Canine Massage for Beginners (Home use only)

About the Course

This one day course is an introduction to canine massage. How and why it works and the benefits of massage. Topics covered will include:

  • Introduction to massage - why and how it works
  • Contraindications and Vets Act 1966
  • Introduction to bodies systems involved with massage
  • Locating the bony landmarks
  • Locating the main muscle groups
  • Have a go at: feathering, effleurage, the fan and wringing
  • Learn routine and practice to music
  • Top tips to extend your dog's physical health
The practical side of the course is not suitable for dogs with; cancer, neuropathy, broken bones, lesions, strains and sprains, pregnancy, with plates and pins, diabetes, infectious diseases, fungal infection, colitis, diarrhoea, hernia, acute arthritis, phlebitis, cardiovascular problems, a temperature over 104 degrees celsius, are in shock or post op.

It is important you read contraindications before making your booking.

Contraindications for Animal Massage (pdf)


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

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

Please bring a packed lunch and all refreshments needed for the day.

Course Dates

Saturday 15 October 2022 (9:00am to 5:00pm)

£120 per person (7 places available)


For group bookings please contact 01245 424287