Pre & Post Event Massage for the Sporting Dog

Whether your sport is Agility, Obedience, Canicross, Gun Dog work, Flyball, Sledging, Showing, Heelwork to Music, Working Trials or you just have a busy dog, this is the workshop for you!

Developing fitness, stability and strength in your sporting dog doesn’t just rely on exercise and training. The best way to compliment your dogs sporting needs is to address the hard working muscular system which is often the first place the body will accrue stress, tightness, fatigue and injury that can inhibit normal performance.

Learn how to look after your dogs muscular system so they can have a long, safe career in their sporting discipline. On this 1 Day Workshop you will learn how to improve your dog’s performance and, more importantly, reduce the risk of injury with these routines developed by a Canine and Human Sports Massage Professional.

You will be taught more about how your dog moves and performs while taking part in a fun and innovative ‘Anatomy Dot to Dot’ before learning your massage techniques and then progressing onto learning three routines:

  • Pre Event Warm up
    Apply a full pre event full body massage to enhance your dogs performance, improve range of motion (ROM) and reduce the likelihood of injury and fatigue
  • Post Event Cool Down
    Apply a full post event cool down massage to help move the metabolic by products of exercise through the system to reduce stiffness and delayed onset muscle soreness (DOMS)
  • Massage Maintenance at home
    Learn how to mix up your massage techniques from earlier in the day with this little added bonus, a relaxation inducing massage beneficial for the body and the mind

You will also learn how to:

  • Locate bony landmarks and why it’s important before starting any massage routine
  • Locate your dogs main muscle groups. You’ll be working with your own dog to do this!
  • Spot subtle signs of muscular injury in your dog
  • To spot signs of performance Injury so you can catch an issue before it becomes a problem

Hundreds of competitors, professional handlers and trainers have done this 1 Day Workshop (with The Canine Massage Therapy Centre) to help improve their knowldge of how to help sustain and improve their dog’s performance.

Help to extend your dog’s working life, enable them to work and move more efficiently as well as identify when and where your dog may be holding an issue plus lots of tips for a top performance. Get ready for an action packed day.

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 20th Jan 2019
Stirling Dog Behavioural Centre
Unit 86, Bandeath Industrial Estate, Throsk, Near Stirling

COST: £90

Special event
Sun 2 December 2018
Gosforth near Newcastle

COST: £95

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.

"Definitely recommend this course to any dog owner. Full of useful information and the massage process was explained clearly and we were given time to put the techniques into practise on the dog. Really enjoyed the day. Thanks"

Valerie Massie, Monifeith

"I have taken my dog to Catriona for treatments as well as attending the one day course for sporting dogs. Expert care and knowledge, highly recommend - whole experience very professional and great value."

Amy McLaughlan, Ayrshire

"Our learnt techniques from yesterday were put into use at an agility training day today. Rocky was on fire! Thank you again, we thoroughly enjoyed the workshop."

Fiona Leel, Lanarkshire

Contact details

Tel: +44 7715 818194

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