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Canine Massage and Energy Work

10 Hour CE Course

Average rating based on the following evaluation questions:

  1. The presentation of the subject was clear and to the point.
  2. Content was interesting to me.
  3. I gained new knowledge.
  4. The materials held my attention.
  5. I can use this information in my practice.
  6. This program met my personal expectations.
  7. Overall quality of course content and materials were excellent.

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This course explores the energetic dynamics between people and dogs with detailed text, photographs and charts. It includes the concepts behind a variety of massage practices, positional release techniques, acupressure, healing touch and chakra balancing. The textbook author, Jonathan Rudinger, RN, LMT, is the president of The International Association of Animal Massage and Bodywork. This course does not teach hands-on skills.

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Content Outline

Energy Work Concepts Applied to Dogs
  • Scope of practice
  • Definitions
  • The physical and energetic body
0.5 Hour
Benefits of Massage for Dogs
  • Physical benefits
  • Emotional and behavioral benefits
  • Bonding and confidence
0.5 Hour
Benefits for Older Dogs and for Dogs Before and After Surgery 0.5 Hour
Language Defines the Culture
  • Verbal communication
  • Nonverbal communication
0.5 Hour
The “Pushing Tree” Exercise 0.5 Hour
Increasing Sensory Awareness 0.5 Hour
Key Elements of Assessment 0.5 Hour
0.5 Hour
The Energetic Body
Acupressure Points/Acupoints
0.5 Hour
Traditional Asian Medicine: Yin & Yang
Accessing and Following Meridians
0.5 Hour
Auras, Energy Shells and Chakras
Applications of Chakra Information
Reality Check
0.5 Hour
Filters 0.5 Hour
Essential Intangibles
  • Healing purpose and intention
  • Entrainment
  • Love
0.5 Hour
Human Body Mechanics
The Dog’s Body Mechanics
0.5 Hour
Human Energy Mechanics
The Dog’s Energy Mechanics
Release and Grounding
0.5 Hour
Ruffling and Smoothing
Pain Drain and Energy Boost
Stillness and Quiet
0.5 Hour
The Assessment Sequence
Respiratory Enhancement
Session Sequence
Response at End of the Session
0.5 Hour
This is the Future of Holistic Animal Care Elizabeth’s Poem 0.5 Hour

Suggested Reading, Annotated Bibliography, Open-book Test and Course Evaluation

1 Hour
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I really enjoyed learning about pet/dog massage and how we can better relate to our furry friends. In addition, I would like to say that being in an environment (work in sports facility) it is really fascinating to learn more about energy work. It will also come in useful to our own pets.

Charlotte, CA

The course was thorough, and informative I really enjoyed participating.

Carole A. Eastwood CLMT

I knew the connection with my own dog was strong, but through this course I was able to deepen my understanding of her and myself and connect on levels I never thought possible. A wondrous side effect has been an understanding of energy work and energy systems in general that previously was only conceptual. My work with humans has deepened and my work with dogs has only just begun. My deepest gratitude to the author and Health Positive!.

Beverly J. Sparks, CMT

I am very impressed with your courses! I found this course very interesting and now would like to learn even more about this subject.

Barbara Beucher LMT

The course was excellent and informative! The materials were well presented and clearly defined.

Annetta S. Muska

I think this is a wonderful opportunity to begin a journey with the animals that we share our lives with.

Jody L. Hansen, NCTMB

The material was well-presented, well-organized and clearly described. It is an excellent reference book with detailed information that I will continue to refer to.

Johanna Jaffer, MSHA, NCTMB, Hellerwork Practitioner

This was a wonderful course for animal massage and energetic healing techniques.

Joshuah Keane, Federal Way, WA

Info and examples brought insight into the way I communicate with my three dogs and a greater understanding of their needs. Admiration for our dogs energy-reading abilities.

Pam Fox-Ries - MT - Las Vegas, NV

This course offers a great review of energy in general. It also elevates the experience of 'dog' for both the animal and the human.

Patrick Black, CMT, NCTMB


Trina Cox - LMT, NTS

This course provides advanced training in PetMassage with more emphasis on energy work that you can use on your own dog(s). It suggests a plethora of exercises/meditations for you and your dog as well as a recommended PetMassage routine.

