Canine Massage For Dog Owners

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4 Part Online DIY Course

Learn how to massage your dog back to good health, extend the quality and quantity of their life, and basically bring them back to being happier and healthier by giving them improved flexibility and freedom.

If you would like to learn how to relieve the muscle tension and soreness that your beloved best friend is experiencing, while connecting with your dog even more on a regular basis, then this course is for you! There are no pre-requisites except a love for your dog and a passion to help them to live a long, happy & healthy life.

Canine Massage For Dog Owners

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This short course is a general information course, designed for owners of dogs who would like to know more about how to massage their pet at home, for relaxation and to relieve muscle soreness. If your dog has a particular pathology or has had recent surgery, please see your vet or animal physiotherapist for advice before commencing a massage on your dog.

Aims of the Canine Massage for Dog Owners Course

This Course in Canine Massage for Dog Owners has been designed with these aims in mind:

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    Provide an additional avenue for dog owners to connect with their canine best friend and build on the relationship between them.

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    Teach dog owners how to do a basic assessment and choose a suitable massage technique, specific to the needs of their dog.

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    Provide more dogs the opportunity to build muscle strength, reduce muscle soreness, improve mobility, and generally relax more.

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    Impart professional knowledge on dog owners to ensure the quality of the care being given is the highest possible and won't harm the dog in any way.

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    Learn an easy and enjoyable method that can be done at home to support the healing process of your dog after surgery.


The Course chief Instructor is Michelle Monk - a Physiotherapist, with a Masters Degree in Animal Physiotherapy and a Post-graduate Diploma in Myofascial Trigger Point and Dry Needling. Plus, Michelle has won several awards for her delivery of service to canine patients and for her research in the area of rehabilitation following surgery for cruciate disease.

Michelle has been an Animal Physiotherapist, utilising soft tissue therapies and massage sine 2002 when she opened the first Canine Rehabilitation Centre and has taught canine massage and myofascial trigger point therapy courses to students both in Australia and internationally.

Michelle is assisted by her team – a group of Physiotherapists with Masters Degrees in Animal Physiotherapy and is passionate about providing massage and health care to all canines to improve their general health, wellbeing, and recovery from injury and illness.

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Course Modules

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    Setting up the Massage Environment

  • 2

    Basic Canine Anatomy

  • 3

    Mini Assessment Preparation

  • 4

    Different Massage Techniques

  • 5

    Choosing the Correct Technique

  • 6

    Massage for Neck Pain or Arthritis

  • 7

    Massage for Shoulder Pain

  • 8

    Massage for Dysplasia or Elbow Arthritis

  • 9

    Front Limb Amputation Massage

  • 10

    Back Pain or Arthritis Massage

  • 11

    Hip Arthritis or Pain Massage

  • 12

    Massage for Stifle Pain or Problems

Course Delivery

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From the moment you enroll in this course, you will receive the material and be able to begin learning and applying what you learn

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Course Content Delivery

Course Content Delivery: This course is delivered entirely online via training videos taking you through each step of basic canine massage together with specific massage for different common challenges and pain points.

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Assessment & Examinations

This course is entirely DIY and has been created to provide basic training for the dog owner to be able to provide massage to their dog in the comfort of their own home. Connecting both dog and owner during the treatment.

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If you have any questions rising from this course you can contact us via the contact page or if you would like to book either an online or in person assessment of your dog prior to starting this course, please contact Dogs in Motion on (03) 9553 0896

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Complete this course at your leisure, within the comfort of your own home


Key Points

*Delivered completely online*

• Lifetime Access to Material •

• Happier, Healthier Dog •

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Career Opportunities

This course is designed for dog owners who want to work with their own dog to make them more comfortable through massaging their tight and sore muscles. If you enjoy working with canines and like the thought of becoming a qualified canine remedial massage therapist the Canine Health & Wellbeing Academy has a Certificate Program in Canine Remedial Massage available which, upon completion, would enable you to work in the industry with several career options.

You could set up and work from your own clinic or mobile service. You may choose to work as part of a rehabilitation team, or in a veterinary clinic, grooming facility or a boarding kennel. Existing Canine Rehabilitation and Physiotherapy Centres are also looking for qualified Canine Massage Therapists to help treat their patients.

If you would like to become part of this rapidly growing industry, then click here to learn more about the Certificate Canine Remedial Massage course.


This Canine Massage for Dog Owners Course is NOT an accredited course by the Australian Canine Rehabilitation Association (ACRA). However, many of our other courses are. ACRA is the governing body for the practice of Canine Rehabilitation and Canine Remedial Massage in Australia.

The (ACRA) board is made up of Physiotherapists with a Masters Degree in Animal Physiotherapy, and Veterinary professionals with an interest in Canine Rehabilitation. Membership is open to anyone with an interest in canine rehabilitation with different membership levels available.

Therefore, as a dog owner and dog lover you can become an ACRA member and contribute to the ongoing growth of the Canine Rehabilitation industry while increasing your knowledge and connection with other dog lovers. Please click here to find out more about the ACRA and your membership options.