CN3005: Canine Anatomy and Behavior Precourse Distance Study

Please register for the Canine Anatomy Course. Your course documents will be available via download immediately upon receipt of your enrollment and fees. Download links are active for 14 days


This course is fashioned after our successful EQ50 Equine Anatomy Pre-Course Distance Study course. If you are planning on attending our signature CN3000 Caninology® Canine Body Worker (CCBW) Certification Course this is required pre-course study to prepare you for the certification course.

We are very excited about this course which was rewritten in 2018 by several veterinarians and Caninology CEO, Debranne Pattillo. We have fresh new illustrations to support the new manual which is over 145 pages. The illustrator, Rachel Walker has provided more canine muscle layers than most published anatomy books. We believe this new format and material will give this course the same success as our equine version.

Who should take this course? Dog owners, sport competitors, working dog owners, trainers, caregivers, groomers, bodyworkers, breeders, veterinarian technicians and assistants, physical therapists, kennel owners, pet sitters and anyone in the health care industry who would like to expand their current knowledge. Lay down the bones and learn those layers of muscles as well as veterinary anatomy! Understand what it means if someone says they are flexing or extending a joint or if they are abducting a limb. If you are serious about continuing on to learn bodywork as a professional, you need the lingo if you want to play with the big kids.

You will find it beneficial for any bodywork approach, biomechanics, lameness, grooming, conditioning or stretching course or workshop you plan to attend now or in the future. Get your head start now. This online course is now open to anyone wishing to broaden their knowledge of veterinary terminology, behavior and the musculoskeletal system of the dog. You will also find it very helpful if taking courses from any program including Caninology courses in anatomy, neurology, biomechanics and any other modality for dogs.

Signing up for this course now allows you the luxury of studying well ahead of time if you intend to take courses in the future, or if you are looking for a review. With the expanded CN3005 course, we have determined it takes around 100 hours to complete.

Canine communication and behavior, handling dogs, veterinary and anatomy terminology, directional terms, bony landmarks and surface markings, skeletal system, joints and movement and the canine muscular system.

Learning activities and exercises are included throughout the new manual. We also have a private Canine Anatomy Facebook group site which is limited to registered students. You can ask questions here, see shared resources and communicate with your classmates. Once you are registered you will be sent an invitation to the group. Debranne Pattillo and Caninology Instructors will be monitoring the group should you have any questions directly in regards to the course material.

This is a self-paced group. There is no need to be in front of a computer at a scheduled time and you have one year from the date of registration to request the exam. Once you have requested the exam you have two weeks to complete it. Currently, it is a written exam but as soon as time allows it will go online.

Please note: You do not have to finish the CN3005 to attend the CCBW course, but you must be extremely familiar with veterinary terminology and the skeletal system. The more you know in advance the more you will get out of your onsite courses.

Price: AU$130 per person; includes E-manual

Please take note! Upon your payment being processed you will receive immediate access to download the course manual and other materials.

By the way… we have the only 300+hour Certification Program which is strictly dedicated to equine and canine bodywork in California and which is approved by the Bureau for Private Postsecondary Education (BPPE)!
If you are wanting a closer look at our Caninology® Canine Body Worker (CCBW) Certification, the CCBW course number is CN3000.

Methods of Instruction and Delivery: This is a self-paced course. Although it is designed to be completed in less than two months, we do allow the student one year from the time of registration to complete at home. The complete course manual (172 pages) is sent to you via a hyperlink from to download directly to your computer to save or print. You do not have to purchase the text.

If you prefer a hard copy you are free to print a copy for yourself. If you do not have access to printer remember you can download the link onto a USB and take it to your favorite print store.

There are Additional Learning Activities within the manual which are required components of the course, not optional. If you do not complete them you will miss a good deal of the course.

