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Movement of the Canine online course

Movement of the Canine online course

This short course is the perfect introduction to the canine musculoskeletal system, canine movement patterns and the importance of functional movement in maintaining your dogs long term musculoskeletal health.


This accessible course is designed to give you an understanding of your dog's anatomy and will show you how to identify bony landmarks and their main muscle groups. You will start to learn the function of some of the major muscles and how muscles can affect your dog’s movement patterns. Through Galen’s many years of research and treatment of thousands of dogs, we have found many indicators which can be directly associated with muscle discomfort and also pain. The link between a dog's movement and comfort level is absolutely fascinating and is something that Galen has been talking about for over two decades.


Explore the exciting topic of Functional Movement, what that term means and the types of movements all dogs should be capable of undertaking. You’ll learn how to maintain and enhance your dog's movement patterns, regardless of their life stage and mobility.


    Qualification 1.5 CPD hours
    Award Type

    Completion certificate

    Study method Online theory
    Start Date Any time
    Enrolment criteria  

    Age 16+ No previous experience necessary.

    Units 6 theory topics

    £20 including VAT


    Topic 1: An Introduction to Functional Movement
    Topic 2: Canine skeletal system and movement patterns
    Topic 3: Canine musculature system and movement patterns
    Topic 4: Good and Poor Movement Patterns
    Topic 5: Exploring Functional Movement
    Topic 6: How to assess your dog's comfort
    Topic 7: How to enhance your dog's movement


    Who is the course for:

    • Dog owners/guardians

    • Canine paraprofessionals who are interested in a different approach e.g. behaviourists, hydrotherapists, dog trainers, groomers and dog walkers

    • Veterinary professionals who would like to broaden their knowledge


    Who it is suitable for:

    • People looking to support their own dog

    • Owners, enthusiasts, and people who work with dogs

    • People wanting to gain an understanding of functional movement


    Please note this course is for knowledge use only and application can only be used legally on your own dog.


    The Customer shall pay the course fee to the Provider to secure their place on the Programme. The Programme cost is non-refundable. 

    The customer will have access to the course for 6 months after payment has been recieved. 

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