PetMassageTM On-site Workshops


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The PetMassageTM workshop has been described as “a personal development and enrichment class through the medium of canine bodywork.” Movement and breathing exercises expand your sensory and spiritual awareness and develop healthy body mechanics. Our goal is to teach you to move comfortably and safely so that you want to continue your practice of canine PetMassageTM for many years. The instruction is supportive, encouraging and geared to help you to discover and develop your own personal canine massage form.




The PetMassageTM workshop has been described as “a personal development and enrichment class through the medium of canine bodywork.”  Movement and breathing exercises expand your sensory and spiritual awareness and develop healthy body mechanics. Our goal is to teach you to move comfortably and safely so that you want to continue your practice of canine PetMassageTM for many years. The instruction is supportive, encouraging and geared to help you to discover and develop your own personal canine massage form.

Workshops have small classes – between four and twelve students. They are about 30% lecture, 60% hands-on, 10% playing with dogs, and 100% growth and enjoyment. Lectures and demonstrations use live dogs, models, charts, other text references and the workshop syllabus.

Students are encouraged to bring dogs. In fact, when you bring 2 or more dogs, we will take $25 off your workshop course fee.  If you are unable to bring your own dog, other lucky canine volunteers are provided. Please only bring your dogs if they are crate trained.


The first day of the Foundation, Advanced, and WaterWork workshops includes dog handling training. This is a 4-hour class in which you will learn the dog handling skills that are essential for the canine massage practitioner. You’ll learn a gentle, safe and effective way to work with large, small, docile and reactive dogs during each stage of a PetMassageTM session.


The workshop format: instructors discuss, demonstrate, and then you return-demonstrate your understanding and delivery of PetMassageTM theory and techniques, energy and body mechanics,. You will have ample opportunity for private instructions as you practice your new skills with a wide variety of dogs.


All workshops are held at the PetMassageTM Ltd. School in Toledo, Ohio. The PetMassageTM Travel Info Brochure is included in your registration packet when you enroll for a workshop. It provides valuable information about where to stay, dine and walk your dogs while in Toledo. Attendees and their dogs from out of town can find comfortable discounted accommodations at recommended hotels within a few miles of the PetMassageTM School.


Workshops are scheduled, February – November. Students must be present for the entire workshop, including the last hour of the last day. Students who choose to leave early will not be eligible for certification.


Foundation PetMassageTM for Dogs Workshop

Foundation PetMassageTM for Dogs


This workshop includes the 4½ day live on site extended weekend workshop and four Home Study modules.

The Foundation course is an excellent beginning to your hands-on learning experience. This course was designed to get you started practicing canine massage with the hands-on training you need. You will gain the knowledge and appreciation for the basic anatomy of the dog, and a guide to help you to develop a successful start-up PetMassageTM business.

To prepare for the live onsite, hands-on workshop, you will study the book, Art and Essence of Canine Massage, PetMassageTM for Dogs, and three 60-minute DVDs, PetMassageTM for Dogs 1, PetMassageTM for Dogs 2 and Dog Handling in Canine Massage.

The Foundation program includes 4 Home Study modules. The modules are based on the texts Dog Anatomy Coloring Atlas, the Confident Dog Handling DVD and the  book, Creating & Marketing Your Animal Massage Business

In the Basic Anatomy of the Dog module, you will not be expected to learn the entire anatomy book (whew!); you will be directed to focus on specific pages that will prepare you for your workshop and that we feel are most necessary for your beginning practice of canine PetMassageTM. A short independent study paper on a topic [anatomy] which will be assigned to you during the workshop will be the 4th Home Study module. This independent  research is very valuable. We have found that when you fully understand the functioning of a specific aspect of canine anatomy you will be able to extrapolate on it in your practice. You will in effect become an expert on that subject!

This course gives you tools and strategies for Creating & Marketing Your Animal Massage Business. The business creation Home Study module is a step-by-step guide to creating a company, from business plans to business websites, and business licenses to forming business networks. If this is your first venture into entrepreneurship, you need this easy-to-follow guide to success. PetMassageTM also offers continuing support after your training to help you continue to grow and succeed in your new profession…and our new industry.

