Beginners Guide to Canine Massage

Beginners Guide to Canine Massage is the perfect introduction into how dog massage can help your best friend at home! By the end of this 1 Day Workshop you will be able to give your dog a Full Body 40 Minute Swedish Massage to help loosen stiff, sore, tight muscles, improve their comfort levels and improve their sense of wellbeing.

This is an exciting, yet relaxing day that you and your dog will both benefit from. In the morning you will be learning more about what’s underneath your dog’s skin with a fun tutorial ‘Anatomy Dot to Dot’ where you will be finding your dog’s main skeletal landmarks and some of your dog’s powerful main muscle groups. You will also learn some of the subtle signs that your dog is holding a muscular injury.

And, in the afternoon you will practice and perfect 9 main Swedish massage techniques including Passive Range of Motion (PROM) to help improve your dog’s comfort levels and overall wellbeing. Then we will put everything together in a fully choreographed 40 minute routine guided by myself with time for self-practice.

You’ll also learn how to help identify lifestyle issues that could be causing or exacerbating mobility issues with your dog. Hundreds of dog owners, like you, have been taught how to help their own dog at home, relieve stiffness and help conditions like Arthritis and Hip Dysplasia.

You don’t need to have any massage skills in order to do this workshop, just the willingness and enthusiasm to enjoy the day!


How much does it cost?
£90, payable in advance. Your place is not secured until I have received payment.

Where are the workshops held?
I will be holding workshops at venues around the country. Please check the Shop for listings and dates. If you would like to see one in your area then let me know and I can try and arrange it. If you are a private club or group who have a suitable venue and would like to arrange one then please get in touch to discuss it.

What time do they start?
It is an all day event, running from 9.30-4.30. I will start at 9.30 so come earlier to get yourself and your dog settled.

Do I bring my own dog?
You will need to bring a dog to work on, and it is best that it is one who knows you and trusts you.

What will my dog need?
Bring a comfy bed, preferably flat, vet bed or something for your dog to lie on. Some water and food if need be. Their lead and collar and you might want to put a coat on them if you have a long drive home so that they can stay warm.

What should I wear?
You will be on the floor (unless otherwise arranged) so you should wear stretchy, comfortable trousers. You will also have your shoes off so you might want to bring some cosy socks too. I know I get cold feet!

Do I bring lunch?
Yes, please bring something for lunchtime, I can't guarantee heating opportunities. I will supply tea, coffee and biscuits for the breaks.

Does this 1 day workshop qualify me to work on other people's dogs?
Categorically NO. You would need to apply to the Canine Massage Therapy Centre to enrol on their 2 year Clinical Canine Massage Practitioner Programme.



Sun 27 January 2019
Stirling Dog Behavioural Centre
Bandeath Industrial Estate, near Stirling

Sun 3 February 2019
Stirling Dog Behavioural Centre
Bandeath Industrial Estate, near Stirling

Sun 24 March 2019
Stirling Dog Behavioural Centre
Bandeath Industrial Estate, near Stirling

Sun 28 April 2019
Stirling Dog Behavioural Centre
Bandeath Industrial Estate, near Stirling

Sun 12 May 2019
Perth Pet Care – Doggy Day Care
Unit 5 Advance Factory, Arran Road, Perth PH1 3DZ

COST: £90

You can check availability and select the date when you commence booking

This workshop may qualify for CPD hours, please check with your regulator.

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This workshop is licenced by Canine Massage Therapy Centre and accredited by UK Rural Skills.

"Thanks Catriona. Great workshop today - lots of information to absorb... and I thoroughly enjoyed it. One of my spotty dogs has already enjoyed the benefits of what I learned!"

Karen Deverill, Stirlingshire

"We learned such a lot and Catriona's patient approach and comprehensive notes have given us loads to go home and work with. Thank you! These new situations are not easy for an environmentally sensitive dog like Ross, but I was thrilled with him today. Thank you Catriona!"

Patricia Templeton, Edinburgh

Contact details

Tel: +44 7715 818194

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