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Canine Massage Fundamentals - Virginia, March 2018


  • Canis Bodyworks at Heeling House 43760 Trade Center Place, #130 Sterling, Virginia 20166 USA (map)

Effective canine massage involves much more than understanding how to apply massage techniques to the body. Before we can touch a dog, we must earn the dog’s trust.  Trust building is the first and most important step when working with any dog, even your own.  In this hands-on workshop, participants learn fundamental massage techniques as well as basic trust building techniques so that you can work with any dog respectfully and safely.

Additionally, participants learn the essential skills of palpation, which include understanding the basics of musculoskeletal anatomy, proper body mechanics, and how to engage your “thinking fingers” in order to assess the dog’s body. Participants will also learn universal safety recommendations, contraindications to massage, and how to recognize signs of stress in dogs.  By the end of the workshop, participants will have gained the tools necessary to provide a dog with an effective and safe massage to promote relaxation and wellness.

*Prerequisite: Trust and Relationship-Building with Dogs