Structure and Gait Analysis...The Key to Effective Conditioning
Course developed and taught by Tara Monahan OCT CPCFT SCMT
When developing a conditioning program, it's important to be able to evaluate the results of your work and establish next steps, and this course will help you develop those skills. Understanding structure and gait can help owners identify areas of strength in their dogs, as well as areas they should focus on when developing a conditioning program. It can give early warning that a dog is experiencing discomfort, and allow you to communicate with your vet more effectively. It allows you to make more educated decisions for your dog when deciding to participate in a sport or activity, track changes in your dog, and ultimately leads to you becoming a better, more informed owner.
“I also feel much more confident in my ability to advocate on my dog’s behalf…”
Tara exceeded my expectations in all aspects of this course. Her many years of teaching is evident in the course construction and presentation of information as is the amount of time and attention to detail that went into creating this course and providing feedback to students. The course is laid out well, building from one week to the next with many fun, hands-on, interactive activities that really solidified the weekly topics. By the end of the course, I had a much better understanding of how structure and gait are interconnected and can affect the dog as a whole. I also feel much more confident in my ability to advocate on my dog’s behalf if I notice any issues in the future.
What will you learn in this course?
Structure and gait terminology
Identifying areas of strength and areas of challenge in a dog's structure
Assessing at a glance - what should you look for?
The relationship between structure and gait
How to identify different gaits
How to document concerns in preparation for a vet appointment
…more valuable than any other single course or book I have ever completed before…
Is this the right course for you?
While this course is asynchronous, it isn't an auditing course; it's an interactive, collaborative course that benefits hugely from student participation. We will be using a variety of technology and apps to learn, to reinforce, to edit, and to collaborate - so the ideal participant is either comfortable with technology or willing to get comfortable with technology. The only way to get better at structure and gait analysis is to apply what you learn, and there will be many opportunities to use your developing knowledge. With this in mind, the ideal student will have the time to participate weekly for the six weeks, and an internet connection that allows for the viewing and upload of pictures and videos. This is a "rabbit hole" course - you may spend half an hour a week on it, or you may get sucked into the rabbit hole of evaluation, discussion, and debate and spend more time on it than you intended.
To say that I got my money’s worth for this course is an understatement.
To say that I got my money’s worth for this course is an understatement. Even though I don’t know Tara very well, I knew going in that she would put in a tremendous amount of time and effort in creating this course. Tara did not disappoint, in fact, at one point I asked if she actually got any sleep because I saw the kind of feedback (detailed & informative) she gave for EACH STUDENT’s assignment. Her assignments were thoughtful, meant to make you think about what you have learned in the lectures, and apply it in a practical way. She is everything I would want from a good teacher. She explains details in a way that you can digest and understand, and “see” in your head. She challenges you to think of why a dog moves in a certain way, and she inspires you to do/learn more.