When you have completed reviewing all the course content, you will request the open book final exam and you have a time limit of one month to complete the exam. No worries! You have 3 attempts to pass

If you are interested in signing up for this course you can register directly through the provided link by scrolling below or send a check (USA only) or international money order to the Equinology office at: 610 Noah Court, Napa, CA 94558.

Please remember you do not have to finish the CN3005 in order to be able to attend the CCBW course but you must be extremely familiar with the skeletal system and the surface anatomy. Join us for one of the CCBW courses; sign up now!

The current CN3000: Caninology® Canine Body Worker (CCBW) Certification Course is held over a 9-day period (4 days on, 1 day off for guided home study, 4 days on). Course is followed by a 6-month externship done at home.

If you are looking for a particular country’s schedule, view the calendar here.

To complete Caninology® Canine Body Worker (CCBW) Certification Course students need to complete the CN3005 final exam before the CCBW certificate is released. Again, you may attend the CCBW onsite course before you finish this CN3005 course.

Requirements of Students: A computer and internet access is required for students to download the text and documents delivered via “High Tail” which is a program utilized to send large documents. The internet connection should be 56K modem and although slower speeds will work, high speed is preferable (cable, LAN, DS etc.) Students should have computer and internet access to view suggested links as well as videos on You Tube. While not required to have a Facebook account, students have the opportunity to access the same documents on the Facebook group established for this course.


You must be a High School Graduate*or over 18 years of age* or

You must have High School English equivalency reading skills**

*Those who are under 18 years of age need permission from their parents or guardians. If the student is not a high school graduate, they will need to take an “Ability to Benefit” exam which we have online at no charge. Parents you must call the office at 707.377.4313 or write if you are registering your child under 18years of age. Do not continue the registration process; please contact the office.

**Those who are not high school graduates or similar and are over 18 years need to take the “Ability to Benefit” exam which we offer at no charge. Please contact the office for the link.

This EQ50 course also offers 50 continuing education hours for members of the National Certification Board of Therapeutic Massage and Bodywork (Human State Certification).

   Date: Ongoing via Distance Learning
   Location: Location: Worldwide
   Instructor: Debranne Pattillo MEEBW
   Price: AU$130

You can register on this site directly for all Australia onsite courses and all worldwide online courses. External links for non-Australia onsite courses will take you to the appropriate website to continue your registration.

Registering via the Website:
You can click on the course number and scroll down to the bottom of the link to register for the particular Australia location and dates. The USA west coast office currently registers all online courses directly no matter where you live. Follow the “register now” link which will take you to the secure shopping cart. Here you can pay with a major credit card or Pay Pal. We do not accept wire transfers due to the processing fee.

Registering via Phone:
Please call the office during business hours 10 am-1 pm Pacific Time: 707.377.4313. You have the option to pay via credit card, Pay Pal or can arrange to send in a check.

Registering via Mail:
You can send your payment (checks, money orders or credit card numbers including the expiration date, CCV and billing zip code) to Equinology, Inc., 610 Noah Ct, Napa, CA 94558. Credit card registrations are also accepted over the phone.
Students are not registered until the non-refundable/non-transferable $500 deposit is received for the course. The $500 deposit is credited towards your course tuition. Courses $500 or less are paid in full at the time of registration. Please take note that all tuition balances are due 60 days prior to the beginning of the course.

To be eligible for our courses, a student must possess these skill sets:
    High School English equivalency reading skills*
    High School Graduate** or over 18 years of age
    Clearly understand the English Language***

* Those who are not high school graduates need to take an “Ability to Benefit” (ATB) test. We now have our own approved alternative ATB exam specific to equine or canine. Please contact the office at for the link, password and state whether this is for a horse or dog course. The exam is at no charge and you have 3 attempts to pass.
** Those who are under 18 years of age need permission from their parents or guardians. If the student is not a high school graduate, they will need to take and document the Ability to Benefit Test as described above with a minimum score demonstrating that they have the ability to benefit from Equinology’s instruction.
*** Equinology Inc. does not offer English as a Second Language instruction. It does not offer English language services of any kind.

