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Chris Zink's Coaching the Canine Athlete®

February 15-17, 2020  |  6392 Deere Rd., Syracuse NY

FMI: Email Terri Botsford here or download a printable flier here

One 2-day Seminar and a 1-day Intensive Structure and Gait Analysis Seminar

Seminar 1: Coaching the Canine Athlete®

Saturday & Sunday, February 15th & 16th, 2020 9am-5pm

State-of-the-art information for participants to understand their dog’s physical structure, gait, nutrition and other topics on how the canine body works, so that they can improve their dogs’ performance and keep them healthy and injury-free.

Seminars are geared for those interested in a wide variety of performance events including agility, conformation, obedience, tracking, field, agility, lure coursing, and herding, etc. and many other aspects of canine performance. Seminars are highly interactive and provide ample opportunity for attendees and their dogs to participate in structure and gait analysis, to practice conditioning exercises with their dogs and to participate in jump training and exercises appropriate to targeted performance events. Chris alternates between lecture time and activities in which participants can work their dogs. She uses high quality visual aids including Power Point presentations and abundant slow motion videos.

Each day consists of two to three modules, with each module consisting of a lecture and discussion period followed by demonstrations and activities with participants’ dogs.

Full day 8 hours, max 30 working spots, unlimited auditors


Monday, February 17th, 2020 9am-5pm

(clinic is limited to 12 dogs and handlers who attend Feb 15 & 16)

Day 3: After the two-day Coaching the Canine Athlete® seminar. In this clinic, Chris gets up close and personal with up to 12 dogs and their handlers. She evaluates the in depth structure of each dog and discusses with the handlers the advantages and disadvantages of each dog’s build.

In addition, each dog’s gait is evaluated and handlers are shown how to maximize the movement of their individual dog to help maximize performance and reduce the risk of injuries in their chosen performance events.

Each dog and handler is provided with an individualized conditioning and fitness program, and handlers are shown how to monitor their dog for subtle signs of pain or dysfunction, long before any lameness would show up.

About Chris


Chris Zink is a specialist in canine sports medicine and rehabilitation with additional certifications in canine rehabilitation, acupuncture and chiropractic. She is the award-winning author/editor of five books and a DVD on canine sports medicine and rehabilitation, including Canine Sports Medicine and Rehabilitation, the first textbook on the subject. Dr. Zink helped establish the American College of Veterinary Sports Medicine and Rehabilitation as one of the newest specialties in veterinary medicine and is President-Elect of its Board of Directors. Dr. Zink teaches canine sports medicine and rehabilitation to dog lovers as well as veterinarians, physical therapists and veterinary technicians throughout the world. She was named Outstanding Woman Veterinarian of the Year by the Association for Women Veterinarians Foundation in 2009 and won the John J. Sherman III Award for Excellence in the Field of Veterinary Rehabilitation in 2015.

As a canine sports competitor, Dr. Zink has put over 150 titles on her dogs in agility, obedience, rally, conformation, tracking, hunt tests, barn hunts and nosework. She currently competes with her Golden Retriever, Hobby, and Norwich Terrier, Helix.

Books by Dr Chris Zink


Dr Zink will have books you can purchase during her workshop.     

Fees, Registration, & Cancellations

One day working and auditing spots available for Saturday and Sunday.  Just divide the 2 day spot in half!


FEE FOR Working spots

 Fee For Auditing spots

Saturday and Sunday, February 15-16, 2020, 9 am to 5 pm
Coaching the Canine Athlete®

$250 member sign-up starting 
$360 non-member sign-up 

$100 members, $150 non-members

Monday, February 17th, 2010, 9 am - 5 pm
Must attend Feb 15-16

$300 member sign-up starting
$360 non-member sign-up starting



Click below to register.

    A couple weeks prior to the event, we will email you with the opportunity to order lunches.


Auditors may cancel their registrations for a full refund up until  February 1st. Those with working spots may cancel for a full refund, up until January 15th. Working-spot cancellations after January 15th will receive a refund, only if we can fill your spot.

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