Wendy Goldniak, CMT

As the owner of a dog boarding, training, breeding kennel and a licensed massage therapist and energy practitioner I thoroughly enjoyed this course. It greatly refreshed my memory in working with healing energy and gave me a much needed "feel" for working with all the beautiful dogs that come my way. It re-ignited and expanded the "healer within me"! Thank You...

Karen Huffman, LMT, NCTMB

Energy work is new to me, and I learned a lot from the course. Thank you for making it available as a CEU.

David Denton, LMT

I learned so much from this course! I found the materials easy to read, the explanations clear and to the point and the overall course very enjoyable and informative. I would recommend it to anyone who would like to broaden their knowledge of energy work or enhance their interactions with their canine friends. Great course!

Hope Seely, LMT

I thoroughly enjoyed this course!

Marilyn Rhodes, LMT

This was presented very well. After each chapter to have an exercise to do brought the information to reality. I was able to anchor the information and technique must faster. The content was easy to read and the information flowed well from chapter to chapter. I look forward to taking additional courses... All my warmth and appreciation to having access to many courses to experience.

Karen Baskin, CMT, NCTMB

The book for this course was very informative and has given me a lot to think about energy wise even when it comes to doing massage for my people clients. I liked being able to print the test out and review the questions before answering them on line.

Dee Sieger, RMT

I loved this courses and it couldn't have come at a better time... my 5 year old bernese mountain dog had become very sick and had to stay in the ER for 5 days the first time and again for 2 days. I went to visit her 3 times a day and would work on different energy points, and massage her anything I could do for her weak body. And I'm happy to say she is home now on the road to recovery thanks to her great doctors. I really enjoyed this course.

Suzen Cook, LMT

Lots of useful information and easy to understand. I really enjoyed this course and so did my two dogs. They would get very excited to help me with "class". :)

Tamera Kowalski, LMT

Should be accredited in every state. Dogs are everywhere and require loving touch.

Lisa Shutts, LMT

Really enjoyed!!!

Pamela Ann Geisel, LMT

Excellent choice of classes!

Annamaria Maier, LMT

I am excited to see how my dogs react and prosper through the techniques I have begun to learn.

Amanda Clark, LMT, NCTMB

This course was definitely interesting. I am planning on utilizing my newly acquired knowledge in my practice. I would love to learn Canine energy and massage work, approved for NY and NJ, for it is my main interest and next destination in my practice. Thank you for the great variety of courses you offer.

Anastasia Konn, LMT

It opened my eyes to treating my own dogs! Also reminded my about how to handle people....

Victoria Jackson, LMT

I loved this course. I love all animals and this course helped bring greater knowledge of how our animals are. I just wish I can get certified in this. This is interesting!

Lisa Dowers, LMT

An amazing course,now I would like to do the instruction course!!

Joseph Ralston, LMT

This is a really excellent course for any dog owner and any therapist interested in helping dogs on an energy level, if not a therapeutic level. I'm hoping to expand into pet massage and will likely take more classes from this expert as well as others!

Christine Nonnenmacher, LMT, NCTMB

Took his earlier course. His expertise, presentation, and info greatly expanded and informed. Useful info and techniques for any animal or “human”.

Lynn Vrany, LMT, NCTMB

WhaWhooo!!! Love it! Delightfully informative creating the perfect environment to get present to this astonishing capacity we have to be a gift to all beings of nature! Thank YOU!

Tina Marie Nawn, BCTMB

This home study was very intriguing and very informative. I learned a lot more about the true connection between man and animal/dog. It was very eye opening causing me to think more about the relationship between man and animal and heart and touch.

Electra L. Westmoreland, LMT

Love it. I have a dog and I enjoyed using and practicing on her. I learned a lot.

Glenda Bea McArthur, LMT

I really enjoyed this class,this subject really interests me. I massage my dog frequently & it has helped him tremendously over the years. The Energy work fascinates me, I learned so many things that will be useful in helping my dog with issues that arise physically, & emotionally. Will enjoy having the book to refer to. Great class!

Patricia Siddall

Having practiced for 3 decades, I appreciate the opportunity to take CE courses in subject areas that are diverse. My work has extended to animals over the years and this course in Pet Massage and energy work was refreshing and useful.

Eileen Kinsella, LMT, BCTMB

This was a fun and interesting course. I bonded with my puppy throughout this course while practicing techniques. I thoroughly enjoyed this PetMassage Course!

