A canine conditioning gym concept can be a great addition to a training club, day care centre, dog behaviour centre, boarding establishment, hydrotherapy centre, physiotherapy service, massage therapist etc. The canine industry has expanded over the last few years and more of the population are finding the massive physical and mental benefits of owning a dog, and this includes the activities you can enjoy with your dog, which are continually growing. Dog owners are also understanding that canine fitness is essential to participate in activities like agility, flyball, obedience, field trials and cani-cross, to name a few. With conditioning we can help to improve performance and reduce the risk of injury in these sports.
The K9PT course gives you the skills that are required to teach clients how to condition their dogs for a variety of sports and pet activities. This incorporates establishing the individual needs of the athlete or pet dog and providing a specific training program to improve fitness using a variety of exercises and specialist FitPAWS balance equipment safely.
The K9PT course is written and approved by a specialist Veterinary Physiotherapist, Charlotte Jarman, who is one of the industry leaders in the rehabilitation and sports conditioning sectors. The course will be presented and coached by our own K9PT, PDT and small animal hydrotherapist Hannah Johnson.
Anatomy and Physiology
Understand how the canine body systems function, this is essential to understand how to improve canine fitness.
Tissue Response to Exercise
This module covers how muscles respond and function during exercise whilst understanding the difference between muscle fibres and their recruitment in relation to conditioning.
Canine Assessment and Gait Analysis
Learn how to analyse the way a dog moves identifying particular gait patterns and abnormal postures. This is essential knowledge to identify the individual conditioning needs of each dog. In this module you will learn how to assess each dog, using static and dynamic tests. It is essential to know how to create a program based on the dogs starting ability, tailoring the program to accommodate any weaknesses.
Demands of Canine Sports and Activities
Understand the demands of individual sports to be able to identify how to condition canine athletes. Sports require strength training, but the demands of the sport determine whether they are training for sprint, endurance or control.
Behaviour and Training Methods for Conditioning
Learn the aspects of canine behaviour that are relevant when working with a variety of dogs as a K9PT. Understand how and why correct training methods are essential to effectively teach handlers to successfully complete the conditioning exercises with good form.
Principals of Canine Conditioning
Understand the theory of conditioning to be able to safely create individual training programs. This also includes how to warm up and cool down.
Under the direction of a K9PT, learn how to apply the land-based exercises and understand how they physically and mentally affect the dog. Understand how different life stages, abilities, strengths and weaknesses of the dog dictate the exercises we choose.
Practical Application of Conditioning Equipment Under the direction of a K9PT learn how to safely use FitPAWS conditioning equipment and correctly implement the use in an advanced fitness program.
For the full curriculum please scroll to the bottom of this section