This class was amazing and exceeded my expectations. Jonathan is an excellent teacher who understands how to instruct students and build our confidence at the same time. I would recommend this workshop to any dog lover.
Thank you so much for introducing and teaching PetMassage, and the other scopes of the practice. I’m looking forward to starting my own practice, and feel confident I will do a great job.
This hands on course is very powerful. A lot of hands on learning and personal gain. At first I thought overwhelming but getting home and practicing what I’ve learnt and the techniques it all made sense and just flowed threw me. I recommend this trip to anyone taking the course to further your education.
The things learned in this class can’t be obtained through on-line or by reading. The hands-on teaching and the discussions were very enlightening on both a personal level and a professional level.
I have learned so much in the last 5 days, both about myself and about the connection we have with dogs. It is a profound thing and I am blessed to have learned from the animal massage pioneers.
The Foundation workshop exceeded my expectation and provided me with tools to go in any direction I choose. It has changed my life.
I really enjoyed the hands-on work, learning the massage skills, and seeing how they can make a positive difference in the life of the dog.
I’m very happy with everything I learned in this workshop.
I did not expect such a strong emotional connection. Major energy shift while working with the positional release. Very knowledgeable, good communicator, clear confident speaker. Books, manual, and videos are very informative and easy to follow.
Hi Jonathan and Anastasia,
I just wanted to Thank You for the most life changing 5 days of my life! Seriously! The training you provided is invaluable to me! Not only did I learn proper technique on massage, I gained so much personal growth and self awareness! I am confident that I will no DOUBT be the BEST Canine Massage Practitioner in Charlotte, NC thanks to your training. I am over the moon excited that I can say I was trained and instructed by Jonathan Rudinger! I look forward to continuing my training with the Advanced level as well!
Jonathan and Anastasia
Thank you so very much for creating and offering PetMassage training. The drIve back to Pittsburgh allowed for “quiet” time to reflect on the course context and honestly, I cannot thank you enough!
This has enriched my life not only because of my deep passion for animals and desire to learn the art and science of animal massage, but it was your energy work that has opened up a whole new dimension for which I’ve had very limited exposure. I can see that allowing for flexibility during the course training that I would not have been part of the systemic conversions relating to energy work and I see how necessary it is in my everyday life and most definitely to maximize animal massage!
Then to top it off, I now have you as a mentor! I have tremendous respect for your knowledge and for the business that you both have built, plus I like to learn and grow personally and professionally. I am looking forward to a long relationship.
I loved how this workshop created an awareness on such a spiritual and energetic level. I feel like this course will change the way that I approach bodywork with humans. I plan on approaching this work with people and animals in a much more spiritual and energetic way. Thank you so much for everything you both have done! The awareness and new levels of understanding I have about animals and relationships with them, has increased more than I ever imagined! This was truly an experience of a lifetime. Thank you!
I researched several animal massage schools before attending PetMassage™ Training and Research Institute. I felt PetMassage™ would best meet my needs. After attending PetMassage™ I felt it had met my needs and greatly exceeded my expectations. Thank you, Jonathan and Anastasia.
Just wanted to drop a quick line to thank you for one of the most wonderful weeks I’ve had in a long, long time. Not only did I learn a ton, but I feel PetMassage™ is one of my truths. It’s a path I will follow. Your approach to massage for dogs is insightful, intuitive, sensitive, compassionate, yet very powerful… and all with a light, loving touch. You have truly touched my soul and opened up a path that I’m destined to follow. Thank you for making such a powerful difference in my life…and as a result a powerful difference to the many dogs that I will touch.
Love and Light
As a teacher & computer trainer for twenty years, I’m pretty much a student with high expectations of an instructor. Jonathan knows his topics really well and he has a kind and gentle way of offering knowledge as fast as we can soak it up! Thank you for being a loving teacher to your students. I sure learned a lot and enjoyed every day.
Dear Jonathan and Anastasia: I wanted to send you my heartfelt and spirit felt thanks for a wonderful, life changing workshop!! It has inspired me to a whole other level. I cannot thank you enough! I can only liken it to finding the missing piece in the “puzzle” that is my life, my purpose. I am looking forward to seeing you both in September, for the PetMassage™ Advanced Workshop.
