LAB Location:  Virtual Integrated Attendance Only


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(CSCC II Hands-on Labs, VIRTUAL Only)

The Certified Canine Strength and Conditioning Coach Program

Provides the participant with hands-on experience in which participants will be guided through a standardized canine posture 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, dog training, gait training, strengthening exercises, balance and proprioceptive exercises, and exercises for wellness/prevention.

During the lab each student will demonstrate that they understand concepts learned in the online portion of the course.   Students will demonstrate exercises with their dog or a dog that is provided.  Students will also participate in a mock class to practice the concepts learned in the online environment.   Preparing for and teaching in person and online private lessons will be demonstrated.

Two weeks after the lab, the instructors will provide a coaching call to answer questions to help you successfully complete the three case studies.

  • Demonstrate and practice the following;
    • Understanding of correct exercise form
    • Ability to train desired exercises and movements
    • Foundation exercises
    • Understanding of evaluating posture
    • Understanding of how to choose correct exercises for the dog
    • Knowledge of reps, sets, and exercise variables
  • Teach Mock group classes and/or private lesson (even online students can do this) students to give instructions on how to teach the exercise, what to look for to achieve correct form etc.


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Event Details

LIVE INTEGRATED VIRTUAL LAB Course Only on August 8-10, 2025
(meeting details will be sent a week prior to the course)

Registration: 8:30am PST
9:00am - 6:00pm - Friday, Saturday and Sunday

Hours:  27 Hours

Start date: August 08, 2025

End date: August 10, 2025

Start time: 09:00 a.m. PDT

End time: 06:00 p.m. PDT

Venue: Virtual Attendance Only @ Pawsitive Performance

Course Details

Course Length



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Course Outline

The CSCC lab will consist of hands-on work with dogs, instructor demonstrations, and testing students on concepts learned throughout the online modules and lab.

  • exercises to improve posture
  • matching exercises to muscle actions
  • matching exercise to movements and behaviors
  • review of posture evaluation and optional hands-on evaluation
  • how to match what the dog knows to program design
  • training skills to improve communication between handler and dog
  • equipment choices – when, why and how to change equipment
  • student teaching
  • program design practice
  • prepare for and watch instructors complete a private lesson in person and one online via zoom. 
  • participate in mock fitness class
  • business development
  • case study requirements

Lab Course Schedule/Topics

Canine Exercise Anatomy (ASSESSMENT)

– Fitness Assessments - History, Posture Evaluation, Observations
– Gait Evaluations
– Range of Motion

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 Training techniques to “Get the dog to do it”
– Marker cues, It’s Yer Choice (IYC), Pattern Training
– Client & Canine Interactions

Develop Specific Canine Exercise Programs (PROGRAM DESIGN)
– Design Exercise Plans Based on What the Dog Can Do
– Through Training, Increasing Strength and Proprioception, Progress the Program
– Target Specific Body Areas, Muscle Groups & Injury Prevention
– Exercise Progressions & Variables

Canine Equipment Guidelines (EQUIPMENT)
– Proper Use & Safety
– Equipment Use & Choice
– Wide Variety of Platforms
– Household Items

Canine Fitness Business Development (BUSINESS)
– How to Teach In-person and Online Lessons
– Best Practices for Canine Fitness Classes

CSCC Program 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

PLEASE NOTE:  Online lectures for CSCC I must completed before you attend LABS.
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.

CSCC Program Learning Objectives

  • 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

Additional Info

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