Also included in the Foundation workshop is a field trip practicum to the ASPCA. There, you will hone your PetMassageTM skills providing the temporary residents opportunities for gentle life “course corrections.” 


The Goals for the Foundation Workshop:

  • Develop an understanding of the theory, techniques, vocabulary, culture and vision of PetMassage
  • Learn to confidently massage and handle a large variety of canine massage clients
  • Develop a functional understanding of basic dog anatomy & physiology as it applies to canine massage
  • Become aware of body mechanics for you and your K-9 clients
  • Understand your scope of practice, business ethics
  • Create and Market your PetMassageTM practice in your region

The marketing module, the anatomy module, the dog handling module, your research paper, the documentations of required post workshop practice sessions, including a video of one of your canine PetMassageTM sessions, and testing must all be completed and received by PetMassageTM, Ltd. within 6 months of your scheduled hands-on workshop.

Two Certificates of Course Completion are awarded for the Foundation workshop: The PetMassageTM for Dogs Foundation Workshop, and Confident Dog Handling. The graduate is a Certified PetMassageTM Practitioner, or CPMP.

The course fee of $1700.00 includes all required texts for the PetMassageTM Foundation Workshop program. Credit will be given for current  texts that you have already purchased. Reserve your place in the workshop with a 50% deposit and pay the balance on the first day of the class.

►Note to Foundation Workshop students:

If you are concerned about what to focus on of your Foundation workshop preparation, please note that the Marketing module of the PetMassageTM Foundation Workshop does not have to be begun until after you have completed the hands-on portion of the workshop. The PetMassageTM program is to train you in canine massage and bodywork. Our intention is first to give you your instruction to provide PetMassageTM to dogs, and then, a clear, easy-to-follow guide to create your business. You really need to know what you are practicing before you create your business to promote it.

Creating and marketing your own business can be daunting – even overwhelming – to people who have never done it before. Because of its nature, the business part of the course will be a more left brained exercise. You have six months from the date of your workshop to work on it; which is plenty of time to move you through the steps of getting started, developing your support system, and focusing on your practice. Then, your marketing becomes an ongoing process of being proactive and responsive to market demands. Please remember that although business creation and marketing are important so that you can use your new skills to help all those dogs and their people, they are, for the purposes of this course, secondary to learning the PetMassageTM hands-on skills. We do encourage you to learn as much of the canine anatomy (see suggested plates to know in your workshop confirmation letter) as you can absorb prior to the workshop. This knowledge will give your PetMassageTM hands-on skills more meaning and value. 

Foundation Workshop Refresher

Foundation Workshop Refresher

If it has been awhile since you graced us with your presence and participation, and you’d like to “refresh” your skills and enthusiasm, this is the class for you! Remember the excitement, the “aha” revelations, the community! PetMassageTM is growing and evolving. The content that was taught 15, 10, 5 and even 3 years ago is dramatically different from what is taught now.  

There is so much to learn in the Foundation workshop! It is rare for anyone to be able to absorb everything that has been presented. The Refresher is an opportunity to take the hands-on module of the workshop a second time at a reduced fee.                                                        

The 4 1/2 day Foundation Refresher workshop now includes the Dog Handling workshop.

The Foundation Refresher is only $640.00. If you do not have the current texts for the Foundation workshop, they will be provided and will be included in your course fees.


PetMassageTM Foundation Workshop for Veterinarians and Vet Students

The future of veterinary care includes canine massage. Soon, it will be offered in each and every vet clinic. Now is the time for you to move ahead of the mainstream. Learn canine massage to enhance our practice.

The vets and vet students we meet at vet conferences are very enthusiastic about embracing PetMassage. After delivering the presentation, ” Introduction to the Perspectives and Skills of Canine Massage” at the 2013 AHVMA conference, the response was so encouraging, we developed this Foundation workshop program for vets and vet students.


As a Licensed Veterinarian or currently enrolled vet student, your Foundation workshop is the 4½ days of hands-on training and the post-workshop testing and documentation. It will not include the four home-study modules.

It has only been within the last decade that the University of Tennessee began its Animal Rehabilitation Program. The modality of massage is included in every rehabilitation protocol. Now, rehabilitation is taught in every vet school in the country. What is taught, however, is usually a cursory interpretation of massage.

