Certified Canine Fitness Trainer (CCFT)

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CCFT On-Line Course + Live Lab = Certified Canine Fitness Trainer Credential

Continuing Education Units (CEUs) by both the CCPDT (Certification Council of Professional Dog Trainers) and the IAABC (International Association of Animal Behavior Consultants

  • August 9-11, 2017 – Knoxville, TN*
  • November 3-5, 2017 – Longmont, CO
  • November 10-12, 2017 – Derby, UK

Register – www.utvetce.com/canine-fitness-ccft

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. – Register – www.utvetce.com/canine-fitness-ccft

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 U.S.

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 both the online and the hands-on lab courses to receive the UT-CCFT credential. Successful completion requirements include passing grades for both the online exam, case studies, and lab exam. 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 University of Tennessee website www.utvetce.com and www.FitPAWSUSA.com websites.

Canine Fitness and Conditioning

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.

The University of Tennessee, University Outreach and Continuing Education and FitPAWS® (Ball Dynamics International, LLC) is now offering a new certificate program for canine fitness: The Certified Canine Fitness Trainer Program. The graduates of this program strengthen the growth of this young field by sharing their newfound knowledge of canine fitness and conditioning with the Canine Health team which may include, veterinarians, trainers, behaviorists, dog handlers, colleagues, and animal owners.

WHY OUR PROGRAM?

 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.
  • Our instructors have made significant research contributions and published much of the available literature in canine physical rehabilitation.
  • Emphasis on evidenced-based medicine.
  • Access to the latest clinical and laboratory research results presented by faculty who have performed research directly applicable to case management, often prior to publication.
  • 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.

 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.

MISSION

 To promote the art and science of canine fitness and conditioning.

This will be achieved by:

  • Educating professionals in the principles and practical application of canine fitness and conditioning;
  • Promoting and supporting research that will advance the knowledge, skill and treatment of canine fitness and conditioning; and
  • Making the benefits of canine fitness and conditioning known to the fields of veterinary medicine, physical therapy, dog trainers, behaviorists and other related professions.

ELIGIBILITY

  • 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, live lab and participation, completion of case studies, and exam 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, hands-on workshop and participation, completion of case studies and exam will result in permanent exclusion from the program and future opportunities.

PREREQUISITES FOR CCFT ONLINE AND LAB SERIES:

The program is open to the following:

  • Veterinarians
  • Veterinary Technicians
  • Physical Therapists
  • Physical Therapy 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).

 NOTE: If you do not meet the basic training eligibility requirements, then please consider additional training:

Certified Canine Fitness Trainer Certification Requirements:

To receive your CCFT Certificate from the University of Tennessee the following must be completed successfully in this order:

  • On-Line Course Completion
    • 23 Hours
  • Live Hands-On Lab Completion (FitPAWS® Master Trainer™)
    • 20 Hours
    • 100% Participation
      • Includes Group and Individual Hands-on Work with Dogs
    • Case Studies
      • Completion and passing of graded case studies (>=80%)– due 3 months after the last day of the course.
    • Exam
      • If student passes case studies (>=80%) will be allowed to take on-line exam.
      • Exam is objective, and timed and must be passed with a grade of >=80% on the first try.
    • Code of Conduct
      • Signed Code of Conduct by Student
      • Student agrees in writing not to diagnose or prescribe treatment (unless they are a Veterinarian).
  • NOTE: Use of CCFT credentials without successful completion of on-line coursework and completion of all requirements for Live Hands-On Lab (see above) will result in PERMANENT exclusion from the program and future opportunities.

 CCFT I:  ONLINE COURSE DESCRIPTION – $599

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 prevention and care of athletic injuries, canine strength and conditioning, therapeutic modalities, and assessment of fitness. Canine sporting and working dogs and the requirements of their various sports and activities are also covered.

Learning Objectives:

  • Regulatory Issues for the Canine 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

CCFT II:  LAB COURSE DESCRIPTION: – $899

 This course will provide the participant with lecture and hands-on experience in which participants will be guided through a standardized canine fitness assessment, exercise form, and program design with live dogs. Hands-on experiences for selected equipment used in canine fitness and conditioning are incorporated including balance, strength, cardio, flexibility, and mental foundation elements. This course also provides the participant with the basic fitness assessment skills necessary to create an exercise program for dogs. Topics covered include basic exercise physiology, gait training, strengthening exercises, balance and proprioceptive exercises, and exercises for wellness/prevention. Outcome measures (Gulick circumferential measurements, etc.) will also be practiced in this course.

Max Live Lab Participants: 30 Students

Learning Objectives:

Canine Exercise Anatomy (ASSESSMENT)

  • Fitness Assessments – History, Evaluation, Behavior Cues, & Body Tests
  • Gait Evaluations
  • Fitness Palpation

Correct Canine Fitness Exercise Form (TECHNIQUE)

 Proper Technique, Position, & Creative Encouragement

  • Correlation of Form & Function
  • When & Why to Refer to Professionals

Canine Behavior Techniques for Exercise (BEHAVIOR)

  • Positive Reinforcement Encouraging Behavioral Transition
  • Client & Canine Interactions

Develop Specific Canine Exercise Programs (PROGRAM DESIGN)

  • Canine Life Stages & Special Canine Populations
  • Target Specific Body Areas, Muscle Groups & Injury Prevention
  • Exercise Progressions & Variables

Canine Equipment Guidelines (EQUIPMENT)

 Proper Use & Safety

  • Equipment Use & Choice
  • Canine Specific Equipment vs. Human Specific Equipment

Canine Fitness Business Development (BUSINESS)

  • Marketing Tools & Programs
  • Best Practices for Canine Fitness Programs

CCFT III:  CASE STUDIES – $129.00

After completion of CCFT I (Online Lecture Series) and CCFT II (Hands-On Lab Series), students are eligible for the case study portion of the program.  Students will be required to submit three case studies.

CCFT IV:  ONLINE EXAM – $99.00

After successful completion of CCFT I (Online Lecture Series), CCFT II (Hands-On Lab Series) and CCFT III (Case Studies), students are eligible to sit for the online final exam.

The CCFT II – Live Lab has been approved for Continuing Education Units (CEUs) by both the CCPDT (Certification Council of Professional Dog Trainers) and the IAABC (International Association of Animal Behavior Consultants).

Register – www.utvetce.com/canine-fitness-ccft