Certificate in Balanced Canine Training

This exciting 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 families of dogs looking for a think outside of the box approach to their dog's behaviour & wellbeing. 


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

Qualification code: PDC
Qualification name: Professional Development Courses

Students who successfully complete the courses assessments and assignments will receive certification with the Academy of Canine Health Sciences and use post-nominal letters after their name i.e. Sally Citizen CertBCT.

The Cert. Balanced Canine Training has been developed by seven industry professionals across varying fields who are passionate about helping dogs find their balance:







































Sacha Packer

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

Kelly Daniel

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

Angela Ardolino

Medical Cannabis expert

Brittany Young

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

Jackie Gowland

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

Alyssa Rankin

Alyssa Rankin Training & Behaviour Consultant (NDTF)

Craig Murray

Craig Murray Training & Behaviour Consultant

Course Overview

Co-operative Care

  • What is it?

  • Why is it important?

  • When should we ask for it?

  • How do we ask for it?


Physical Structure & Purpose

  • Anatomy

  • Potential challenges with different structural challenges

  • How structure can affect function

  • How to assess basic structure & relative weakness

  • Common injuries in companion dogs & how to prevent

  • Proprioception - relation to injuries


Physical assessment 

  • How pain can contribute to behaviour

  • Health conditions that can affect behaviour

  • Basic anatomy

  • How to do a physical assessment of pain

  • Body score

  • How to do an assessment of weakness and strength through change of positions

  • Grooming

  • Stance & Gait assessment

  • When to refer to another professional/which one


Fitness assessment

  • How to complete a Fitness assessment

  • Physical Exertion Assessment


Massage/Body Work

  • Why?

  • How?


Conditioning - Anchor Module

  • What is conditioning? 

  • How conditioning can positively affect behaviour

  • Case study/s

  • Correct Form

  • Rewards & delivery

  • Fatigue

  • Introduction to equipment

  • Release cue

  • Resetting

  • Reps & Sets

  • Verbal Markers

  • Consistency

  • Foundations of conditioning - Levels 1-3

  • Obstacle Courses

  • Fitness Schedules


Nutrition - Anchor Module
This module is heavily science-driven with scientific studies referenced

  • Gut Health

  • Gut-Brain Axis - how nutrition influences behaviour

  • How inflammation influences behaviour & general health

  • Processed diets (kibble)

  • How environmental factors influence behaviour & general health

  • Superfoods for the brain

  • Nutrients that can affect behaviour

  • Natural diets

Plant-Based Therapy

  • Bach Flower Essences

  • Essential Oils

  • Cannabis Oil



  • Why enrich?

  • What is enrichment

  • Safe & unsafe enrichment

  • Commercial enrichment toys

  • Examples of enrichment at home

  • Enrichment to help over-aroused dogs

  • The value of the daily walk

  • Human-Dog Play

Behaviour Modification

  • Accepting handling

  • Drive Management

  • Creating Controlled Calm

  • Socialising puppies

  • Place Training

  • Impulse control games


Estimated date of delivery for this course is March 2020, if you would like to be notified when the course is available, please be sure to let us know.