HUB 2: Bitesize Breed Biology

HUB 2: Bitesize Breed Biology


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Welcome to Hub 2

Each page in the Bitesize Breed Biology below is packed full of facts, clinical tips, scripted information, instructive visuals, video links, owner impressions and webinar replays.

Conformational Differences

This amazing species has the greatest conformational differences than any other mammal on the planet. This fact has led to the development of a range of specific terminology to encompass the significant morphological differences seen across the breeds in head, body, tail, paw and ear shape.


Signpost to Hub 5: Terminology

It's important for the canine therapist to establish a sound clinical breed knowledge of the popular breeds they will see professionally. Understanding the significant impact of the huge breed variance on canine biomechanics and functional anatomy is essential to optimise effective practice.

Canine behaviours in the clinical setting

Integrating breed knowledge to canine behaviour in the clinical setting and linking this to each dog's unique signalment (breed, sex, age, coat colour) and their specific role leads to accurate, reliable and valid assessment findings.

Owners have an important, valued contribution in sharing information and thoughts about their dog, with their chosen therapist. This includes describing their dog's temperament, personality and behaviours both at home, out and about and in a clinical environment. They also share their worries and concerns about mobility issues and other problems.

Effective management of owners expectations is an important skill for all canine professionals.

Canine signalment is just the start! - For example: Eddie Smith, a 13 year old male, entire, black Labrador Retriever.

Added to this is the information that Eddie is a retired gun dog who competed at national level and is a beloved companion to his human family.

Building your assessment of each dog includes understanding the impact of Eddies past medical history (PMH), his present medical condition / s (PMC), his social history (SH) and his drug history (DH) on Eddies general health status and specific problems.

Assessment + treatment plans

Assessment and treatment techniques are developed and expanded through training and CPD as a result of each therapist making choices for their own unique career journey.

Every therapist is responsible for their professional choices and how they determine to advance their canine "therapeutic toolbox" of assessment and treatment techniques.

Integrating scientific knowledge and understanding to a range of canine clinical skills supports the therapist in devising a relevant individual treatment plan. Utilising a clinically reasoned pathway for this process, for each dog they see, will achieve the best results and outcomes.

The aim of an assessment led treatment plan using critical thinking and sound decision making skills is to improve the dog's mobility, functional abilities and quality of life.

Hub 2 CPD Activity

To claim each CPD credit for Hub 2, 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, read through the information and reflect on the breed biology of a dog you have seen. Consider the behaviours, temperament and personality of this dog in your clinical setting and map out some clinical strategies you could use to help build that professional bond of trust. This is not a submitted task and we suggest this for your knowledge progression.

Bitesize Breed Biology

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