North Carolina State University

Certified Canine strength and conditioning coach (CSCC)


The Certified Canine Strength and Conditioning Coach (CSCC) program is intended for professionals that want to understand and implement proper canine training techniques, foundational training, exercises specific to canine movement, safe and effective use of equipment, and program design specific to each individual client’s needs.

The CSCC program presents real world applications for the concepts of canine fitness and functional exercise.  Using a hybrid format of online lecture and hands-on training will enhance the learning process of the most important canine fitness and exercise concepts.

The CSCC program will give you the knowledge and hands-on applications to be able to design safe and effective exercise plans that are specific to a dog’s structure and activities.

A key component to the program includes creating a comprehensive canine conditioning plan that will implement the following;

  • Strength and balance exercises
  • Exercises specific to the dog’s needs
  • Sprint and/or endurance work
  • Sport and activity specific exercises
  • Flexibility exercise
  • Mental challenges


The program consists of 4 modules to be completed in order: 

CSCC II - Hands-on Live Lab Dates

LABS: Both In Person with an integrated Virtual option

Please be aware that the lab is taught in English. Any interpreters that may be needed is the students responsibility. Please make arrangements ahead of time and notify NES @ before the lab if you will have an interpreter present both for in-person and virtual options.


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.

Why our program?

Our program offers the following advantages: 

  • If you are looking for a program that presents real world application for the concepts of canine fitness, strength and conditioning, the CSCC program is for you.
  • Commitment to presenting the most up to date, comprehensive curriculum that provides a strong foundation to develop a results-driven program that utilizes a standardized fitness assessment on which to build and improve the practices of canine fitness, strength and conditioning.
  • The CSCC program is delivered in a hybrid format of preparatory online lectures that can be started at any time.  Followed with a hands-on lab session, case studies and online final exam.
  • Instruction by faculty that specialize in canine fitness, exercise, functional exercise, strength and conditioning.
  • Promotion of safe and effective practices in canine fitness, exercise, strength and conditioning training.

Learning Objectives

After successful completion of the CSCC program, students will be able to demonstrate the following; 

  • An understanding of correct canine exercise form
  • The ability to train desired exercises and movements
  • Canine fitness foundation exercises
  • The understanding of evaluating posture
  • How to choose correct exercises for a specific dog
  • The knowledge of repetitions, sets, and exercise variables
  • Design an exercise program for the individual client
  • Be able to teach mock group classes and/or private lesson, and provide instructions on how to teach the exercise, and what to look for to achieve correct form
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Prerequisites and Intended Audience

Intended Audience:  We have students from a variety of backgrounds in canine fitness, exercise, dog training and other related fields that enroll in our program.  Student backgrounds include (but not limited to):

Certified Dog Trainers
Agility professionals
Dock Diving Professionals
Canine Exercise and Fitness Trainers
Field Trial Professionals
Military and Police Background
Search and Rescue Professionals
Veterinarians / Veterinary Technicians
Canine Physiotherapy Professionals

I’m really enjoying the CSCC course. I’m not new to fitness or training, however I am still learning heaps and benefiting from the clarity and structure of the content. I LOVE the emphasis on the training skills and foundation behaviors required. And the section on program design is super helpful. I’m sure I’m going to come out of it a more confident and capable coach for my clients (a varied mix of seniors, pet and sport)


I was nervous going into the case study portion of this certification but once I got into it, I had so much fun and built so much confidence in my knowledge and ability!

These dogs amazed me with how much they could learn and how quickly they picked it up. I have never thought of myself as a trainer or interested in behavior training, but your guidance and teaching encouraged me and showed me how marvelous it is to be able to communicate with another species. I mainly work with guide and service dogs so I can’t use all of the training skills that I learned in my job but seeing the difference it made in the pet dog that I worked with and with my own dog has been incredible.

In my job I am used to teaching our daily rotating volunteers how to lead the dogs through the exercises and usually I show through example first, so it was a new challenge to teach through verbal direction and I was able to practice each day. The volunteers that I worked with for Simba and Journey raved about how much they were learning, how effective and interesting the exercises were, and how well the dogs learned what we were asking of them. I strongly believe that this information will bring new perspective and better workouts to help us support these amazing and life changing dogs.

Thank you for teaching this information and for always being available for questions!