Level 1: Canine Massage Foundations

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The Canine Massage Foundations program is ideal for students who live outside of the Chicagoland area, or for animal lovers, pet parents, canine professionals, and those who would like to add another service to their existing dog-focused business. The foundation program is completely hands-on and provides students with the basics of canine massage and beyond. Through this program, students receive a solid and intensive introduction to canine massage, with an emphasis on relaxation, wellness, and sports massage
Why is a completely hands-on approach to learning so important? Becoming a skilled practitioner takes time and a vast amount of hands-on practice. Many of the fundamental elements of canine massage – such as proper massage technique and understanding canine behavior, to name just two – can only be taught and learned in real-life situations. Palpation and massage techniques are learned best when each student’s technique can be assessed for correctness on an on-going basis. Consistent feedback and guidance from instructors allow students to grow in skill and confidence. In terms of behavior, the only way to learn how to work effectively with dogs that are fearful, anxious, poorly socialized, touch reactive, cognitively dysfunctional, or in pain is to experience them first-hand in a safe and controlled learning environment.
Our foundations curriculum includes the following topics:
Canine massage overview
History of massage
Canine ethology
Canine physical and social development
Canine behavior and low stress handling
Understanding and working with stress, anxiety, and fear in dogs
Palpation and assessment
Fundamental massage techniques
Basic canine anatomy, physiology, and kinesiology
Working with shelter dogs
Pre-event, post-event, and maintenance massage for canine athletes
Introduction to trigger point therapy
Introduction to Passive Range of Motion (PROM) and stretching techniques
Gait observation
Common canine musculoskeletal conditions
Complementary modalities
Basic business practices
Additionally, our hands-on curriculum provides students with 3-dimensional learning experiences. Students have the opportunity to:
Access a wide array of study materials and anatomy tools to reinforce in-class learning
Learn anatomical structures by applying concepts to live dogs and skeletal models
Learn musculoskeletal anatomy by working with clay to build anatomical structures
Meet and interact with guest lecturers who are among the top people in the field
Work with real clients in real-life situations – the ultimate learning experience.
This program consists of 60 hours of in-class lecture and hands-on learning experiences, and 40 hours of out-of-class learning. Students are required to document observation and lab hours, arrange independent clients for case studies, and complete internship hours providing canine massage therapy services.
We keep our classes very small (4-to-1 student-to-teacher ratio) to ensure that every student’s learning needs can be met throughout the duration of the program. Additionally, students receive continued support following the 7 days of in-class time to facilitate completion of program requirements. Graduates and past students are also welcome to access study tools and attend the anatomy lab at no additional charge.

February 29 - March 6

For Your K9, 1975 Cornell Ave, Melrose Park,
Times: 9:00 AM – 6:00 PM
Cost $1,600 – An electronic Course Manual is sent once tuition is received in full
Deposit: $600 – Non-refundable
**Additional book fees not included

Education Required

Students must be at least 18 years old
Students much have high school completion or GED

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