Previously known as the certificate in balanced canine training, this exciting online course is a multi-faceted approach to creating the "Balanced Dog" that will be a great addition to any canine professional's toolbox as well dog handlers looking for a think outside of the box approach to their dog's behaviour & well-being. 


You will learn how to support a dog with behavioural challenges with topics including drive management, enrichment, nutrition, complementary therapies through to teaching calm and balanced behaviours through balance, strength & body awareness training + much more.  

Students who successfully complete the courses assessments and major assignment will receive certification with the Academy of Canine Health Sciences and may use post-nominal letters i.e. Sally Citizen CertCHC

The Certificate in Canine Health Coaching has been developed by seven industry professionals across varying fields who are passionate about helping dogs find their balance and we know you will find their knowledge invaluable. 

Students will have 12 months to complete the 12 module online course, each module has an associated quiz and the course will be finialised with a major assignment that will take a number of months for students to complete which will require cases studies, one of which you will need direct access to one able bodied dog. Students should allow 1-2 hours per week to study, practice their new skills and work on their major assignment.



Co-operative Care

You will learn how to gain your dogs co-operation in this module including their most feared activities such as nail clipping.


Physical Structure & Purpose

In this module you will learn basic canine anatomy, both skeletal and muscular and how structural weakness impacts dogs.


Physical Assessment

Learn to assess a dog for pain and structural weakness as well as learn how pain and medical conditions can influence behaviour.


Fitness Assessment

You will learn how to conduct a fitness assessment as well as learn to recognise exertion.

Body Work

Body Work

In this module you will learn why body work such as massage is beneficial for dogs, especially those with behavioural challenges, you will also learn how to conduct a basic massage.



This is module is one of the 2 anchor modules of the course, it is a hands on learning module where you will learn conditioning exercises to balance the mind & body. This module will take you through the all important foundations as well.



This module is one of the 2 anchor modules of the course, you will learn how nutrition impacts behaviour as well as learning how to formulate a balanced fresh food diet. The science of gut health is the basis of this module.

Plant Therapy

Plant Based Therapies

In these 3 modules, 3 industry professionals will introduce you to medicinal CBD oil, Bach flower remedies and essential oils and how these plant based therapies could support your dog.



In this module, we will introduce you to the why's and how's of enrichment where you can learn how to provide enrichment activities to positively impact your dogs mental health.



In this module, 3 outstanding trainers come together to take you through a number of behaviour altering topics such as place training, drive management, creating controlled calm, impulse control games + more.


Further Details

Please see the course data sheet for more information.

Meet our Coaches


Sacha Packer


Nutrition, Fitness & Bodywork (CN, CF, K9Fit, CMT, ANMR)


Jackie Gowland


BSc (Animal Science), Bodywork & Nutrition (CMT, CN)


Craig Murray


Training & Behaviour Consultant


Kelly Daniel

New Zealand

BSc (Zoology), Fitness Trainer (CCFT) & Agility Handler


Brittany Young


Training & Behaviour Consultant (NDTF), Nutrition (HATO), Fitness Trainer & Agility Handler


Angela Ardolino


Professional certification in Medical Cannabis from the University of Vermont College of Medicine.


Alyssa Rankin


Training & Behaviour Consultant (NDTF)

Terms & Conditions, by enrolling, you agree to the following.
Students will have 12 months to complete the course, extensions are available for a fee.  Quizzes and assignments are required to complete the certification, students will have 3 opportunities to gain a passing mark, beyond the 3rd try, the Academy will work with the student to assist them further and resits are possible for a fee.  There are no cancellations, refunds or credits available for digital content once students are enrolled.

Frequently asked questions

Do I need to be dog trainer to take this course?

No, whilst this course adds new tools to existing trainer's toolkits, there are no prerequisites to enrol.

When can I start?

Typically within 1 business day of enrolling! We will invite you to the course platform and send you your Student information and you can get started right away.

How long do I have to complete the course?

You will have 12 months from enrolment. If neccessary you are able to get an extension for fee.

Are there assignments and exams?

Yes, there is a multiple choice quiz after each module. To complete the certification you will need to complete the major assignment, this will take a number of months to complete.

Is this course nationaly recognised under Australian framework?

The Academy of Canine Health Sciences is located in Australia however is an international private course provider. Certification is with the Academy of Canine Health Sciences and whilst the course is currently being assessed for accreditation from various organisations, it is not nationaly recognised under Australia's framework. Australia's National Training framework does not have any existing framework for this type of course which is very niche and unique.

Will this course qualify me to become a Trainer or similar?

No, this is a professional development course, it assumes you already have the necessary qualifications/training to understand and deliver the information from the course work.

This course should be looked upon as adding new tools to an existing tool kit.

How is the course delivered?

The course is delivered via the Google Classroom which is a online platform where you will be able to view and download content and take the each modules quiz online. We've done everything we can to keep prices down for you so you end up paying for the content not platforms and branding etc.

Are payment plans available?

No sorry, not that this time, however this course will always be available, so if you need to save, there is no rush to enrol.

What do I get for the "Content Only" course?

You will recieve access to the content only. You will not be able to speak with coaches, participate in quizes or assessments.