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UNIVERSITY OF TENNESSEE

CERTIFIED CANINE FITNESS TRAINER (CCFT)

CERTIFIED CANINE FITNESS TRAINER

The CCFT program provides students with the essential qualifications and tools to become an effective university credentialed Canine Fitness Trainer.  Students will be taught through a blended learning environment that includes online course work and live labs to minimize time in the classroom and maximize time with their hands on dogs.

The program consists of 4 Modules (to be completed in order):

  • CCFT I:   Online Lecture Series (25 hours)

  • CCFT II:  Live Lab Series (3-day hands-on Live Lab)

  • CCFT III: Case Studies

  • CCFT IV: Online Exam


The UT-CCFT provides essential concepts of canine body mechanics, anatomy, functional movement, behavior, nutrition, and an overview of regulatory issues and precautions for those desiring to coach, train or better understand the fundamentals of canine fitness and conditioning.

Students will advance their understanding and skills with hands-on labs focused on conducting canine fitness assessments, understanding injury prevention and care, program design and implementation. An emphasis is included on movement identification and correction as well as the opportunity to explore specialty life stage requirements for working dogs and sporting dogs, puppies, seniors and pet dogs.

Students must complete both the online and the hands-on lab courses to receive the UT-CCFT credential. Successful completion requirements include passing grades for both the online exam, lab exam and 3 case studies. Attendees who pass all requirements will receive a certificate from the University of Tennessee.

The program is open to the following:

  • Veterinarians

  • Veterinary Technicians

  • Physical Therapists

  • Physical Therapist Assistants

  • Occupational Therapists

  • Dog Behaviorists

  • Certified Dog Trainers

  • Dog Handling Experience (3 years is best) with proven track record

  • in one of the following professions: Policy, Search & Rescue,

  • Agility Dogs, Therapy, Prison Dogs


*Proof of Dog Handling Experience must be provided (business license,
trainer certifications, performance sport credentials, or contracted work).
Other proofs may be considered, but are not guaranteed, to meet this requirement.

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