themselves that they have mastered a deep understanding of canine fitness.
By becoming a Certified Canine Athlete Specialist*, you’ll be in the position to design fitness programs for a wide variety of dogs. You’ll have the knowledge and skills to teach canine fitness to others. You will also acquire expertise in designing innovative, profitable programs that distinguish you from other canine professionals.
As a Certified Canine Athlete Specialist, you will have the knowledge and skills to:
- Design customized fitness programs for healthy dogs at all life stages
- Design safe, effective programs that meet the needs of pet dogs to the highest level of canine athletes
- Promote, market, and sell canine fitness courses, seminars, and workshops to a variety of audiences
- Teach canine fitness in both one-on-one and group settings
- Inspire others to improve their dogs’ health and fitness while generating more income
To become a Certified Canine Athlete Specialist (CCAS), you must enroll in and successfully complete both the Elite K9 Athlete Program and the Elite K9 Athlete Practicum. Prior to being accepted into the Practicum, you must submit your Elite K9 Athlete coursework for review and participate in at least one private coaching session with one of our faculty members or certified canine fitness coaches.
* There is an additional fee for the added certification.
ELITE K9 ATHLETE PROGRAM MODULES
Ivan Balabanov, Ot Vitosha Malinois
"Anyone who is involved (seriously) in dog sports is aware how easy it is for a dog athlete to get injured and how abruptly an amazing career can come to an end. Learning how to prevent injuries is crucial if you want to be successful. Every time I get the opportunity, I invite Erica to give presentations and share her work at my workhops. She's amazing!"
Francoise Massart, Marvel K9 Dog Training Academy
"This is a must take program for all individuals interested in maintaining a healthy canine. Both working and pet dog owners/handlers will obtain a vast amount of knowledge and techniques that will allow them to properly maintain peak condition for their dogs at all life stages. I highly recommend Erica’s programs. Learning from her will equip you with the opportunity to provide your dog with an even healthier life."
Paul V. Anthony, A&B Canine Training
"Thank you as always Dr. Erica Boling for helping me with workout ideas yesterday. As many of you know Fin and I have been chosen as alternates to represent the USA and the World Cup in France. I know that Fin will have to be in the best shape of his life to compete at such a high level so I contacted Erica who I believe is one of the best in the country at not only getting your dog in peak condition but also keeping them there. No matter if your dog is a pet or elite K9 athlete, Erica is the one to see!"
Your Next Steps
If what you’ve learned sparks your interest, submit your application today! Our admissions team will review your information and reach out with suggested next steps. This may be a 1-on-1 consultation with one of our K9 specialists or recommendations sent via email. We're here to help you decide on the perfect next step based on your goals and budget!APPLY NOW