Caninology®: The Dynamic Dog: Biomechanics and Gait Abnormalities : CN3010SA


Course Features

  • Duration: 4 days
  • Category:
  • Externship: Yes
  • Venue: Cape Town
  • Language: English
  • Course Capacity: 14
  • Prerequisites: Yes
  • Skill Level: intermediate
  • Start Course: 19-07-2018

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This exceptional course is a first for South Africa, and is a unique opportunity for any professional involved in the care of canines, whether maintenance, care, prevention, rehabilitation or treatment of injury. Even those of you who love dogs and just want to learn and understand more. We are privileged the CN3010SA will be presented by Dr. Mila Speciani, Veterinarian, Equinology Equine Body Worker®. Dr. Mila has a unique combination of professional experience and qualifications and lives in and works across Northern Italy. In addition, Dr. Speciani is an instructor and lecturer for world renowned institutions, for who regularly teaches courses and seminars, and has published peer reviewed articles concerning her scientific areas of expertise.

The majority of her daily practice includes dogs and horses and she integrates natural medicine, sports medicine, natural management and gentle horsemanship, physiotherapy and rehabilitation in order to provide health and wellness to animal athletes and companions.

Venue: Cape Town, Western Cape (Exact TBC)
Price: R14,950
Students learn basic canine anatomy, palpation and range of motion skills, conformation evaluation, static and movement analysis.   Understanding structure and patterns of movement will enable students to visualize which joints, ligaments, tendons and muscles are utilized during movement.   In addition, students will learn to recognize gait abnormalities and will be taught basics of the lameness examination and specific musculoskeletal abnormalities. This knowledge base will enhance owners, trainers, care givers, breeders, judges and canine body worker’s skills.


After completing this course, the student will be able to:
(1) know the footfall of the dog’s in all performed gaits,
(2) employ gait diagramming in their work program,
(3) list the common conformation faults of the dogs,
(4) list the main structures involved in locomotion,
(5) employ the palpation skills required to locate surface anatomy to place markers for bone measurement, joint angle and inclination for conformation and gait assessment,
(6) know the basic terminology used for biomechanics and canine locomotion,
(7), know the history of canine biomechanics,
(8) list the structure and the function of head, neck and tail,
(9) know the protocol to analysis canine movement using high speed cinematography.

This subject matter for this course is presented in a variety of mediums. Independent home study is required by completing the provided Study Guide prior to the course for those just beginning their studies. Time required will vary on the student’s comprehension level of veterinary anatomy and vocabulary. 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 evening. 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 the Dr. Mila prior to the course.

Course Overview

• Gait analysis and evaluation guideline
• Conformation evaluation
• Locating palpation points
• Causes and symptoms of the lame dog
• Subjective analysis of conformation: Limb deviations, rotations and determination of symmetry
• Basic anatomy and terminology
• Injury and lameness prevention
• Defining and diagramming the basic gaits
• History of biomechanics
• Biomechanical techniques
• High Speed Cinematography
• Measuring dogs
• Structure, function and palpation of the forelimb and hindlimbs
• Structure and function of head, neck and tail
• Video problem solving and discussion
• Sports analysis/video presentations & problem solving for various disciplines
• Comprehensive case studies

Students attend class daily 8:00 am – 5:00 pm for 4 days and have an additional 3 hours of evening studies.

For this course there are 40 hours of guided study (case studies and extra learning activities) once the student leaves the class.

Includes course hand-outs and supplies.

As a bonus, the following two items will be included in your class materials:

• What’s Your Angle: Understanding Angulation and Structure for the Performance Dog
by Helen Grinnell King
• Dog Anatomy Flash Cards by Flash Anatomy Cards

A good knowledge of veterinary vocabulary, anatomy and dog handling skills is required. Students new to this material should register for the Caninology CN3005: Canine Anatomy and Behavior Precourse Distance Study prior to the course. Details can be found: HERE

Please register for the pre-course study with plenty of time to go through the material, the more familiar you are, the more you will get out of the course! Although the final CN3005 exam does not have to be completed before the course, students should be very familiar with the terminology and canine anatomy.
Although not a formal prerequisite: We recommend participants be comfortable handling and working around dogs, can move the limbs and are aware of the safety of yourself, those around you and the animal you are working with.

If students are new to canine anatomy they should register for the CN3005: Canine Anatomy and Behavior Pre-course Distance Study course well in advance of this course.

Students who do not have detailed anatomical knowledge could also obtain a copy of: Dog Anatomy: A Pictorial Approach to Canine Structure by Peter C. Goody. It is available at most online bookstores.
Also recommended is
The Color Atlas of Veterinary Anatomy: The Dog & Cat (Color Atlas of Veterinary Anatomy) by Stanley H. Done, et al.


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