Thank you. You are a great teacher.
It was amazing to be able to return to the foundation class as a refresher student to hear everything a second time. Having the ability to work with the pioneers in our field and gain a better grasp of the core skills needed. It was also great to study side by side with a different group of people. Students asking different questions, students with different skill sets. Creating a whole new set of relationships.
As a current business owner in a pet related field, mother, wife, and pet owner who had attended the Foundation Workshop just 2 months ago. I can’t recommend enough taking the refresher course shortly after you take the Foundation class or within your years of practice. In the 5 short days we are able to spend time with pioneers in this field, learning all we can, working next to, and reading every book we can get our hands on, there will always be something we miss. There will always be new things to learn. Having the ability to retake a workshop at a lesser cost gave me the opportunity to make sure I don’t have to miss any piece of the workshop or information and my core foundation skills are strong. Because we are given this wonderful gift I intend to visit Jonathan and Anastasia as often as I can to learn from them what they are willing to teach.
I learned so much at this workshop. This was a refresher course for me and it met all my expectations. I now feel comfortable to start my own massage business and grow.
I know I will always have the support needed from PetMassage
They are very friendly and welcoming.
Body and Gait Mechanics Mini-Workshop (Included In Foundation Level Program)
Diane provides a cutting-edge seminar that is useful for performance, everyday living and a means to provide preventative health.
I never realized just how significant breathing and my walking pattern is to maintaining a healthy life style both physically and emotionally.
I never knew that we can alter how our muscles can be trained. Almost mind blowing how such simple movements create better outcomes.
Practical exercises. Individual attention. Fascinating information, very interesting. I loved it.
The immediate difference I could feel in myself and see in my cohorts. My back and knee both feel better and I already feel more confident and comfortable just with increasing my mindfulness of my breathing and walking.
I enjoyed all exercises and results.
My gait improved. I knew I walked funny and had pain with right knee. After I changed my center and focused on inner feet I walk taller and the pain was gone. My gait also effected how my dogs walk on a leach.
Practicing the connection of each body part to the other and seeing the difference gait makes. Actually, I didn’t have the expectation about how much I needed this – so excited. Also, I learned why this workshop was important while working on dogs, and also how much I need to get in tune with my own body.
I was pleased with examples and exercises to make a change, showing why it’s important, the format of explaining then demonstrating and having us do it. Very powerful material presented in a non-threatening way. We all did the exercise and observed each other but didn’t feel critical.
Confident Dog Handling for PetMassage™ Practitioners Mini-Workshop (Included In Foundation Level Program)
She’s an amazing dog whisperer- helped me learn ways to help my own dogs’ behavior. And in a short time, she helped me feel more confident about my own abilities.
Monica’s professionalism and expertise completely changed my dog’s demeanor and as a result will improve my dog’s quality of life… and mine.
It was thrilling to see a dog with a few behavior issues immediately respond to strong leadership! I would and will recommend this course to others, and I have to say that just this one day with Monica would be worth the price of the whole course for me.
I was guided how to be stronger, to use my body correctly and to demonstrate strength to my dog students. I definitely noticed shifts in my body carriage, posture and confidence.
I never learned this training technique before. That was wonderful.
Monica walked in the room, very level headed, a strong leader, but with a softness, kindness about her, too. She showed us how to be leaders to keep dogs safe and happy; dogs are not effective leaders of people, we need to be effective leaders to our dogs. I loved that we were given the chance to lead a whole pack of dogs – how empowering! Thank you, Monica!
I have absolutely learned that I will be inviting a bite if I continue leaning over excited dogs I don’t know. I was surprised I could own space even outside. A non-compliant dog wouldn’t follow me, and Monica said, become a leader “turn around, look at the fence, walk! No more problem.
This course has professionalism, and effective and immediate feedback on the learned/practiced contents. I really appreciated Monica as a person and as a professional. Her way to teach is extremely clear and allows to picture exactly the situation. Would definitely like to be in touch and cooperate with Monica again and find this part of the workshop fundamental for the good outcome of the rest.
