HUB 3: Bitesize Canine Conditions

HUB 3: Bitesize Canine Conditions


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Welcome to Hub 3

Each page in the Webinars + Resources below is packed full of facts, clinical tips, scripted information, instructive visuals, video links and webinar replays.

A sound clinical knowledge and understanding of each dog's condition, injury, fitness issue or demand is an important part of effective canine practice. Integrating this to the dog's signalment (breed, age, sex, coat colour) and their specific role (pet, working, showing, athletic, retired dog) is invaluable.

Understanding each dog's canine behaviour in context of the clinical setting is paramount for safe practice. Utilising dog centred clinical tools and techniques to respond appropriately to each dog's specific flow of canine signalling (also known as social or calming signals) in the clinic is a great start.

Ensuring responses from the therapist are timely and use canine signalling rather than human communication skills, leads to building a professional relationship with each dog based on trust and confidence. The dog will follow the guidelines and Movement Shaping techniques set by the therapists and actively participate in proprioceptively enriched active movements.

The canine proprioceptive system orchestrates the neuromuscular facilitation and activation of active movement sequences in the dog.

This connection to the canine proprioceptive system leads to improvement in canine natural balanced stance, canine natural balanced motion, postures and canine functional tasks (like toileting and eating).

Using canine enrichment techniques in your clinic or centre, to optimise canine behaviour, will positively influence the experience for the dog, owner and therapist as well as achieving great results.

Clinic enrichment techniques linked to Therapeutic Handling techniques provides a wide range of dog centred tools for the canine therapist to use and gain each dog's focus and active engagement, achieving a calm and purposeful connection. These proprioceptively engaged activities will improve canine natural balanced stance, postures and canine natural balanced motion.


Clinical Tip: Accurate and valid assessment findings empowers the choices of appropriate treatment techniques for the individual canine patient. Multiple factors influence the clinical decision making process required to devise a relevant and effective treatment plan to address canine movement dysfunction and challenges.

Hub 3 CPD Activity

To claim each CPD credit for Hub 3, 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 choose a specific case you have seen. Identify the dog's signalment and the clinical signs of their presenting condition/s or problems. Consider the impact of pain on this dog's behaviours in the clinical setting. This is not a submitted task and we suggest this for your knowledge progression.


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