The Certified Canine Fitness Trainer Program (CCFT)

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The Certified Canine Fitness Trainer (CCFT) course combines two great programs into one prestigious credential. Developed by the University of Tennessee and FitPAWS® (FitPAWS® Master Trainer™), the CCFT program provides students with the essential qualifications and tools to become an effective university credentialed Canine Fitness Trainer.

The program provides essential concepts of canine body mechanics, anatomy, functional movement, behavior, nutrition, and an overview of regulatory issues and precautions for those desiring to coach, train or better understand the fundamentals of canine fitness and conditioning.

Students will be taught through a blended learning environment that includes online course work and a live lab to minimize time in the classroom and maximize time with their hands on dogs. After the online coursework is completed students may participate in one of several live lab sessions held throughout the year.

Students will advance their understanding and skills with hands-on labs focused on conducting standardized canine fitness assessments utilizing the Canine Fitness Performance™ (CFP™) methodology, injury prevention and care, program design and implementation. An emphasis is included on movement identification and correction as well as the opportunity to explore specialty life stage requirements for working and sporting dogs, puppies, seniors and pet dogs.

Students must complete the online modules, hands-on lab coursework, case studies and online exam with a passing grade for all components to receive the UT-CCFT credential.  Attendees who pass all requirements will receive a certificate from the University of Tennessee. Graduates of the UT-CCFT program will be listed and displayed on the www.utvetce.com and www.FitPAWSUSA.com websites.

WHY OUR PROGRAM?
The Certified Canine Fitness Trainer Program is for those interested in understanding proper canine exercise form, technique, behavior, and program design for optimum performance and injury prevention using science based, force-free training methods and canine-specific conditioning equipment.

As a Certified Canine Fitness Trainer, you will have the opportunity to provide guidance, expert instruction and immediate feedback to the dogs you work with and their handlers. As well, to understand your role as a Canine Fitness Trainer and a valued member of the Canine Health team that supports proactive foundations to the health and well-being of dogs in any life stage – from puppy to senior.

Our program offers the following advantages: 

  • The University of Tennessee Certificate Program in Canine Fitness is the only program for Canine Fitness to win the distinguished Outstanding Non-Credit Program Award by the Association for Continuing Higher Education.
  • Instruction by veterinarians and physical therapists, the majority of whom are board certified by the American College of Veterinary Surgeons and the American Board of Physical Therapy Specialties. Instructional support by leading dog trainers, vet techs, personal fitness trainers, FEMA search and rescue trainers, and performance sports competitors.
  • Successful Canine Conditioning programs that rely upon in-depth communication between the dog and handler.
  • Commitment to presenting a comprehensive curriculum that provides a solid foundation upon which to develop a results-driven fitness program that utilizes a standardized fitness assessment on which to build and improve the practice of canine fitness and conditioning.
  • Upon successful completion of the program and examination, participants receive the designation of Certified Canine Fitness Trainer (CCFT).

GOAL
To educate professionals who share a common interest in helping develop proactive fitness and conditioning programs that helps reduce the chance of injury, and encourages lifelong canine health through exercise.