CN3000: Caninology Canine Body Worker (CCBW) Certification Course

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Dustie Houchin and Eleanor Andrews join forces and combine their vast knowledge to present our flagship Caninology Canine Body Worker (CCBW) certification course! This 9-day 100+hour course (a total of 300+hours, with the compulsory pre-course anatomy and behaviour study, and course externship with final examination) is specifically designed for students wishing to pursue a career in this field, but is also targeted and formatted for veterinarians, physical therapists, human massage therapists, equine massage therapists, chiropractors, osteopaths and canine therapists who would like to enhance their skills. Like our Equinology Equine Body Worker certification course, this class is taught in a comprehensive logical layered format, so students with little or no canine science background will find themselves up to speed with professional participants. Please note: attendance of online/distance study course CN3005 (Canine Anatomy and Behaviour) is compulsory for students who do not work with dogs in a professional capacity. Students must register for the CN3005 course prior to joining the Canine Body Worker® certification course.

After completing the examination for the pre-course online study, the CCBW course and the compulsory CCBW course externship, the student will be able to evaluate canine posture and movement and confidently apply a complete sports massage with range of motion exercises.

An externship is required in all the Equinenergy® courses, to ensure that students have consolidated the enormous amount of material presented in class. Equinenergy® staff is able to answer questions for the participants, should these arise during this externship period. The Caninology Canine Body Worker® (CCBW) certificate is issued upon successful completion of the required externship.

The Externship:

For this particular course there are an additional 70 hours of guided study once the student leaves the class. Participants complete 20 massage sessions on at least 5 different dogs using all of the massage techniques and stretching with range of motion exercises, as well
as the documenting techniques as taught in class.

A theory portion is included in the externship in the form of exercises on muscle function, muscle identification, point location and gait evaluation. This is required to enhance the material that is taught and presented in class. Once this is completed a video is sent by the student to Equinology or one of its appointed offices to review, evaluate and expand the practical aspect of the student’s work.

Course Outline:


  • Anatomy vocabulary
  • Directional terms
  • Veterinary vocabulary and terminology

Skeletal structure:

  • Form and function
  • Thoracic appendicular system
  • Pelvic appendicular system
  • Axial skeletal system
  • Conformation
  • Typical canine orthopedic conditions
  • Injury
  • Surface anatomy landmark identification
  • Palpation skills

Muscle structure:

  • Form and function
  • Palpation and rudimentary evaluation skills (theory and practical)
  • Locating and isolating muscles
  • Injury
  • Deep muscles
  • Superficial muscles
  • Cause of muscle damage and common pathologies


  • Safety rules
  • Basic strokes
  • Theory and application of the massage strokes
  • Contra-indications
  • Body mechanics for the body workern
  • Stretching and range of motion exercises
  • Follow-up exercises after a sports massage session


  • Case history evaluation
  • Documentation
  • Creating documents for the owners
  • Static and motion evaluation
  • Subjective conformation
  • Common canine neurological conditions
  • Canine behaviour
  • Handling Skills


  • Veterinary ethics
  • Work ethics
  • Marketing

Students attend class daily from 8:30am to 5:30pm and have an additional 3 hours of evening studies. The fifth day of class is spent out of class for independent study.
Course cost includes pre-course workbook, course manual, supplies and handouts as well as certificate upon successful externship completion.

Prerequisite: CN3005: Canine Anatomy and Behaviour Pre-course Distance Study
This course is fashioned after our successful EQ50 Equine Anatomy Precourse Distance Study course. If you are planning on attending our signature CN3000 Canine Body Worker Certification course, this is a required pre-course study to prepare you for the certification course.

This online course is available to anyone wishing to broaden their knowledge of veterinary terminology, behaviour and the musculoskeletal system of the dog. Students will also find it very helpful if taking courses from any programme, including Caninenergy/Caninology courses in anatomy, neurology, biomechanics and any other canine classes.
Signing up for this course now allows you the luxury of studying well ahead of time, whether you intend to take courses in the future, or if you are looking for a review. With the expanded CN3005 course, we have determined that it takes around 100 hours to complete. This CN3005 course also offers 50 continuing education hours for members of the National Certification Board of Therapeutic Massage and Bodywork (Human State Certification ) in the United States of America.

Course Content: canine communication and behaviour, veterinary and anatomical terminology, directional terms, bony landmarks and surface markings, skeletal system, joints and movement and the canine muscular system.
To register for this course please go directly to the Equinology/Caninology site. Registrations for this course are NOT processed through Equinenergy/Caninenergy Ltd.

Required Reading:
‘The Dog Anatomy Workbook’ by Gardiner and Raynor. Students must bring a copy of the book to class.

Suggested Reading:
Color Atlas of Veterinary Anatomy: The Dog & Cat (Color Atlas of Veterinary Anatomy) by Stanley H. Done, et al.