FitPAWS Training Programmes in the UK

The FitPAWS Master Trainer Program is now available in the UK.

Hosted and sponsored by Camddwr canine Ltd, this program provides a pathway to learn about Canine Conditioning and its benefits for All dogs, including Canine Athletes and those involved in Canine Sports at all levels.  Learn how to help prevent injury, develop essential Core Strength and Stability for Working dogs, and develop your skills as a dog trainer or therapist to support all dogs in their fitness.

We run this program up to two times each year, bringing the team over from the USA to deliver the program.

Click here for our events calendar for more details of the next Master Trainer, or email for further details.

We also run CPD Courses to further learning which are equipment based: Why not sign up to our Training newsletter to keep up to date with forthcoming events or contact Ann harmes Certified Canine Fitness Trainer to discuss planning a workshop for your club or training group or individualised fitness assessment and plan.

We also have guest trainers in our Classroom running specific Canine Fitness courses.

FitPAWS Master Trainer Program

Improve your knowledge of proper exercise form and learn how to develop a canine fitness program that will enable you to create optimum performance for you clients using science based, force free training methods and canine-specific conditioning equipment, including FitPAWS... and FitPAWS Master Trainer Program as is Assessment- Based Certificate Program. To become certified as a FitPAWS Master Trainer please see requirements below.

Course Objectives:

  • Canine Exercise Anatomy (assessment)
  • Fitness Assessments
  • Gait Evaluations
  • Palpation
  • Correct Canine Fitness Exercise Form (technique)
  • Proper Technique, Position & Creative Encouragement
  • Correlation of Form & Function
  • When & Why to Refer to Professionals.
  • Canine Behaviour Modification through Exercse (behaviour)
  • Positive Reinforcement Encouraging Behavioural Transition
  • Client & Canine Interactions
  • Develop Specific Canine Exercise Programs (program design)
  • Canine Life Stages & Special Canine Populations
  • Target Specific Body Areas, Muscle Groups & Injury Prevention
  • Exercise Progessions & Variables
  • Advanced Canine Performance & Working/ Hunting Dogs
  • Canine Equipment Guidelines (equipment)
  • Proper use & safety
  • Equipment use & choice
  • Canine Specific Equipment vs Human Equipment
  • Canine Fitness Business Development (business)
  • Marketing tools & Programs
  • Best Practices for Canine Fitness Programs

Requirements to Become a FitPAWS Master Trainer:

To be certified as a FitPAWS Master Trainer and receive our Assessment-Based Certificate of Attainment participants must complete the following requirements:

  • Course participation & completion
  • Course material test
  • 3 case studies within 3 months of course competion

The Master Trainer can be used in conjection with an online course to allow you to become a Certified Canine Fitness Trainer, in the information below the Master trainer is classed as the CCFT Lab Series.

Certified Canine Fitness Trainer

The Certified Canine Fitness Trainer (CCFT) course combines two great programs into one prestigious credential. Developed by the University of Tennessee and FitPAWS® (FitPAWS® Master Trainer) the CCFT program provides students with the essential qualifications and tools to become an effective university credentialed Canine Fitness Trainer.

The program provides essential concepts of canine body mechanics, anatomy, functional movement, behaviour, 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 be taught through a blended learning environment that includes online course work and live labs (FitPAWS® Master Trainer Lab) to minimize time in the classroom and maximize time with their hands on dogs. After the online coursework is completed students may participate in one of several live lab sessions held throughout the US.

Students will advance their understanding and skills with hands-on labs focused on conducting standardized canine fitness assessments utilizing the Canine Fitness Performance™ (CFP) methodology, 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 certification plaque from the University of Tennessee. Graduates of the UT-CCFT program will be listed and displayed on the University of Tennessee website and websites.

Canine Fitness and Conditioning

Certified Canine Fitness Trainer Program is for those interested in understanding proper canine exercise form, technique, behavior, and program design for optimum performance and injury prevention using science based, force-free training methods and canine-specific conditioning equipment.

