Canine Massage - An Introduction (Home use only) - Writtle University College
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Canine Massage - An Introduction (Home use only)

About the Course

This course will provide a balance of theory and practical content designed to offer an understanding of behavioural, anatomical, and bio-mechanical concepts which will underpin the massage skills you will develop.

The first part of the training will be more theoretical, the second part more practical and will aim at giving you basic massage techniques destined to home massage.

Topics covered will be:

  • Breeds and breeds specificity regarding behaviour
  • Dog communication
  • Signs of health
  • Directions
  • Conformation
  • Gaits
  • Anatomy – bony landmarks
  • Anatomy- main muscles
  • Massage benefits
  • Massage contraindication
  • Massage techniques

A Writtle University College Certificate of Attendance will be issued on completion of the course.

Entry Requirements

Participants must be over 18 years of age and bring a dog with them.

By making a booking you are declaring yourself medically fit to participate in the course

All dogs must be fully vaccinated and vaccination must be up to date. Please send a copy when applying and bring their vaccination cards to be checked on the first day.

Please let us know beforehand if your dog has displayed aggressive behaviour before. If so please provide a muzzle for its safety, other dogs’ and participants’ safety. WUC reserves the right to refuse attendance to any dog considered a danger. All dogs must receive a vet’s consent prior to the start of the course.

Please do not bring a sick dog. Please do not bring a dog on heat. All dogs must be kept on leads unless instructed differently. No dog should be left in car unattended.

If your dog soils, please clean up after him/her immediately. Please bring poo bags, treats, lead, collar, harness personal bed or any item if it helps them to be comfortable.

Wear comfortable clothes, preferably long sleeves and sensible footwear. Long hair should be tied back, nails should be kept short.

Please do not record the lectures although stills photography is allowed.

Useful Information

As with all practical courses participants are required to wear sturdy footwear.

Participants will require note taking equipment.

Participants are advised to bring a packed lunch. Morning and afternoon refreshments are provided.

Free parking is available on campus; a permit will be issued and should be clearly displayed.

Participants are advised to bring a packed lunch. Morning and afternoon refreshments are provided.

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Course Dates

Saturday 18 January 2020 - Sunday 19 January 2020 (9:00am to 5:00pm)

£220 per person (16 places available)


For group bookings please contact Michelle Williams 01245 424287