Jo developed a love of animals at a young age, growing up with dogs, horses and a variety of other farm animals. In recent years, building on the experience and training with her dogs, she has trained/competed/titled multiple dogs in Rally, Agility, Obedience, Fast Cat, Rally FrEe, Barn Hunt, Herding and Trick Demo’s. Her commitment to educating dog owners has led her passion on K9Fitness and Conditioning work.
Jo’s certifications include: UT-CCFT (Certified Canine Fitness Trainer), CGC/Tricks Evaluator, ATD Tester/Observer and Certified Trick Dog Instructor.
Several years ago, Houdi, her most senior pup had a shoulder injury. Not wanting to have him undergo surgery and looking for alternative ways to treat him, she stumbled into the world of Canine Rehab and Conditioning. Then, having a younger pup that was just starting on his training journey, Jo decided to learn all she could about fitness, conditioning and ways to help build up the dogs, in an effort to keep them strong and injury free.
Being a long time athlete and sports enthusiast herself, she decide to pursue her CCFT certification and extend her ability to share her knowledge and K9 Fitness training education with other dog enthusiasts, to help educate owners on the benefits of keeping their dogs fit and healthy and safe/appropriate ways to do so. Seeing the successes and improvements in her client’s dogs only fuels her passion for helping to educate dog owners on the importance of fitness work and the overall benefits it provides to the dogs.
Jo has three Australian Shepherds: “Houdi” RATI RATN RATO RA RL1-AOE OAP AJP THDA CGCA ETD, UCD URO2 “Chewie” RL1-AOE RL2-AOE RL3-AOE RN ASCA-RN NA NAJ NF RATI RATN RATO RATS CD THD ETD CGCA R-FE/NS and the newest addition, URO1 “Orion” RLP-AOE RL1-AOE BCAT CGC TKA RATI RATN RATO ASCA-RN TEAM1. Houdi and Choo are certified therapy dogs and are active members of Caring Canines and Sprite’s HERO’s Reading program, little brother Ori will be joining them soon in this venture. When not spending time with her dogs, Jo enjoys tending to her garden and chickens as well as spending time at the beach and hanging out with friends and family.
For more information, contact:
Jo Downing, UT-CCFT, FitPAWS Master Trainer
K9Konditioning • Head Trainer