Online Lecture for CCFT


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This program will provide an overview of the regulatory issues involved in this field of practice, canine anatomy and physiology, behavior, nutrition, first aid and emergency procedures, and an overview of pharmacology and pharmacologic precautions.  An emphasis is included on the prevention and care of athletic injuries, canine strength and conditioning, therapeutic modalities, and assessment of fitness.  Canine sports and working dogs and the requirements of their various sports and activities are also covered.

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Learning Objectives

Learning Objectives:

  • Regulatory Issues for the Cainine Fitness Trainer
  • Canine Anatomy/Physiology
  • Overview of Canine Behavior
  • Principles of Canine Nutrition
  • Review of Structural and Mechanical Kinesiology
  • The Prevention and Care of Athletic Injuries
  • Canine Strength and Conditioning
  • Understanding Pharmacology Precautions
  • An Introduction to Therapeutic Modalities
  • Assessment of Physical Fitness
  • An Overview of Canine Sports and Working Dogs


Participants must complete all online lecture’s prior to attending live labs sessions.Certified Canine Fitness Trainer Program (CCFT) Live Hands-on Lab: June 3-5, 2016 (Longmont, CO)-257

The program is open to the following:

  • Veterinarians
  • Veterinary Technicians
  • Physical Therapists
  • Physical Therapist Assistants
  • Dog Behaviorists
  • Certified Dog Trainers
  • Performance Dog Trainers who have titled dogs in either: agility, obedience, rally obedience, IPO/protection sports, tracking, and/or field work at a level of open or above.

Dog Handling Experience:

  • Minimum 3 years of dog handling experience must be provided (i.e. business license, trainer certifications, performance sport credentials, contracted work, etc.).
  • Other proofs may be considered, but are not guaranteed to meet this requirement

Basic Training Concepts

  • Understand and be able to apply Positive Reinforcement training concepts (i.e. luring, shaping)

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Hours of online content:  23 hours

  • Testing  (Completion required prior to attending labs)
  • Downloadable handout


  • Documented work experience in an animal healthcare facility, documented dog handling experience with proven track record, and/or 2 year Associates degree (minimum).
  • Documentation of work experience or proof of degree required.
  • Require statement and signature that will not allow students to diagnose or prescribe.
  • Program only for conditioning, training, and exercise.
  • Successful completion of online course, text, hands-on workshop and participation, as well as completion of case studies is required prior to receiving certification.  The title of CCFT cannot be used by students enrolled in the program.  Use of CCFT credentials without successful completion of online coursework, text, hands-on workshop and participation, as well as completion of case studies will result in permanent exclusion from the program and future opportunitites.


  1. Introduction
  2. Anatomy/Physiology
  3. Behavior
  4. Nutrition
  5. Structural / Mechanical Kinesiology
  6. Prevention & Care of Athletic Injuries
  7. Strength & Conditioning
  8. Pharmacology Precautions
  9. Therapeutic Modalities
  10. Assessment of Physical Fitness
  11. Canine Sports & Working Dogs

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