PetMassage is a world renown school that has, since 1997, focused entirely on researching, developing, defining and refining this specific skill set for canine massage.

PetMassage is an approach that affects the whole body. While excellent benefits are attained with focused friction and petrissage, the overall effect of PetMassage on a dog, as with a great human massage, is vastly more comprehensive. Beyond increasing the circulation and flexibility in a specific joint or muscle, PetMassage facilitates a gentle “course correction” in the dog’s life.

There are many ways you can benefit when you incorporate PetMassage into your practice.



Learning and integrating PetMassage will:

  • Enhance your appreciation of the function and complexity of fascia in the canine body
  • Help you achieve your clinical goals
  • Move your client care beyond “triage” to initiating the long-term radiantly-joyous quality of life you’ve dreamed of providing dogs
  • Make your clinic the place pet parents seek out for “alternative” care for their dogs
  • Make you the canine massage resource for referrals from your colleagues
  • Generate greater revenue opportunities
  • Make your office a “high value destination” like a spa. Your clinic can be the place where dogs and their people want to come. It will be the destination for dogs to maintain health, holistic wellness and yes, happiness. Your clinic is the place where dogs can get PetMassage!

This workshop  will include students who are not vets. Your fellow classmates bring with them a wealth of professional and life experiences. The mix of perspectives and individual contributions often lead to Q and A and insightful discussions that embellish the course content.

To prepare for the live, onsite, hands-on workshop, you will study the book, Art and Essence of Canine Massage, PetMassageTM for Dogs, and the three 60-minute DVDs, PetMassageTM for Dogs 1PetMassageTM for Dogs 2 and Dog Handling in Canine Massage.

Two Certificates of Course Completion are awarded for the Foundation workshop: The PetMassageTM for Dogs Foundation Workshop, and Confident Dog Handling. The graduate is a Certified PetMassageTM Practitioner, or CPMP.

The PetMassageTM Foundation Workshop for Veterinarians and Vet Students workshop fee is $980.00 which includes all required texts. Workshops are given in Toledo Ohio. Foundation workshops are offered several times a year. Your 50% deposit reserves your place in the Foundation workshop of your choice. You can pay the balance on the first day of the class. Or, save 5% by paying for the entire fee at the time of your registration.



Jonathan Rudinger talking with a vet student between lecture sessions at the 2013 AHVMA Conference in Kansas City. Jonathan was one of the featured speakers at the conference. His presentation, delivered on Monday, August 26, 2013, in the BLOG/Articles by Jonathan “Introduction to the Perspectives and Skills of Canine Massage.”

The Advanced PetMassageTM for Dogs Workshop

The Advanced PetMassageTM for Dogs Workshop

This workshop was created to reinforce and expand on PetMassageTM with advanced theory and a focus of practical applications of PetMassageTM energywork. This course provides Home study training in anatomy, physiology, kinesiology, and pathology. You will receive training in body mechanics, positional release, applications with TCM, and marketing during the live onsite workshop. The total course helps students qualify to sit for the NBCAAM National Certification testing.

The Advanced Workshop is 5-Days. Just as it takes “time in the saddle” to learn to ride a horse, it takes time, practice and additional training to develop your PetMassageTM skills and business.

Join other students with PetMassageTM experience, and your instructor, Jonathan Rudinger, as you learn techniques to support one another refining and visualizing  business goals.

This course was formulated to advance your practice. It expands your awareness of your intuitive gifts, such as how an understanding of chakras, meridians, acupoints, and how pendulums can advance your practice. You will prepare for this workshop with the PetMassageTM Energy Work with Dogs  and Confident Dog Handling Home Study courses.

This course addresses left brain activity as well. The third Home Study module is a study of medical terminology, pathology, canine kinesiology, and anatomy Home Study module. This is the information you need to be able to integrate the intuitiveness of PetMassageTM with Western Medical veterinary care.

