Prerequisite: Trust and Relationship-Building with Dogs
Effective canine massage involves much more than applying massage techniques to the body. In addition to learning the techniques, participants will learn the essential skills of palpation, which include understanding the basics of skeletal 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.