“(During Canine Rehabilitation Therapist) Sasha and Judy were wonderful in explaining everything and best of all taking the time to explain anything we were having trouble with."
–Jennifer Zaharek, PT, DPT, CCRT
Winsted, Connecticut

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–Anonymous DVM
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Therapeutic Handling for Canine Rehabilitation Online Course, $57.

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Therapeutic Handling for Canine Rehabilitation is a new online course open to everyone! It may be taken as a stand-alone course or as part of our CRI Member Library.

Faculty: Sasha A. Foster, MSPT, CCRT, Ashley Foster, BS, CBCC-KA

Prerequisites: This course is open to everyone.

Course Description: By eliminating anxiety and fear, rehabilitation therapists are better able to localize injuries, address pain, and implement treatment plans. Designed specifically for veterinary rehabilitation professionals, Therapeutic Handling for Canine Rehabilitation provides information and skills to help prevent anxiety and fear and manage behaviors. By applying evidence-based behavior theory, canine body language, and positive reinforcement to the practice of canine rehabilitation, patient interactions can be transformed into therapeutic relationships that benefit the patient, therapist and client.

We consider the information in Therapeutic Handling for Canine Rehabilitation to be so important that since March 2019 it has been a required part of the CCRT/CCRA/CCRVN certification program.

This course is RACE approved by the AAVSB for 1 credit hour.

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Course Fee: $57 when taken as a stand-alone course.

Note: The $57 registration fee permits one student to access the online course for 30 days. Students may not share log-in information with others. This course is also included with other courses in our CRI Member Library, which has a $795 fee and provides unlimited access to multiple courses for one person for one year. Please see our CRI Member Library page for more details.

Students will register for this course directly in our online course platform. After registering, students have 30 days to access the Therapeutic Handling online course materials and complete the course.

Online Course Chapters

Part One: The Foundations of Therapeutic Handling (44 minutes)

  • Chapter 1: Advances in Canine Behavior
    Learn why dominance theory should not be used as the guide for canine behavior modification as defined by the American Veterinary Society of Animal Behavior.
  • Chapter 2: New Thoughts in Canine Communication
    Identify reflexive and deliberate canine body language that indicates the dog’s need to de-escalate stress and fear.
  • Chapter 3: Don't Worry, Be Happy - Maintaining Functionality
    Learn human body language that can be used with a dog to de-escalate stress and how to manage a dog when stress has escalated to fear.
  • Chapter 4: Ask Permission - The Four Agreements
    Avoid accidentally causing stress in canine patients and learn to earn their respect by asking for permission to evaluate and treat by using the four unbreakable agreements.

Part Two: Therapeutic Handling in Action (44 minutes)
Learn specific hands-on techniques that promote a therapeutic relationship from the moment patients walk through the door until they leave the clinic.

  • Chapter 5: Answers to Common Behavior Questions
  • Chapter 6: The Greeting
  • Chapter 7: The Evaluation
  • Chapter 8: Treatments
  • Chapter 9: Therapeutic Exercises
  • Chapter 10: Treating a Dog with a Behavior Modification Plan