Dogs are great! But . . .
while working hard at your job all day with a dog home alone all day, you wonder what kind of destruction or energy you might come home to. And after work, you have little energy for doing things with your dog until the weekend. Then you wonder if you’re risking injury to yourself and your dog by being just weekend warriors. What to do?
Imagine Nirvana instead
Imagine coming home, changing your clothes, and spending 15 minutes in active play with your dog. Feel the stresses of the day melt away as you let go of your day and focus on your dog. Look into your dog’s eyes and see them light up as she responds eagerly to you with an open mind.
Feel the euphoria of seeing your dog respond to your guidance and do movements with her body that you didn’t imagine a dog could do – all because you know how to encourage and teach her.
How can this transformation occur? Come to Dogs in Action. Ann will give you a plan for just 15 minutes a day. (Or more if you want it.) Your dog and your relationship with her will be changed for good.
Ann R. Howie . . .
began training dogs professionally in 2000. She has brought animals and people together professionally through animal-assisted interactions (licensed as a counselor) since 1989. In 2017, Ann changed the focus of her services to canine wellness. Ann is a Certified Canine Fitness Trainer (CCFT) through the University of Tennessee School of Veterinary Medicine and FitPAWS ®. A CCFT is trained in canine assessment, body mechanics, anatomy, functional movement, behavior, nutrition, and injury prevention and care. She also has a certificate as a Canine Conditioning Coach. As a result of her experience and training, Ann is skilled with dogs of many breeds and breed types and with people of diverse backgrounds and cultures.
Dogs in Action…
focuses on compassionate and respectful handling of your dog’s needs. Ann compassionately assesses your dog’s needs and accommodates his/her physical limitations/condition.
Dogs in Action is unique in having the only Certified Canine Fitness Trainer (CCFT) between Portland, Oregon, and Seattle, Washington.
massage, Reiki, Healing Touch, veterinary chiropractor, veterinary acupuncturist, etc.).
Dogs in Action is a registered entity of Human-Animal Solutions, PLLC.
Here is what Dogs in Action does for your dog:
- Assess functionality and performance
- Develop an individual plan of action
- Formulate fitness training for all ages and abilities
- Provide prehab conditioning before surgery
- Create a conditioning program for canine athletes, working dogs, show dogs, and pet dogs
- Design achievable activities to keep senior dogs active and comfortable
- Prepare a fun and manageable exercise program for weight management
- Provide information about complementary providers (massage, chiropractic, acupuncture, Reiki, Healing Touch, etc.)
- Plans can include both in-clinic sessions and in-home exercises
“When I work with a client, I start by asking the owner to talk with his/her veterinarian and obtain veterinary approval for an exercise program. I also ask the owner to complete a history form and review and sign an informed consent statement before I conduct a physical assessment of the dog. I then develop a plan of action in coordination with the owner. My plans are tailored to each dog’s specific needs and abilities. A total health plan addresses five areas: strength, balance, flexibility, cardio, and mental fitness. Due to practical and physical limitations, some canine clients have plans that address fewer than those five areas. I welcome the primary and/or specialty veterinarian’s input. I teach owners how to teach their dogs to perform the exercises, and I provide written instructions. In follow-up visits, I assure that correct form is being followed, and I design additional exercises as needed for continued improvement or changes in direction.”