Caninology®: Canine Myofascial Release Techniques Level I: CN3040SA


Course Features

  • Duration: 3.5 days
  • Category:
  • Externship: Yes
  • Venue: HEA Farm
  • Language: English
  • Course Capacity: 14
  • Prerequisites: No
  • Skill Level: beginner
  • Start Course: 26-05-2019

More Information

Myofascial Release (MFR) has long been an effective treatment modality for humans, and more recently it has become a frequent choice when caring for horses. Fortunately, the canine population too is now beginning to benefit from this potent therapy.
This three and a half day course participants are trained in the theory, concepts and practice of MFR as it pertains to the canine population. This course is designed to teach students the skills involved in evaluating and helping myofascial/skeletal dysfunction in dogs such as: Back Pain, Chronic Lameness, Restriction of Motion, Neurological Dysfunction and Behavioral Problems.

As usual in the Equinology & Caninology courses, there will be plenty of hands on portions with the dogs enabling you to apply the technique with confidence.
Following the course, students will immediately be able to produce positive structural changes whether the problem is an acute or long standing dysfunction with this full body approach.


We are privileged that this course will be presented by Ruth Mitchell-Golladay, owner of the Equine Therapeutic Center in Virginia.
In this three and a half day course, Ruth will lead participants through the theory, concepts and application of MFR.
Our instructors are constantly allowing their courses to evolve with their ever increasing knowledge.  Like many of our students, they too continue their education and enhance their practices by attending conferences, events, courses and workshops.  Ruth in no exception! That is why we are delighted that she has decided to present her new Canine MFR Level II course for the first time for us in South Africa.  This will continue the exploration of fascia and myofascial release techniques taught in Level I, giving students a totally immersive experience into the many facets of MFR potential and connections.   Do not miss the opportunity to attend both Canine MFR courses! You need to register separately for both Level I and Level II courses.


This course is designed for individuals who wish to work professionally in the canine health industry Those already certified in Canine Sports Massage or other canine health care modalities will find this dynamic modality fits in well with their work adding a new dimension. You’ll discover wonderful results with the techniques integrating into your existing routine. Those participants just starting out will find it an easy approach for understanding and applying the work.
Myofascial injury, locating restrictions and developing/refining palpation skills, causes of myofascial restrictions, safety rules, common areas of restriction, encouraging communication and interaction during the session, recognizing pain versus normal canine responses to Myofascial Release techniques, scientific rationales of Myofascial Release with emerging theories, location of fascial restrictions, benefits of Myofascial Release, dynamic and static assessments and comparisons, history evaluation, introduction to Myofascial Release documentation, marketing, work and veterinary ethics.

Venue: The Hemel en Aarde Farm, Hermanus
Price: R 11,750.00 per person


• myofascial/osseous and related structures anatomy
• biomechanics
• conformation and definition of common canine injuries
• handling and safety
• body mechanics for application
Myofascial Release Techniques
• physical evaluations
• gait analysis
• lower extremities
• lumbar/pelvic region
• anterior & posterior thoracic region
• cervical spine
• atlas and axis
Additional Practicals
• myofascial osseous release
• myofascial stretching
• therapeutic exercise

Course Overview

After completing the course the student will be able to:
• Demonstrate a working knowledge of the anatomy, physiology and pathology associated with the fascial tissue of the canine body
• Demonstrate the ability to apply Myofascial Release techniques to the canine population
• Identify myofascial restrictions and follow the myofascial releases throughout the canine body
• Understand when a session is appropriate for a dog or when they should recruit a veterinarian first before commencing myofascial release sessions
• Site all the contraindications when myofascial release is not appropriate for the welfare of the dog, and apply Myofascial Release successfully for their sessions
• Utilize the proper body mechanics to continue working without injury to themselves
• Devise a follow up exercise program for the dog following the Myofascial Release to help break up adaptive movement, improve strength and monitor performance
• Record the session findings in a professional manner utilizing the accepted protocol in the canine health care industry
• Communicate with the other health care professionals as well as the owner and/or trainer in regards to the care of the dog
• Evaluate the overall progress of the dog in response to progressive sessions to determine if the dog is or is not improving.

This subject matter for this course is presented in a variety of mediums and is aimed to be highly interactive.
The classroom lecture portions are usually followed by lab practicals in the classroom and on the subject (in this case the dog). The classroom lecture may be supported by visual aids (slides, PowerPoint, model, specimen or overheads) and discussion. The lab practical vary depending on the topic and can be supported by templates, labeling sessions, gait analysis sessions, muscle and surface anatomy identification and practical hands-on. Independent additional study activities are required in the evenings. This study will be evaluated through self-assessments and quizzes.

Should you have any specific requirements or needs please inform us (, so we can address your needs and prepare your Instructor prior to the course.

Students attend class for 3 1/2 days (Days 1 and 2: 8:00-6:00, Day 3: 8:00-5:30 with 30 minutes for lunch each day and Day 4 8:00-12:00). There will be an additional 1 hour of evening studies.

Immediately after lunch on day 4 Canine MFR Level II – CN3045SA will commence and will continue for 2.5 days.  So students attending both Level I & II should plan for a total course duration of 6 days.

For this particular course there are 40 hours of guided study once the student leave the class.

Includes course hand-outs, supplies and your guided externship. It does not include accommodation or lunch. Snacks and hot & cool drinks are provided during breaks. A fridge and microwave are available.

A working knowledge of veterinary vocabulary, anatomy and dog handling skills. For those wanting to learn or just brush up on their knowledge our Online Canine Anatomy and Behaviour Distance Study course can be found at: CN3005: Canine Anatomy and Behaviour Pre-Course Online Course.

Although not a formal prerequisite: We recommend participants be comfortable handling and working around horses or dogs as appropriate, can pick up the limbs and are aware of the safety of yourself, those around you and the animal you are working with.

REQUIRED LEARNING MATERIALS: none. Your materials will be provided at the commencement of the Course.

Barnes, John F., PT, Myofascial Release, The Search for Excellence

Should you wish to learn more about canine anatomy in advance you can obtain a copy of: The Dog Anatomy Workbook – A Guide to the Canine Body. Maggie Raynor & Andrew Gardiner. It is available at most online bookstores.

Download Free Resource
Click here to download our free PDF. Try it out and see the benefits for yourself (and your horse). Myofascial Release is the buzz word in both the Equine and increasingly Canine Body Work field. Would you like to learn a few simple techniques? Here is a new PDF from World Renowned Leader in this field and Equinology Instructor Ruth Mitchell Golladay. If you want to learn more have a look at our range of Canine and Equine Courses in April 2018, presented by Ruth. Related Courses

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