This course will provide the participant with the didactic material for the canine strength and conditioning coach (CSCC) program.



The Canine Strength and Conditioning Coach (CSCC) Online Lecture Course will teach you how to perform a canine fitness assessment, the foundation skills needed to complete most exercises while also understanding exercise variables, functional movement, when to use stable equipment or when to add a balance challenge.

Exercise physiology will be covered in a way to help you understand what muscles are likely challenged during each exercise based on the joint action, weight distribution, and posture.  Training techniques will be covered along with how the handler’s posture, proximity to the dog and reward position affects weight shifting and posture in the dog.  Students will learn how weight shifting affects all exercises and will understand how to target the desired muscle groups with each movement.   These key concepts will help you understand how to turn foundation movements into exercises, how to increase the challenge of each exercise and when to go back to basics if needed.

(CSCC) Online Lecture Course I will provide students with the necessary foundation to attend the programs lab session, CSCC II.

(ONLINE LECTURE ONLY must be completed prior to attending labs)

Course Details



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Course Outline

Module 1: Introduction and Overview (1 hour)

  • Benefits of Canine Fitness
  • Planes of motion
  • Posture evaluation
  • Structural components to be aware of
  • Gait
  • Who should participate
  • When to refer to a veterinarian
  • Why use equipment

Module 2:  Exercise Physiology (2 hours)

  • Exercise principles
  • Exercise variables
  • Muscles
  • Muscle actions
  • Muscle actions – concentric, eccentric, isometric
  • Client History
  • Progressive program design

Module 3:  Training Concepts (1 hour)

  • Why communication is important
  • A bit about canine body language and what to watch out for
  • Looking ahead to Module 4
  • Using clickers and Marker cues
  • Why positive reinforcement is preferred
  • Hierarchy of reward
  • Reward deliver systems
  • Training Techniques for fitness
  • What training technique works for some foundation behaviors (more on this in Module 4)
  • Start with a connected dog
  • How to introduce equipment
  • Trainer resources to learn more about good dog training techniques, behavior observation and goal focused training
  • A bit about teaching humans

Module 4:  Fitness Foundation Behaviors (6 hours of instructional videos for each foundation behavior.  At a minimum you need to watch the instructional videos prior to attending the lab but you will get the most out of the lab and preparation for case studies if you try the movements with your dog.)

  • Targeting essentials for canine fitness
  • Foundation and cavaletti exercises

Module 5:  Sport Specific Module (2 hours of instructional videos showing each exercise in the fitness plans provided)

  • Agility
  • Flyball
  • Obedience
  • Pet dogs
  • Senior dogs
  • Puppies

Module 6:  Supporting Info Module (1 hour, 30 minutes)

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

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