Senior Pup-Pilates

That's right, it's like pilates for your senior pup!

Senior Pup-pilates is a six-week physical fitness class that combines training and activities to help your senior pet stay physically and mentally fit. Just like people, senior dogs experience age-related muscle loss, making them susceptible to injury and pain. During pup-pilates class, the instructors will teach you physical rehabilitation exercises to improve your dog’s balance, strength, endurance and flexibility. Exercises will be tailored to your dog’s individual needs to ensure a safe and fun learning experience for senior dogs of all abilities.

Frequency & Duration: 75 minutes per week for 6 weeks

Fee: $275 (If your dog was adopted from a shelter or 501(c)(3) rescue group, the fee is $250).  Auditing spaces (human-only attendance) are available for $100. If interested in auditing, please contact or 415-522-3509.

Course prerequisites: Dogs must be 8 years of age or older, and able to be handled gently by a friendly stranger. Dogs should have adequate mobility such that they are able to transition from a sit to a stand without difficulty, and are able to stand and walk. Dogs should be comfortable around other dogs on-leash. Dogs should be current on vaccinations or have adequate titer.

Location: Multi-Purpose Room, 243 Alabama Street

Class includes: Handouts and Certificate of Completion.  Some equipment used in class will be available for optional purchase, for in-home practice.

Class capacity: 10 dogs

Instructors: Dr. Ilana Strubel and Maureen Backman


Upcoming Classes:

There are no sections scheduled at this time. We post sections regularly, so please check again soon!


Ilana Strubel MA, DVM, CVSMT, CCRT has been in small animal veterinary practice since 1995, always with a special interest in Integrative Medicine.  She completed a fellowship with the UC Davis Veterinary Behavior Service in 2005 and later became certified in Veterinary Spinal Manipulation Therapy (CVSMT/Chiropractic) and Canine Acupressure .

In 2014 she became a Certified Canine Rehabilitation Therapist (CCRT) with additional training in Sports Medicine and Conditioning, Geriatric Patient Rehabilitation, Nutrition, and Veterinary Orthotics and Prosthetics.

 A Well Adjusted Pet, owned by Dr. Ilana Strubel, is a veterinary practice specializing in physical rehabilitation and alternative medicine.  With dedicated facilities within The Rex Center in Pacifica, she offers physical rehabilitation including underwater treadmill, custom targeted exercise, laser and electrical stimulation therapies, and chiropractic care. 

When not working, Dr. Ilana loves to spend time with her family, including wife Michelle, and her rescue dogs Pinky, Ziggy, Cherry, and her Muttville senior dog rescue Frasier!


Maureen Backman, MS, CTC, PCT-A is the owner of Mutt About Town, which offers private dog training services in the San Francisco Bay Area. Maureen’s particular strength is combining her knowledge of counseling along with her studies in animal learning and behavior to help humans understand how to communicate and work with their dogs. She is strongly committed to using only force-free training methods.

Maureen is the founding director of The Muzzle Up! Project. Through partnering with local businesses, rescues and trainers, not only in San Francisco but across the world, Muzzle Up! aims to educate the public about dog behavior, safety, and why we don’t need to fear muzzles.

She graduated with honors from Jean Donaldson’s prestigious Academy for Dog Trainers, is certified in training by the Pet Professional Guild, and has a master’s degree in rehabilitation psychology from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. 

She lives in San Francisco with her senior dog and Muttville rescue, Earl.


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