The goals for the third Home Study course are to:

  • Learn basic prefixes, suffices and roots used in medical terminology
  • Learn introduction to physiologic systems including connective tissue, movement of body fluids, hormones, and thermoregulation
  • Learn actions and functions of muscle groups
  • Learn basic pathologies that would affect the dogs you will see in your practice
  • Learn to clearly communicate information about dogs to the animal guardians/caregivers and other animal health care professionals.
  • Learn basic guidelines for identifying and handling dogs in acute situations
  • Be able to visualize how a balanced and fully functioning canine body performs

Combine the factual information and intuitive skill sets that you learn in the Advanced course and your PetMassageTM for dogs practice is more effective, more comprehensive, more accepted, and more marketable.

Graduates of this course earn the accredited animal massage training hours to qualify to take the NBCAAM National Certification Test. The Advanced PetMassageTM workshop is also the track for the Licensed PetMassageTM Satellite School Instructor Training.


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The first day of the Advanced workshop includes a half day in Confident Dog Handling for the Canine Massage Practitioner. This is the class in which you will learn a gentle, safe and effective way to work with dogs during each stage of a PetMassageTM session.

Goals of the Advanced Workshop:

  • Reinforces and expands on Foundation Level theory and application
  • Provides additional training: body mechanics, energy practices, TCM,  canine anatomy, physiology, medical terminology, canine kinesiology, and pathology
  • Assists students refine business goals
  • Helps students qualify and prepare for NBCAAM Test for National Certification.
  • Track toward becoming a Licensed Instructor at a regional PetMassage satellite school.


The Advanced workshop includes three Home Study Modules: 1.) Confident Dog Handling for the Canine Massage Practitioner., 2.) PetMassageTM Energy Work with Dogs and 3.) Medical Terminology, Canine Physiology, Kinesiology and Pathology for the Canine Massage Practitioner

Advanced workshops are scheduled Monday through Friday, at the PetMassageTM Institute. The Advanced PetMassageTM for Dogs workshop earns 100 CEs for MTs: 50 Live onsite and 50 Home study, and 100 CEs toward the prerequisite 200 hours to sit for NBCAAM National Certification exam. Fee: $1800.00 includes Syllabus, texts.

Three certificates of Course Completion are awarded: The PetMassageTM for Dogs Advanced Workshop, The Home Study Medical Terminology, et al, and Confident Dog Handling. Graduates are Certified Advanced PetMassageTM Practitioners, or CAPMP. 

Advanced Workshop Refresher

Advanced Workshop Refresher

There is so much new and intriguing energy-body-work in the Advanced PetMassageTM workshop that you were probably not able to absorb it all in one workshop. After all, it took Jonathan over 3 years to compose the text, “PetMassageTM: Energy Work with Dogs.”

This Refresher is an opportunity to take the hands-on module of the Advanced PetMassageTM workshop a second time for a reduced fee. This does not include the Home Study modules. Live onsite workshop Fee: $1057.00

PetMassage WaterWorkTM for Dogs Workshop

In the new field of canine rehabilitation (U. of Tenn., Canine Rehabilitation & Physical Therapy, Millis, Levine, and Taylor), two procedures are prominent in practically every rehabilitation protocol: massage and swimming. PetMassageTM WaterWorkTM can be included with, and can enhance, many veterinary post-surgical and non-surgical rehabilitation regimens.


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Imagine yourself shoulder deep in a large heated pool, holding a dog, suspended in water. You guide the dog’s body in your arms in large, sweeping movements across the surface of the water. You watch the ripples on the surface. You feel how the water drags and drifts the dogs coat and body. Imagine the dynamics, flexibility, and therapeutic value that this dog is getting while being moved about in the warm, non-weight bearing, water.

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In your hands, the dog relaxes. As you move, integumentary (skin and coat) and musculoskeletal structures float into and away from each other. Restrictions from holding patterns release. Alternative neuromuscular systems engage. Your dog experiences his body WaterWorking: joyful, relaxing, rejuvenating, rebalancing, reconditioning, resoundingly and amazingly therapeutic and beneficial. This is PetMassageTM WaterWorkTM


With your PetMassageTM WaterWork training, your confidence projects a sense of safety and security to the dog. Your presence resolves whatever fears and apprehensions he may have exhibited when first entering the water.

