FAQ

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What is canine massage?
Canine massage is a therapeutic discipline that involves directly working with all of the soft tissues of a dog’s body in order to assist the dog in achieving relief from a variety of physical and emotional challenges, including muscular soreness, chronic stress, and more.

What qualifications do I need to become a canine massage therapist?
The primary qualification is to be trained in all aspects of the discipline, such as animal behavior, anatomy and physiology, massage techniques, and more. You do not need any qualifications to enter the program.

Can I bring my dog to class?
Yes, it is encouraged.

Will CSCM help me find a job?
CSCM will provide ongoing support after graduation and work to network in the community. However, it is up to each individual to pursue employment or build an independent practice of his or her own.

How much money can I expect to make as a canine massage therapist?
What you make financially as a CMT depends on where you work. Typically, a single session that lasts an average of 45 minutes will cost between $30-70.

How much time will I need to spend on homework outside of class?
Expect to study 4-5 hours each week.

Do you offer continuing education?
Yes, we feel very strongly that the base program at CSCM is just the beginning of the therapist’s educational journey, and that continuing education is crucial to the development of elite therapists. The continuing education opportunities offered by CSCM are listed on the Programs page of this website.

Is there a demand or job market for canine massage?
Yes, although the field is still in its infancy, the demand for canine massage is growing steadily.

What is the difference between human massage and canine massage?
Human massage therapists work only on humans and canine massage therapists work only on canines. The education and licensing are different.

Do I have to have a license to do canine massage?
No. However, in order to demonstrate that you’re a qualified therapist who has achieved a high level of education and expertise, it is recommended that you complete a comprehensive program that also prepares you to become nationally certified by NBCAAM.

I have no experience or background working with dogs. Can I still take this program?
Yes, the only requirement is that you have an empathetic heart and feel love and respect for all animals.

I am a vet rehab specialist or massage therapist. Do I still have to take the entire program since I have some experience already?
Yes. Although some of the material will be familiar, most of the course content will be different and have a different application.

What if I have to miss a couple classes due to prior commitments?
Class hours may be made up by attending other classes or attending lab hours.

Where is the program taught?
The program is taught out of a state-of-the-art dog training facility and a state-of-the-art rehabilitation clinic for animals.

What are observation hours?
Observation hours are required hours that allow students to observe canine behavior in a multitude of environments, including, but not limited to, dog training classes, rehabilitative sessions, canine sporting events, dog parks, and shelters.

What are intern hours and event hours?
Intern and event hours are hands-on hours during which the student provides therapy for real-life clients.

What do you mean by case studies?
Case studies are clients for whom the students provide therapy and track the clients’ progress.

When can I start working on animals?
We recommend completing the first 50 hours of training before taking on intern and case studies to gain experience. We also recommend that you achieve national certification through NBCAAM before venturing out and providing canine massage therapy services professionally. Students must have had 200 hours of coursework before they are eligible to take the national certification exam.