HUB 1: Bitesize Canine Anatomy

HUB 1: Bitesize Canine Anatomy


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Welcome to Hub 1

Each page in the Webinars + Resources below is packed full of facts, clinical tips, scripted information, instructive visuals, video links, downloadable PDFs and our "OneShot Inside K9HS" videos, along with the webinar replays.

Therapeutic Palpation

Research shows that both voluntary and involuntary muscles respond to the emotional state of the dog, with changes in muscle tone and tension.


Clinical Tip: Movement Enrichment techniques = Clinic Enrichment + Therapeutic Handling treatment techniques.

Movement Enrichment Techniques are proven to be proprioceptively enriched as they directly map into canine behaviours and functional anatomy. This builds positive connections by working with the dog to optimise their muscle responsiveness and noticeably improve their motion and functionality.

Therapeutic Handling and Clinic Enrichment Techniques offer stand alone techniques or can be used to seamlessly integrate the different elements of your treatment programme, leading to accurate assessment and effective treatments for the dogs in your professional care.

Canine Behaviours in the Clinical Setting

Interpreting and analysing canine behaviours in context of your clinical setting is key, for both safe and effective practice. Use your Therapeutic Touch and Clinic Enrichment skills to deliver a bespoke and individual treatment programme to achieve great results and improve dogs lives.

Positively responding to each dog's flow of feedback signals using Canine Therapeutic Handling and Clinic Enrichment techniques, achieves a calm focus and active engagement with each dog. Your consistent results will reinforce confidence in your therapeutic interventions.

Confidence of the owner in the way you work with their much loved dog, confidence of each dog in your connection as you work with them, plus confidence of the referring veterinary surgeon in your successful outcomes and glowing reports from their owners.

This triple confidence supports your clinical practice advancement and the success and productivity of your business.

Confidence advances your skills, practice and canine service provision.


Clinical Tip: Start your palpation with a positive initial contact using Therapeutic Touch and avoid going to the suspected problem area first. Be mindful of where your hands touch, the speed you work and your position and body postures in relation to the dog in your care.

Canine Biomechanics

The dog's unique biomechanical design and functional anatomy leads to a natural balanced stance and a natural balanced motion. Consider the wide range of day to day functional abilities which are breed specific and canine relevant. These are very different to human movements and needs.

Flexion and extension are the primary movements for canine motion. The dog is biomechanically designed as a digitigrade quadruped to primarily move forwards in the sagittal plane.

Patterns of canine movement resulting from muscle contraction are achieved by complex interactions of a coordinated sequence of muscles. The canine proprioceptive system is the command centre for these muscle sequences.

Skeletal muscle contraction generates the force for motion, balance, coordination, transitions, transfers and a wide range of canine postures.

Hub 1 CPD Activity

To claim each CPD credit for Hub 1, please complete the set activity for your selected resource below and then go to the Applying for your CPD Certificate Hub. You will need to complete the online form and enter a short paragraph of reflection on how you feel your selected resource and CPD activity supports your canine practice.

You can apply for as many CPD credits as you wish, completing this process for each application.


CPD ACTIVITY: For your selected resource, watch the webinar and read through the information. Devise a labelled diagram of the musculoskeletal (MSK) structure (eg; muscle, joint) explored and add a useful clinical tip for your practice. Hint: Use colour pens or highlighters as you brain learns quicker in colour. This is not a submitted task and we suggest this for your knowledge progression.


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