Advanced Canine Massage

upcoming programs:

  • October 16-22, 2017 (chicago) | open enrollment

  • NOVEMBER 5-11, 2017 (VIRGINIA) | open enrollment

An ideal program for students who have successfully completed the Canine Massage Foundations program, or an equivalent program, and wish to further develop their knowledge, skill, and experience in this specialized and quickly growing field. Our Advanced Canine Massage program is completely hands-on, reviews and expands on topics covered in the foundations program, and prepares students to take the national certification exam in canine massage offered by NBCAAM. 

Why is a completely hands-on approach to learning so important? Becoming a skilled practitioner takes time and a vast amount of hands-on practice. Many of the fundamental elements of canine massage – such as proper massage technique and understanding canine behavior, to name just two – can only be taught and learned in real-life situations. Palpation and massage techniques are learned best when each person’s technique can be assessed for correctness on an on-going basis. Consistent feedback and guidance from instructors allow participants to grow in skill and confidence. In terms of behavior, the only way to learn how to work effectively with dogs that are fearful, anxious, poorly socialized, touch reactive, cognitively dysfunctional, or in pain is to experience them first-hand in a safe and controlled learning environment.

The following topics are included in Advanced Canine Massage:

  • Advanced canine anatomy, physiology, and kinesiology
  • Gait observation
  • Working with special populations
  • Palliative care
  • Advanced massage techniques, including trigger point therapy, myofascial release, post-surgical edema management, and orthopedic massage techniques
  • Working with touch reactive and challenging behavior
  • Pathology
  • Common canine neurological, pathological, and musculoskeletal conditions
  • Canine First-Aid and CPR training
  • Documentation and record keeping practices
  • Advanced business practices
  • Working with and educating pet parents
  • NBCAAM national certification preparation

Additionally, participants have the opportunity to:

  • Access a wide array of study materials and anatomy tools to reinforce learning.
  • Learn anatomical structures by applying concepts to live dogs and skeletal models.
  • Meet and interact with guest lecturers who are among the top people in the field.
  • Work with real clients in real-life situations – the ultimate learning experience.

Prerequisite – Canine Massage Foundations program or equivalent program from another school. Must be cleared with instructor.


OCTOBER 16-22, 2017
anti-cruelty society | 510 N. Lasalle St, Chicago, IL
Times: 9:00 AM – 6:00 PM
Cost: $1,800
Deposit: $600 – Non-refundable. Needed in order to secure spot in class.

NOVEMBER 5-11, 2017
Purcellville, Virginia

Times: 9:00 AM – 6:00 PM
Cost: $1,800
Deposit: $600 – Non-refundable. 
Needed in order to secure spot in class.

**Additional book fees not included. Entire program cost must be paid in full 2 weeks prior to the start of program. A deposit is required to reserve spot in program and is applied to the full cost. *Times may vary as additional observation hours, anatomy lab, and other educational opportunities may be arranged. Participants are required to complete all program work within six months to receive certification. An established due date will be provided on your program schedule. All materials submitted after due date will be classified as incomplete. A participant who receives an incomplete will be required to retake a CSCM program for certification status.

Recommended book for this program includes:

  • Guide to the Dissection of the Dog. Howard E. Evans and Alexander de Lahunta, 2010.