Michelle Chaves-Torres, LMT, BCTMB

I totally enjoyed this course! So happy I took it and that the NCBTMB allows it for CEU's. I have taken many courses from your company and have been very pleased with all of them, but I really enjoyed this one for sure! I have 3 dogs and will be reading this book over and over and practicing on my dogs, can't wait! Thank you!

Debbie Leppo, BCTMB

The material in the book exceeded my expectations- I’m looking forward to reading more of his books; is very informative and entertaining :-)

Kerrie March, LMT

This has been one of my favorite CE courses that I have taken. This is knowledge that I know will be helpful to me in my practice as well as with my own pet.

Dinelle Alley, LMT, BCTMB

An excellent presentation of course materials. The textbook is very well written and a pleasure to read. I love how the author "talks" to the reader as if he were addressing you directly. I plan to buy a book on stretches for dogs if the author of Canine Massage offers one.

Rosemary Barnes, BCTMB

Thank you so much for your kindness and understanding. I will keep coming back to your offerings throughout my practice life. Thank you, thank you. I just attended a Reiki Conference and found the information that I learned from this Energy Work for Dogs course put me ahead of the pack! I was able to smoothly and completely related and feel comfortable with my knowledge. Thank you for the education and knowledge.

Susan Cadigan, LMT, BCTMB

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Learning Objectives

  1. Correctly identify the scope of the practice outlined in this course.
  2. Identify the physical, emotional and behavioral benefits of massage for dogs.
  3. Identify the benefits of massage for older dogs and for dogs before and after surgery.
  4. Identify at least five nonverbal areas of communication between the dog and human, including the signs of acceptance or refusal to massage.
  5. Describe the key elements of the “pushing the tree” exercise.
  6. Describe the massage exercises that help increase the therapist’s sensory awareness.
  7. Identify the key elements of the assessment procedure.
  8. Identify the benefits and contraindications for each of the following: grounding strokes, compression, stroking, skin rolling, body rolling and rocking, stretching the coat and limbs, percussion, and integration.
  9. Describe the different types of Chi; identify at least five acupressure points and their locations on a dog, and describe the effects to the dog when the points are touched.
  10. Identify the meridians’ properties and direction and recognize the contraindications to meridian work.
  11. Describe the three lower energy shells; identify the chakras and their properties, and recognize the location of each chakra.
  12. List the major filters through which a dog relates to him/herself and the environment.
  13. Define intention and entrainment and their relationship to massage.
  14. Describe the table requirements necessary for the therapist and the dog’s comfort, safety, rhythm and flow during the massage.
  15. Recognize the body mechanics that enhance and restrict the flow of chi and list the high-energy points on a dog.
  16. Compare and contrast the purposes of ruffling and unruffling and recognize the importance of motionless holding.
  17. Describe the assessment sequence; identify common contraindications to treatment; recognize the recommended session sequence, and list the possible post-session responses of the dog.
  18. Identify the author’s perspectives about the future of holistic animal care.
  19. Identify at least one method to support the growth of holistic animal care.
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Sample Text

"We know that the Yang meridians run primarily from front to back and top to bottom. Yang is on the dorsal and lateral (upper and outer) parts of the body.

We know that Yin meridians run primarily from back to front and from bottom to top. Yin is on the ventral and medial (lower and inner) parts of the body.

#1. Cranial, or near the head: Start at the insides of the front paws. Yin. Slide your hands up the inside (medial) legs to the sternum, chest, throat and to the chin. Yang. Allow your hands to flow up the sides of the jaw to the ears. Slide your hands around the front of the ears and allow them to slide back over the top of the head down to the sides of the neck to the shoulders. Continue to stroke down the outside (lateral) of the forelegs to the outside toes. Repeat this circular motion at least 6 times."  (PetMassage Energy Work With Dogs by Jonathan Rudinger RN LMT, 2nd ed., 2003, p. 122)

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Sample Test Question

According to the exercises that connect yin to yang meridians near your dog’s head, start at the insides of the front paws and slide your hands

  1. up inside the legs to the sternum, chest, throat and to the chin
  2. up along the outside of the legs to the shoulders, neck and ears
  3. up inside the legs to the elbow then outside the legs to the scapula, withers and ears
  4. up along the outside of the legs to the upper arm then along the shoulder point to the dewlap
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