I was really looking forward to meeting Monica in this class and I was not disappointed in Monica or the dogs we worked with. Really happy this course is part of the curriculum.
I do not really have a best experience. First it was wonderful to have a class with friends made in the Foundation course. It added a depth and richness to the experience and FUN. In terms of the course work, the study this week has added a certain completeness to skills already learned. I feel more confident, the massage skills are not as “mechanical” now they have a reason and a “feeling” “Connected”. I believe I will return home enjoying the work with dogs to a greater degree. I thought it was good to have “new” dogs in the class. This is more like it is in my work. I think it provided a more in-depth learning experience.
I was really greatly encouraged in this week by people, dogs, curriculum and ME! I can do this! I will miss my time up here.
I completed the Foundation workshop in November 2016 and received my certificate in May 2017 after completing all the course work. I attended the Advanced Workshop in September 2017 and hope to have my certificate by January 2018. My intention and goal is have a business up and running by January 2018! This is the beginning of a third career for me and I am so very excited about entering the field of Canine massage.
I absolutely believe that I chose well in selecting the Pet Massage Institute to train and guide me into this new career. First of all, the Rudingers are pioneers in the field of canine massage. They are true professionals in all aspects. They have worked tirelessly to make canine massage a respected and mainstream occupation. I say,” Learn from the BEST”.
Their compassion, commitment and love for dogs and their belief in canine massage as a profession are without reproach.
I hope to do them proud.
I have never been so exhilarated and happy as I was during this workshop. I know I am on my chosen path and ready to fulfill my life’s purpose.
Loved it! This course took my massage to a whole new level. It was so much more than I expected.
I came here with doubts, but you really changed my mind. I actually understand how emotion and energy can effect so many things now. Thank you.
I appreciated new insights on energy work and PetMassage™ . Also, the course was good for helping students understand requirements for the national certification test preparation.
I enjoyed the work on the meridians. Thank you for your patience and kindness. Big kiss.
What I liked best about this workshop was the discussion format. It really facilitated training that was tailored to our needs. The text is excellent and I’m glad that we didn’t follow in a linear progression, but let wander where we needed to take it. I feel as though I really deepened my knowledge and confidence. Thank you for the wonderful MasterMind exercise. I love all of you and my peers in class.
I enjoyed the energy work and chakra integration into the PetMassage™ work. I felt at home, like I came home to where I am meant to be. I will own this as my next career!
Thanks to Jonathan and Anastasia and the folks at Dog Dive Kalamazoo, MI for a wonderful week learning about the benefits of aqua therapy on dogs and their respective health needs. It was very informative and just an overall great experience. I look forward to bringing this knowledge and hands on experience to my (future) business endeavors.
My classmates were fabulous. I felt support from each of them even though they had different personalities.
I appreciated the open forum with the wealth of knowledge of Jonathan and Anastasia. I am so very grateful for your gift of presence for myself and all the dogs by sharing this knowledge. My intention is to honor this with my WaterWork™. Thank you for offering this course. Beyond my expectations.
I enjoyed PetMassage™ WaterWork™ with dogs, the Tai Chi style of working and Jonathan’s uniqueness! I loved the class, energy and family feel!
Thank you! A week of Zen and getting closer to my own “soul” giving me more to give to my clients.
Darkness is gone – reached the emerald city with my new found friend! I am so full of love, trust, acceptance, and mostly peace that I can do this myself. Thank you Jonathan and Anastasia for my badge of courage! Life is beautiful over the rainbow.
Awesome training! What an experience! It has given me more ideas to bring back to Canada.
Had a blessed experience today. An injured Weimaraner from out of town came to The Dog Dive because there is no warm water WaterWork™ anywhere near her. She was panicked and not buying in. I went to our Foundation class in my mind and realized I needed the energy from the Earth to convince her. I planted my feet and let the energy in. It surrounded me, the dog, and the water! It also made a bond between the dog and that lasted the rest of the day. Thank you Jonathan Rudinger.
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