About

My name is Sarah and I am the owner of Sit Stay Squat, ​Human-Canine Fitness Services.

Growing up, I always knew I wanted to work with animals, but that enthusiasm waned as a teenager once I discovered bodybuilding. I became so consumed in researching and fulfilling my fitness goals that I left little room for much else – including my dream of becoming a veterinarian.

My passion for fitness certainly didn’t diminish my love for animals, but taking fitness to the extreme that I did unfortunately left little room for much else. I often found it difficult to keep up with daily walks for my dog on top of my rigorous exercise regimen, but the guilt I felt for putting my exercise needs above her own started to weigh on me.

Then it hit me! Why choose one or the other?

I began replacing my traditional workouts with exercises that could involve my dog, and we had a lot of fun doing so! Despite being a toy breed, Missy made the most motivating workout partner I could ask for – always excited to run up a hill or set of stairs and blissfully content as I incorporated bodyweight exercises, bands, balls and weights for myself. Using positive reinforcement, I was even able to convince her to perform similar exercises to the ones I was doing!

I was ecstatic to finally realize I could combine both of my interests into a unique service that would benefit many people and their pets. I have since spent countless hours researching human and canine fitness, motivating me to obtain multiple certifications and even traveling to Illinois to become a certified K9 Fit Club Master Trainer.

I hope you will give me the opportunity to prove just how rewarding and beneficial exercising in this way can be for both you and your dog!

 

Ongoing training and certificates

K9 Fit Club Master Trainer Certification – 2017

The Dog House Training Academy Professionals Course on Canine Behavior & Training Methodology ​- 2018

AFLCA Group Fitness Instructor – 2017

AFLCA Mind Body Designation – 2018

Wizard of Paws CC310 Canine Fitness Trainer 1 ​- 2018

Wizard of Paws CC320 Canine Fitness Trainer 2 ​- 2018

Wizard of Paws CC330 Canine Fitness Trainer 2 ​- 2018

Walks ‘N’ Wags Pet First Aid – 2018

St. Johns Ambulance CPR – 2017

FitPAWS Fun-D-Mentals – 2017

Dean Somerset’s Post Rehab Essentials V.2.0 – 2017​​

Pawsitive Performance K9 Conditioning Foundations for Performance Dogs – 2018

Pawsitive Performance K9 Conditioning for Puppies & Seniors – 2018

Fenzi Dog Sports Academy Developmental Orthopedic Diseases in Dogs – 2018

Fenzi Dog Sports Academy Keeping Seniors in Shape – 2018

Bodyworks is Beautiful ‘Active dog’ Massage Workshop ​- 2018

Bodyworks is Beautiful ‘Senior dog’ Massage Workshop ​- 2018