Goals of PetMassage WaterWorkTM Workshop:

  • Develop understanding of the theory, vocabulary & skills of applied PetMassageTM techniques in water.
  • Learn how to move in water, experiencing the sensation of moving your spirit body through the water.
  • Learn techniques to safely and effectively PetMassage WaterWorkTM a wide variety of sizes, temperaments and breeds of dogs.
  • Learn to appreciate and channel waters dynamics and therapeutic value.
  • Use PetMassage WaterWorkTM to increase muscle mass, strength, endurance, weight loss, proprioception.
  • Learn how to control the drift and drag of the water to affect heightened mobility of dogs appendages.
  • Learn to use PetMassage WaterWorkTM to enhance canine flexibility, muscle tone, and physical endurance.
  • Learn to use PetMassage WaterWorkTM to access alternative neural pathways to promote muscle use in movement restricted dogs.
  • Learn to observe alterations of quality of gait before and after PetMassage WaterWorkTM sessions.



What to expect, what to wear, and bring, and not to bring to the WaterWork Workshop

Day 1

Wear comfortable pants and tops/shirts, closed toed shoes.

First Day Schedule

AM (Workshop begins promptly at 9AM)

  • Student and staff introductions
  • Outline course agenda and discuss expectations for the workshop
  • Dry class lecture and hands-on activities.
  • Getting-to-know-you luncheon: we all go out to lunch together at local eatery. Students pay for their own meals.


  • Tour PetMassageTM facility
  • Introduction to unique PetMassageTM WaterWork theory, skills & body mechanics

We start using the pool on day 2. Days 2-5:


  • 2 swimming suits
  • 2 Denim jackets
  • 2 Denim knee-length
  • shorts or capri’s
  • 1 Terry robe, sandals and water shoes, if you prefer to have better traction in the pool, a camera and your smile!
  • PetMassageTM provides towels for students and dogs.
  • Please do not wear loose or hanging jewelry, watches, contacts, glasses, perfumes, colognes or fragranced oils.

The PetMassage WaterWorkTM workshop is 5-days, Monday-Friday, 9 am to 4 pm. Each workshop begins with a morning course in Confident Dog Handling for the Canine Massage Practitioner. These classes are held In Toledo Ohio, in our classroom facility and heated indoor swimming pool for dogs.

 50 NCBTMB CEs for Massage Therapists: 40 live onsite, 10 Home study. 50 CEs toward NBCAAM and 100 CEs for IAAMB/ACWT requirements. Fee: $1700. Prerequisites: none

 The Certificate of Course Completion awarded for this workshop is The PetMassage WaterWorkTM for Dogs Workshop. The graduate is a Certified PetMassage WaterWorkTM Practitioner, or CPMWWP.

PetMassage WaterWork Refresher

This Refresher is an opportunity to take the hands-on module of the PetMassage WaterWorkTM workshop a second time for a reduced fee. If it has been several years since you attended your PetMassage WaterWorkTM workshop, you may be ready for a refresher.

Can you imagine anything more fun than taking this course again? Fee: $1275.00

Dog Handling in Canine Massage, Yoga Consciousness Workshop

This 1/2 day class begins all PetMassageTM Foundation, Advanced & WaterWork Workshops. You can choose to take this workshop by itself!



This course will help you communicate more confidently with your canine clients. Dogs are more compliant, receptive and easy to massage when you talk to them in a language they understand. The concepts and dog handing skills in this course will enable you to be more confident working with many breeds of dogs. These are skills that will enhance your confidence with dogs and their pet parents.

This course teaches you safe and appropriate ways to interact with willful, reactive, or threatening dogs during each phase of a PetMassageTM session. While many of the dogs that are brought to you for PetMassageTM will be easy to work with, other dogs are seeking the benefits of PetMassageTM because they have a problem to “fix.”

In human terms, dogs may be experiencing pain, physical and emotional. They may be recovering from physical or emotional trauma as dramatic as being hit by a car or as everyday as falling off a sofa. They may be confused and disoriented. Their blood chemistry may be out of balance. They may be experiencing the signs and symptoms of old age. They may be in post surgery rehabilitation.

