Core Fitness
for Dogs

CCA Conditioning programmes

From 8 months to 14 years 

improve mobility – reduce the risk of injury – enhance performance

Group classes

In person groups of 6 or less.

Only well socialised dogs welcome

Combination of indoor and outdoor training in  Bury St Edmunds. (Weather dependant)



Take advantage of this price for the 24th March 2022 start date only.  My new format classes launch in May 2022

1-2-1  Face to face & Online

Prefer to learn 1-2-1 – face to face?

Or maybe you live in the US, Canada, Europe or elsewhere in the British Isles and would like to get the same phenomenal results for your dog but via a combination of zoom calls and lifetime access to your course through an Online learning platform.

Become a beta tester for the course for £295.  This price will increase to £495 from June 2022

Team training

Are you getting the best out of your team?  Are you all on the same page?  Extend the working life of your team by signing up for the most effective core fitness programme currently sweeping the country.

Ask for more information about specialist courses for your team at your location.  For Service, Security, Sports, Working Dogs, Pet Professionals, and Pet Dog Groups.

Prices will depend on what you need and your location.   Enquire on this page.

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What is CCA Core conditioning?

  • A deep core workout
  • A complete muscular body rebalance
  • Gentle, non-aerobic exercises improving posture and gait without abnormal loading on joints
  • Complements our dogs day to day lives.

The programmes are gentle, bespoke, adaptable, and inclusive and therefore are suitable for dogs of all ages breeds, and abilities.

Why Does Your Dog Need It?

  • Increases strength and flexibility
  • Strengthens the core to support the back and pelvis
  • Improves posture and balance
  • Good for back pain and stiffness
  • It’s just great fun!

Dogs move better, feel better, and have bags more energy!

Key Elements of Core Conditioning

Core conditioning looks to improve these key areas

The Core– Balance– Mental (Focus)– Flexibility– Cardio- Strength- Sport Specifics

Angela Day core conditioning student working balance and strength

I don’t mean balance in the sense that your dog will balance on one leg.  I mean balance of muscle in your dog’s body as many dogs are one-sided.

So how do we begin working on muscular balance?  We create new neural pathways and embed muscle memory.

During balanced, targeted movement , sensors in muscles send signals to the brain via nerves that describe body position.   This is called proprioception.

When the body repeats this exercise over and over this initial adaptation becomes the “norm”.  Much in the same way as learning how to drive.  With repeated practice the action eventually becomes automatic.

This is critical because better, more efficient balanced, movement is the key to reducing injury in our dogs.

Police dog waiting for the next Born to Run core conditioning instruction from the handler
Mental Agility

Become the dream partnership!

Did you know that dogs learn best and for longer when they are in a parasympathetic nervous system state?  In other words, when they are in rest and digest.

This is why it’s so important that when your dog is learning new, preferred movement patterns that your dog should be calm and relaxed.

These science-based exercises are slow, controlled, targeted, and very deliberate.  Over the course of 8 weeks, in addition to the visible physical and emotional changes, you will notice from weeks 2-3 that your dog is so much more concentrated and focussed on you.

Police dog performing a core conditioning stretch with Born to Run

Did you know the majority of our dogs only use around 30% of their full range of movement?  This is a shocking statistic right?

In order for a joint to remain healthy it must move through full range.  This applies to humans as well as dogs.

Does it come as a surprise that if your joints are not moved through full range they degenerate too just like overused or inappropriately used muscle does on joints?

The flexibility element of the programme improves the elasticity of the muscle, this coupled with new neural pathways improves your dogs muscle and joint health.


Buddy working around the poles in the Born to run core class

Cardio work is extremely important.  The heart fuels the organs, tissues, and muscles with oxygen and nutrient-rich blood, by pumping it around the body at the rate the body needs it – or is trained to.

We begin your cardio journey with a fabulous warm-up routine.  This is a critical element of the exercise programme.  If you don’t prepare your dogs heart for activity, and to pump all that lovely enriched blood around the body then it’s simple –  our heart/your body won’t work as effectively as your dog needs it to.  This means muscles won’t warm as they should, your dog will run out of the necessary amount of oxygen more quickly, tire more quickly and the likelihood of injury increases.

Let’s not forget the cool down.  This allows the heart to return gradually to it’s normal resting state.  By avoiding a sudden drop in blood pressure you can avoid your dog from feeling faint and unwell post exercise

Psst…!!! there are so many reasons to warm up and cool down – I have a free Why Warm up and Cool down resource available.

Molly the working spaniel at the born to run intermediate class

Here are two definitions of strength

1. “the capacity of an object or substance to withstand great force or pressure”


2. “the quality or state of being physically strong”

Most people crave the quality or state of being physically strong for themselves and their dogs and so focus on just one aspect of core conditioning or fitness.

Now replace “object” in the first definition with body and “force or pressure” to be the forces of movement.

If we only focus on strength in the way everyone else does it, your dog simply won’t be their best self!



Piper the grade 6 Agility Collie
sport specific

It’s not enough to just train the a dog for their job but you must also prepare their body for that job.  As a human athlete, most of my time was spent preparing my body for the demands of my sport (Karate and Sprinting).

Yussein Bolt famously said fo his training regime “The race is the easy part!”.

If your dogs body isn’t ready to face the demands of the job or sport then bluntly put, their working shelf life will be shorter because the risk of injury and early retirement is more likely.

During the programme, using my knowledge of the demands placed upon your dogs body in their daily life, I tie in exercises to ensure your their body is match fit.

You might have to change your movement habits to keep up!

All CCA elements work together to give your dog the most phenomenal Core!