If you have any questions, please call!


The deadline to enroll for onsite courses offered by Equinology, Inc® is eight weeks prior to the first day of class. Tuitions which are $500 and over will require a registration fee of $500 to enroll and these are nonrefundable and nontransferable. This $500 registration fee is credited to the total tuition of the particular course. There is no registration fee for the few courses that cost less than $500. Those courses which are less than $500 will require payment in full upon registration.

Any student that notifies Equinology, Inc. to cancel a course must do so in writing and has the right to registration and obtain a refund of charges paid towards the tuition prior to 60 days of the course commencement less the $500 non-refundable registration fee. Refunds must be requested in writing to Equinology, Inc., attention Mr. Paul Hougard, COO/CFO, at 610 Noah Court, Napa, CA 94558 or the Equinology email at

Confirmation letters as well as the course outline, things to bring, required study before the course (if applicable), directions and lodging will be sent when the deposit has been paid. The balance of the tuition is collected eight weeks prior to the start of the course date.

Our instructor’s contract policy allows us sixty (60) days cancellation after which we are locked into our agreement. If you are unable to attend this course you may sell your spot to another individual providing that person has met the course prerequisites. Please notify the office for the data correction.

Our refund policies are stated on the factsheet, confirmation letters and on the website. As a reminder, registration fees which are used as deposits for courses are nonrefundable and nontransferable . In the event that Equinology cancels a course due to low enrollment we will refund your registration fee and any monies paid towards the remainder of the tuition. We will not “roll” the registration fee (deposit) over to another course for you should you not be able to attend.


If a course should not run due to low enrollment or other circumstances, Equinology will notify the students 28 days prior to the course commencement and return all tuitions collected including the deposit. Although students may wish to make travel arrangement before this time, Equinology cannot be held responsible for travel arrangements made before the 28 days. Equinology also cannot be responsible for student travel expenses should the class need to be canceled due natural disasters, or sociopolitical conflicts or an instructor emergency (death or severe illness or injury of self or immediate family member). In the case of instructor emergency, we will substitute an appropriate instructor if available before canceling the course. We suggest you purchase travel insurance for travel arrangements in case of one of these rare incidents.

Please note:

  • You cannot be confirmed on a class list until the registration fee (deposit) is received and the appropriate documentation has been returned (enrollment form etc)
  • You will not remain on the classlist and will forfeit your deposit if you do not pay the balance of your tuition by the designated date. We will attempt to contact you at least three times via email, text and phone.
  • Please prepare yourself for the course if precourse study is required
  • If a course has required texts, you should purchase these prior to the course
  • Please read the list of things to bring
  • In accordance with Title VII of the Civil Rights Act: We do not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sex or national origin
  • If you have any questions, please call us, that’s what we are here for!
  • Equinology reserves the right to cancel workshops due to circumstances beyond our control, including but not limited to, low enrollment, at which time all fees (including the registration fee/deposit) collected for the purpose of enrollment will be refunded.

Please note:

  • Equinology cannot be responsible for any losses incurred by registrants resulting from canceled or postponed workshops
  • Equinology recommends that registrants secure travel insurance
  • Registration fees (deposits) are non-refundable and non-transferable; no exceptions
  • Tuition is due 60 days prior to course commencement
  • A $25 fee is charged for any returned checks
  • Any students with outstanding accounts are not allowed to register for any Equinology or Caninology course worldwide until their debt has been addressed and paid.

For distance educational courses where the instruction is not offered in real-time, Equinology must transmit the first lesson and any materials to any student within seven days after Equinology accepts the student for admission. The student has the right to cancel the agreement and receive a full refund before the first lesson and materials are received. Cancellation is effective on the date written notice of cancellation is sent (see above contact information). If Equinology has sent the first lesson then the student is not eligible for a refund; Equinology shall not be obligated to pay any refund after the lessons and material are transmitted.