This workshop takes you through possible scenarios during each of the key elements of a PetMassageTM session. Speak the universal language of nature…the language of yoga. Yoga is nature. Dogs eat, breathe, sleep, and speak nature. Nature is where they live. Dogs get it. They begin to respect you. They cooperate with you. For an effective practice, you must be creatively capable of working with a large variety of dogs and dog situations. For your physical and spiritual safety, and for the physical and emotional safety of the dogs you will be handling, you must understand and “speak” the language, “canine.”

This hands-on workshop is the first half-day of the PetMassageTM Foundation, Advanced and WaterWork Workshops. This workshop is included in the workshop fees. Confident Dog Handling is open to everyone who would like to learn these dog handling techniques. 4 hour live on-site workshop, is part of the 10 CE Home study course Confident Dog Handling for the Canine Massage Practitioner $165.00 (Includes DVD)


Confident Dog Handling Workshop Refresher

One can always use more practice and training with an instructor with Monica’s abilities. Take it again! Fee: $105

Training and Licensing for PetMassageTM Satellite School Instructor

Are you a natural teacher? Would you like to generate more income? Would you like to operate a regional PetMassageTM school? Would teaching PetMassage TM as a career make you happy?

Until now PetMassage TM has been taught solely from the facility in Toledo Ohio.

  • “I just wish you were closer. Then I could take your workshop!” is the refrain we’ve heard so often. Canine massage is fast moving into the mainstream consciousness. When workshops are offered closer to students, more students will learn PetMassage TM. “Build it and they will come.”
  • Over the past fifteen years PetMassage TM has built a reputation for integrity, consistency, and excellence of its training programs. PetMassage TM is a recognizable trademarked brand.
  • PetMassage TM is on the cusp of tremendous growth. PetMassage TM has been preparing for this moment. The workshops that satellite school licensed instructors teach, are the result of over 25 years of development.
  • More and new providers are needed to be trained to offer PetMassage TM.  We are now training for the next generation of instructors to meet the demand for PetMassage TM Providers.
  • The PetMassage TM Foundation and Advanced level training prepare you to create your own canine massage practice.


Join us. Let us guide you to take your career to the next level: a licensed instructor at a PetMassageTM Satellite School.




The vision: 

PetMassage TM uses its experience and standing as a pioneer and leader in the canine massage and bodywork field to provide thorough training, guidance and licensing for instructors to operate regional PetMassage TM schools.

As a Licensed PetMassage TM Instructor you will have a protected territory. PetMassage TM affiliate Licensees will all work together as a community. Our efforts and schedules will all be coordinated to optimize and support your own and each other’s success.


I love to learn more with continuing education in my animal massage practice.


Instructor duties: Teaching, Mentoring, Management, Marketing, and Research.

  • With the PetMassage TM Licensed Instructor credential and training, you will have increased opportunities to follow your dream and, through the work of your students, to touch the lives of many more dogs and their people in your region. You will attract students from all over your territory to attend your workshops.  Your income flow will steadily increase, with workshop fees and sales of PetMassage TM training materials.
  • Train and mentor the next generation of PetMassage TM Providers. Teach PetMassage TM Foundation workshops. Teach families PetMassage TM techniques. Teach children. You will also teach additional non-PetMassage TM courses in allied non-massage disciplines, based on your uniquely personal expertise. The best way to learn is to teach. Your private canine massage clients will also reap the benefits of your career choice.
  • As a PetMassage TM Licensed Instructor, you facilitate research studies to expand the documentation of the effects and efficacy of PetMassage TM using the PetMassage TM template. You will develop your own professional narrative publishing your books and papers through PetMassageTM Books.
  • Candidates for Licensed PetMassage TM Instructor must complete the two required PetMassage TM workshops, Foundation, and Advanced PetMassage TM for Dogs, and demonstrate that they can, and will, teach the PetMassage TM programs being faithful to PetMassage TM academic standards and vision.
  • Instructor Training Workshops for PetMassage TM Licensing are 4 days, Friday-Monday, and are offered throughout the year.

Would you like an application to be a candidate for the PetMassage TM Licensing Program, and commence training to operate your own licensed regional PetMassage TM Satellite School?

To learn about licensing terms, conditions and fees, contact Jonathan Rudinger at

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