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Online CPD for Dog Trainers & Behaviourists (NDCC)

Online CPD for Dog Trainers & Behaviourists (NDCC)

Are you a dog behavourist or trainer who would like to enhance their knowledge by being able to identify and connect physical causes with underlying issues and behaviours? This course will teach you to critically examine a dog’s posture, which will help you to equate a dog’s behaviour or lack of physical motivation.


We have developed a unique Galen Myotherapy course which will help you to:


  • identify muscular dysfunction and how this could impact on a dog’s comfort and subsequent behaviour

  • Understand what muscle domination means and why it is important to be able to recognise this from a total health perspective. 

  • Identify muscle asymmetry in dogs, which is often wrongly assessed, leading to confusion and frustration in dogs, guardians and trainers

  • understand the vital role of fascia and the part it plays within a dog’s physical and mental health

  • As a dog professional, aid better fascial connections by integrating functional movement within your programmes that will positively act on a dog’s posture

  • Assess a dog’s lifestyle and environment and making subtle changes can be profound to a dog’s well-being 


We will be taking an in-depth look at examples of postural and muscular dysfunction, including some of the dogs you are working with.  We will be critically assessing how aspects of their posture and loading  can offer you an invaluable insight into their physical and psychological health. 


By incorporating the Galen Comfort Scale into your assessment and ongoing programme, you will be able to measure any changes. Enabling you to calculate and share your success with your client, as well as being a further marketing opportunity to future clients.



Many thanks to Julia and Cushla for delivering such a brilliant CPD! Both Julia and Cushla’s obvious passion for dogs and openness in sharing their wealth of knowledge and experience made for engaging lectures and rewarding practical sessions. Galen Myotherapy has shown me a new way to approach assessment and treatment, consider functional movement and fascia, and many of my patients are benefitting from having implemented PositivePact. Kirsty Martin PgDip Vet Phys mNAVP  - Gatehouse Rehabilitation



    6 CPD hours

    Award Type Completion Certificate
    Study method

    Online tutorial delivered via Zoom

     2 x 3 hour sessions

    Start Date

    *UK Time*


    Part 1 - 31 January 2024 9am to 12pm

    Part 2 - 21 February 2024 9am to 12pm



    Enrolment criteria  

    Level 3 (and above) qualification in dog training and/or behaviour


    Stable internet connection


    You need to take images and videos of 1 dog as a case study for postural assessment and send that to us before your Part 1 date  (Details upon registration)


    £199 (inc VAT) per person


    + £65 for optional postural assessment. This will enable you to use the title ”Galen Myotherapy trained Foundational Posture Analyst“* and exhibit a logo on your business page.


    The price shown is per participant


    Maximum number of 8 participants per group


    The customer shall pay the course fee to the provider to secure their place on the course.

    The course cost is non-refundable. 


    Topic 1: Postural assessment (using case study dogs)*

    Postural assessment of 1 x cases of your choice/current clients from photos and videos supplied pre-programme*

    Topic 2: Interpretation of muscular dysfunction through posture 

    Learn how to interpret muscular dysfunction within a dog by examining their:

    • standing position 

    • paw position

    • head carriage 

    • tail carriage 

    • top line 

    • movement

    Topic 3: An overview of functional movement 

    Understanding its meaning and its importance when identifying muscular issues within the dogs you work with. This will help you understand the physical issues a dog may have which is contributing to their current behavioural traits. 

    Topic 4: The role and rationale of environmental  advice

    An overview of the vital role of home environment advice and the rational behind it from a behaviour and physical perspective

    Topic 5: An overview of Fascia from a dog trainer's perspective

    Understand the vital role of fascia and the part it plays within a dog’s physical and mental health


    Topic 6: Muscle domination and muscle symmetry 

    An overview of muscle symmetry to understand muscle domination from a visual perspective and why if this is undetected issue hiding another pathology 

    Topic 7: Implementation of the Galen Comfort Scale (assessing pain and behaviour)

    How you can incorporate the Galen Comfort scale© to demonstrate improvements in comfort from a specific pain and behaviour perspective


    * ”Galen Myotherapy trained Foundational Posture Analyst“ is a term that can be used by attendees that have successfully completed a designated postural assessment, after completing the online training. This assessment will demonstrate an applied foundational knowledge at a functional level that will assist in interpreting canine posture. 

    Achieving the follow up assessment will enable the attendee to use the logo as part of their business for a year, whereupon they will have an opportunity to renew their Galen Myotherapy trained Foundational Posture Analyst status, by completing a short online training and re-assessment. The cost of the annual reassessment is £50 (inc. VAT) 

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