How Does Poor Core Strength Affect My Dog?

Poor core strength and body awareness results in slowing down, reduced focus, inflexibility, and flagging energy levels.

Poor footwork leads to mistimed obstacles, apparent clumsiness, accidents, and an increased likelihood of injury.

Uneven loading on joints impacts joint health too!

Head over to my booking page to check out the available packages.

Why train with Born to Run?

your Coach

Licensed CCA Coach

Canine Massage Practitioner

Canine Massage Guild & IAAT Member

Licensed CMTC Workshop Instructor


Experienced physical therapist (5+Years)

Angela Day

bespoke plans

Born to Run celebrates what makes our dogs unique.  Different breeds, life experiences, ages, and abilities.

I tailor plans to suit each dog.  One size does not fit all.

Slow controlled and targeted these plans help to build the core and fitness levels safely, gently and sustainably.

your goals

Owners give Born to Run a fabulous 5 stars!

I want my dog to be fitter and to help avoid injury

To prepare my dog for competition

To increase my dogs working life

To improve focus and performance

To keep my arthritic dog moving

I want to help my dog to lose weight

What would you like to achieve? 


“Aside from the physical changes, I noticed her really starting to think about her leg placements.  She loved learning the techniques and engaging both her brain and body.

I HIGHLY recommend the course to anyone with a sighthound as it reminds them there is another gear between standing still and super speedy!”

Juliette & Layla

“Angela has transformed my young border collie.  He was averaging 38 secs on an agility jump run – this improved to 32/33 seconds by week 5!

I truly believe without Angela’s help my collie would have not been able to do all the activities we do together”


Charlie & Ronnie

“More playful when in teaching with me, less obvious stiffness in hind end.

Budd’s flexibility greatly improved and range of movement beyond all expectations.

It’s a full-on commitment but 100% worth it to get a stronger dog.  Love love loved it!”

Helen & Buddy


does my dog need core conditioning?

Below are some of the most common signs of muscular imbalance or weakened core.

If your dog:

    • Turns easier one way versus the other.
    • Needs gentle exercise as part of a weight-loss plan
    • Cannot hold a square sit or stand.
    • Cannot hold a sphinx in the down.
    • Back arches in the middle  (Roaching)
    • Back dips in the middle (Swayback)
    • Has flagging energy levels
    • Lacks Flexibility
    • Uneven movement (Gait)
    • Appears clumsy, poor foot placement
    • Performance issues
    • Lacks hindquarter drive
    • Poor forelimb reach
    • Hypertonic lumbar muscle

Please Note: If you are concerned for your dog you should first seek the advice of your vet.

what are the benefits of a strong core?

There are many physiological benefits of core conditioning. However, the list below is what you will physically evident.

Your dog will be visibly:

    • moving better
    • looking better
    • be fitter
    • faster
    • stronger
    • more flexible
    • more physically balanced
    • bouncing with energy
    • more focussed on the handler
    • more driven
    • more precise with foot placement

Of course all of this means your dog will be better equipped to avoid injury!

is this class just for sport/working dogs?

No, this class is an inclusive class that’s suitable for dogs of all ages from working/sport dogs to pet dogs.

I adapt exercise plans to individually suit your dog’s breed, lifestyle, and ability.

I coach dogs from 18 months to 14 years, from those with no issues to those diagnosed with arthritis and hip dysplasia.  In every case, when the plan has been followed as set, I’ve witnessed the most incredible changes.

If you are unsure as to whether or not your dog can participate please contact me to discuss your options.

what happens on day 1 of the programme?

If you have joined a face to face class

Before we begin we will need a start point.  this is so that I can evidence changes to you.

1. I will take measures of your dog’s key muscles and stride length

2.  I will photograph your dog in a stand and a sit.

3.  Then you can pop into the kitchen a grab a cup of tea or coffee and some biccies and cake.  Or stretch your legs on the field outside the hall.

4.  Once ready everyone will come back to the hall where I will tell you more about what to expect during the programme.

5. We will follow up with some simple assessments

6 You take home a couple of exercises you’ll perform just twice before week 2 – just to get you started!

what do i bring to class?

You will need plenty of whatever you use to reward your dog for a good job done!  (Treats or toys or praise)

Bring a water bowl and some water and a pen.

If you normally use a harness please bring a collar and lead for your dog to work on.

It’s optional but you could bring a mat for your dog to settle on while we set up.

Bring whatever makes you and your dog comfortable.


will my dog be working on lead?

All dogs work on a collar and lead rather than in harness.

Dogs remain on lead in class at least for the first 4 weeks until we establish emotional balance in the room.  I find that after this time dogs are only interested in their owners because the energy in the room is calm and focussed.

will i have any homework exercises?

Yes.  At the beginning of the programme you will have a couple of exercises the warm-up and the cool down.

You will do your exercises twice a week.

To begin with, it will take you around 15 mins – by week 4 it will take you around 1hr – 1hr 15mins.

To get the very best support you may have opted for your package to include you uploading videos of your exercises to a private group so that I can continue to help you tweak and fine-tune, without you having to wait to get to class.


Will I need to buy expensive equipment?

Many people opt to buy a set of 10 cones and poles.

However, the beauty of this programme is that you can improvise with whatever you may have laying around at home or in the garden.

I do recommend however you look at ways to film you performing exercises to make them easier to upload.



Born To Run

Core Training

8 Week Foundation (Thurs):     6:30- 7:30pm        £160-£240

6 Week Intermediate (Thurs):  7:45pm- 8:45pm  £100

1-2-1  (Timing / location as agreed)                         £220 – £240