Extrinsic Factors Affecting Canine Performance - (15 credits)

This module aims to concentrate on a variety of factors that are important to the canine therapist when assessing the patient for therapeutic intervention. Canine therapists must be able to assess extrinsic factors such as use of training aids, surfaces used for sport and racing practices and their direct influence on the performance of the canine patient. Students will explore the behavioral patterns of the dogs and how they interact in both their natural and domesticated environment, to include welfare considerations and stress factors to the patient. As a canine therapist, it is essential to be able to assess canine behavior and how presenting behavior/ learnt behavior patterns can directly affect performance. Environmental influences such as housing, husbandry, handling and training methods, to include care of the post-operative canine patient will also be explored. Clinical nutrition will be evaluated and to include nutrition programs for a range of disciplines and disorders.