- The University of Tennessee Canine Fitness Trainer Program (CCFT) is a recognized premiere program in canine fitness globally.
- Hybrid learning model (a combination of e-learning and face-to-face teaching)
- IV modules
- Language of instruction: English
- The tuition for the academic CCFT program includes access to the online learning platform (e-learning, course material; 3-years access, can be extended), onsite lab days (choose one location), evaluation of the case studies, the final exam and the CCFT certificate.
- Not included are travel and accomodation expenses.
- It is essential that you have appropriate internet access to participate in the relevant e-learning modules.
Certified Canine Fitness Trainer Program (CCFT)
Academic Certified Canine Fitness Trainer (CCFT) Program
Language of instruction: English
Learning model: hybrid learning (“blended learning”: a combination of e-learning and face-to-face teaching)
- The academic CCFT program is open to Certified Dog Trainers, Dog Behaviorists, Veterinary Technicians/Nurses, Veterinarians, Physical Therapists, Physical Therapist Assistants
- Dog Handling Experience: Documentation of work experience or proof of degree is required.
- Minimum 3 years of dog handling experience (i.e. business license, trainer certifications, performance sport credentials, contracted work, etc.).
- The work experience can be completed e.g., in an animal healthcare facility; documented dog handling experience with a proven track record, and/or 2-year Associates degree (minimum) is required.
- Other qualifications may be considered, but are not guaranteed to meet this requirement.
- Knowledge of Basic Training Concepts:
- Understand and be able to apply positive reinforcement training concepts (i.e. luring, shaping)
The University of Tennessee Certified Canine Fitness Trainer (CCFT) is the only world-wide academic program for canine fitness education. It provides students with the knowledge and skills required to become a certified Canine Fitness Trainer. The program covers a range of topics related to canine fitness and conditioning, such as canine anatomy, body mechanics, functional movement, behavior, and nutrition. The academic program is designed to provide students with a comprehensive understanding of canine fitness and prepare them to coach, train, and better understand the fundamentals of canine fitness and conditioning.
The academic program consists of four modules that need to be completed in order.
The course consists of CCFT I e-learning (25 hours) and CCFT II onsite lab days (3 days) followed by CCFT III case reports (3 reports) and finally the online CCFT IV exam. CCFT I needs to be finished before the onsite lab days, as it provides you the necessary background needed for the labs and interactive exercises and case discussions.
CCFT II covers Canine exercise assessment, anatomy (foundation), behavior, the development of specific canine exercise programs, fitness equipment and also includes the fitness business development.
Advantages of the CCFT Academic Program
The way the course is presented, opportunities for questions and discussions continue beyond the actual teaching and hands-on practice schedule. Interaction in small groups between students with different abilities and specialties maximizes the learning potential. The course combines evidence-based theoretical knowledge, up-to-date research information and an interactive animal lab. The importance of as well as information on how to utilize the dog’s entire team of health providers is greatly emphasized.