The University of Tennessee, University Outreach and Continuing Education and FitPAWS (Ball Dynamics International, LLC) is now offering a new certificate program for canine fitness: The Certified Canine Fitness Trainer Program. The graduates of this program strengthen the growth of this young field by sharing their newfound knowledge of canine fitness and conditioning with the Canine Health team which may include, veterinarians, trainers, behaviorists, dog handlers, colleagues, and animal owners.

Why our program?

As a Certified Canine Fitness Trainer you will have the opportunity to provide guidance, expert instruction and immediate feedback to the dogs you work with and their handlers. As well, to understand your role as a Canine Fitness Trainer and a valued member of the Canine Health team that supports proactive foundations to the health and well-being of dogs in any life stage – from puppy to senior.

Our program offers the following advantages:

  • The University of Tennessee Certificate Program in Canine Fitness is the only program for Canine Fitness to win the distinguished Outstanding Non-Credit Program Award by the Association for Continuing Higher Education.
  • Instruction by veterinarians and physical therapists, the majority of whom are board certified by the American College of Veterinary Surgeons and the American Board of Physical Therapy Specialties. Additional instruction support by leading Dog Trainers, Vet Techs, Personal Fitness Trainers, Agility, FEMA, and other Performance Sports,
  • Our instructors have made significant research contributions and published much of the available literature in canine physical rehabilitation.
  • Emphasis on evidenced-based medicine.
  • Access to the latest clinical and laboratory research results presented by faculty who have performed research directly applicable to case management, often prior to publication.
  • Successful Canine Conditioning programs that rely upon in-depth communication between the dog and handler.
  • Commitment to presenting a comprehensive curriculum that provides a solid foundation upon which to develop a results-driven fitness program that utilizes a standardized fitness assessment on which to build and improve the practice of canine fitness and conditioning.
  • Upon successful completion of the program and examination, participants receive the designation of Certified Canine Fitness Trainer.


To educate professionals who share a common interest in helping develop proactive fitness and conditioning programs that helps reduce the chance of injury, and encourages lifelong canine health through exercise.


To promote the art and science of canine fitness and conditioning.

This will be achieved by:

  • Educating professionals in the principles and practical application of canine fitness and conditioning;
  • Promoting and supporting research that will advance the knowledge, skill and treatment of canine fitness and conditioning; and
  • Making the benefits of canine fitness and conditioning known to the fields of veterinary medicine, physical therapy, dog trainers, behaviorists and other related professions.

Program Requirements:

CCFT Online Series:

CCFT-O1: Introduction to Certified Canine Fitness Trainer
CCFT-O2: Anatomy/Physiology
CCFT-O3: Behavior
CCFT-O4: Nutrition
CCFT-O5: Structural/Mechanical Kinesiology
CCFT-O6: Prevention & Care of Athletic Injuries
CCFT-O7: Strength & Conditioning
CCFT-O8: Pharmacology Precautions
CCFT-O9: Therapeutic Modalities for Fitness
CCFT-O10: Assessment of Physical Fitness
CCFT-O11: Canine Sports and Working Dogs

CCFT Lab Series:

CCFT-L1: Canine Exercise Anatomy (ASSESSMENT)
CCFT-L2: Correct Canine Fitness Exercise Form (TECHNIQUE)
CCFT-L3: Canine Behavior Modification through Exercise (BEHAVIOR)
CCFT-L4: Develop Specific Canine Exercise Programs (PROGRAM DESIGN)
CCFT-L5: Canine Equipment Guidelines (EQUIPMENT)
CCFT-L6: Canine Fitness Business Development (BUSINESS)

Prerequisites: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 (Police, Search & Rescue, Therapy, Prison Dogs, Kennel Owners, Dog Walkers, Pet Sitters, or Groomers)
  • Students in one of the accepted professions*

Proof of degree(s) and/or license(s) must be provided for every profession.

Successful completion of online course, tests, hands-on workshop and participation, as well as completion of case studies is required prior to receiving certification.

*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.

Please contact us for more details