CC430: Helping Dogs Thrive: Massage for Performance Dogs

Instructor: Lori Stevens

Course Details

Course Description

In this class you will learn about massaging your own dog. We will cover canine massage techniques, the muscles we are affecting with massage, muscle anatomy, assessment, palpation, fascia, Tellington TTouch® bodywork, and much more. We'll discuss how to determine which muscle groups are important based on which sports and activities your dog performs.

We will focus on how to do canine massage safely and effectively. You’ll learn about stretching your dog and how to help maintain healthy muscle tissue. My goal is for you to know what your dog’s healthy tissue feels like and how to help maintain it.

Massage for Performance Dogs is designed for anyone involved in canine sports, including agility, obedience, barn hunt, freestyle, conformation, lure coursing, flyball, SAR, and more. My sport is canine fitness so I include myself in this program. But you don’t have to be involved in a sport to participate in this course. Dogs who are not involved in a sport also benefit from massage for their general health and well-being. And if you are spending a lot of time training and competing in your sport, massage will be a nice addition for “off days” or evenings.

This is an introductory course, meaning no prior experience with any of the topics covered is needed. For gold-level participants, I will provide feedback on your massage technique, as well as your own posture and alignment while performing massage, your dog’s behavior during massage, and more. I’ll give you tips and support on how to be more successful with all of the concepts presented in this course. Your dog just may become addicted to bodywork!


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