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Confident Dog Handling for PetMassage™ Practitioners Workshop

Confident Dog Handling for PetMassage™ Practitioners Workshop 4 Hour on-site workshop. The concepts and dog handling skills in this course will enable you to be more confident working with many dog breeds, temperaments, and situations. From the beginning of a dog massage session, you must develop an understanding with the dog so that both of…

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TCVM Tongue Assessment and TCVM Pulse Palpation

TCVM Tongue Assessment and TCVM Pulse Palpation How much do you know about TCVM, Traditional Chinese Veterinary Medicine? Do you know how to apply aspects of TCVM in your dog massage? Acupressure points and meridians are not all there is to know in the complex practice of TCVM. Two of the Four Pillars of TCVM…

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Body and Gait Mechanics for PetMassage™ Practitioners Workshop

Body and Gait Mechanics for PetMassage™ Practitioners Workshop The dogs we walk and massage entrain with our posture, gait and breathing. Our dogs are very aware of how we are feeling. Any limp, slouch, imbalance in gait, unfocused look, and incomplete breath signals them that something is amiss. In the Body and Gait Mechanics for PetMassage™…

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Medical Terminology, Canine Physiology, Kinesiology and Pathology for the Canine Massage Practitioner [PetMassage™ Home Study Course]

Medical Terminology, Canine Physiology, Kinesiology and Pathology for the Canine Massage Practitioner [PetMassage™ Home Study Course] This home study course is designed to enhance your comprehension and working knowledge of the medical terminology, its etymology and definitions, physiology, and the basic functions within the body that are applicable to canine / dog massage. Learn about kinesiology, movement (bones, ligaments,…

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Sharing Articles

Sharing Articles Vivienne Pastars, a beautiful spirit from Australia who traveled to the PetMassage School in Toledo Ohio for her Foundation Level Program Training, was asked to write an article about canine massage for the Australian magazine, Holistic Bliss. She wrote me saying she didn’t want to reinvent the wheel so she shared one of the PetMassage Helpful Hints blogs.…

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PetMassage for Kids’ Safety 

PetMassage for Kids’ Safety  Happy dogs, Safe Kids The happiest dogs are the “dogs kids massage.” The safest kids are the ones who massage their dogs. PetMassage for Kids is a sweet little program that teaches kids how to respect dogs and care for them with massage. Lessons Learned Early Inform Citizenship I don’t know…

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PetMassage™ Energy Work with Dogs [Home Study Course]

PetMassage™ Energy Work with Dogs [Home Study Course] Summary: Everything is energy. There is no separation between your dog’s energy-body and her physical-body. Energy can be influenced. Rechanneled. Excited. Calmed. In this course, you learn to enhance the energetic quality of your life, the lives of your dogs, the lives of your canine / dog…

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Independent Study [PetMassage™ Home Study Course]

Independent Study [PetMassage™ Home Study Course] The intention of this course is for you to be an SME, Subject Matter Expert on the topic assigned to you. The report must be in a research paper form that we can edit, as a Word Document. It will be published on the PetMassage.com website and made available…

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Research Papers Lead to Help for Dog Owners

Research Papers Lead to Help for Dog Owners On Nov 27, 2018, we received a desperate sounding email from someone who was reaching out to PetMassage for advice. He found us while doing a web search on an issue he and his service dog are dealing with. The issue he was researching was a Research…

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Basic Anatomy of the Dog [PetMassage™ Home Study Course]

Basic Anatomy of the Dog [PetMassage™ Home Study Course] The “Basic Anatomy of the Dog” PetMassage™ Home Study Course was specially formulated to meet the practical needs of the beginning dog massage / canine massage practitioner. While administering a canine massage, it is imperative that you know enough about canine anatomy that you are able…

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Keywords vs Key Actions

Keywords vs Key Actions When someone asks about the benefits of PetMassage for dogs, what words would you use to describe? You might use terms like relaxation, flexibility, flow, Ch’i, circulation, integrity, neuromuscular, lymphatics, drainage, quality of life, rehabilitation, and balance. There are lots more; you get the idea. Words themselves only hint at the…

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Your PetMassage Franchise School!

Your PetMassage Franchise School! Own the franchise that trains students to create careers and businesses massaging dogs. Another way to put this is: Train students to create canine massage careers in your own PetMassage Franchise School. The future of dog care includes canine massage. The future of dog care embraces canine massage. Train canine massage professionals…

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Canine Aquatic Massage, PetMassage WaterWork™ Programs 

Canine Aquatic Massage, PetMassage WaterWork™ Programs 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…

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PetMassage Advanced Level Program

PetMassage Advanced Level Program This workshop focuses on expanding your canine massage practice with instruction in the Energy systems of dogs: indications and applications of balancing and aligning Advanced myofascial release Neural positional release Positional release of significant trigger points Stretching Palliative care Functional medical terminology vocabulary to work with veterinarians Functional pathology for a…

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PetMassage Foundation Level Program

PetMassage Foundation Level Program The PetMassage Foundation Level Program gives you the training to create a successful canine massage practice, business and career. The skills you learn in this program will prepare you for providing massage for house pets, service dogs, sport dogs, dogs in a veterinary setting, and dogs in rehab. This program includes…

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PetMassage™ for Dogs 3-part Set

PetMassage™ for Dogs 3-part Set The 3 parts to this set are   1. & 2. The set of PetMassage for Dogs 2 DVDs, 2 hours of enjoyable training of canine massage 3.  Art and Essence of Canine Massage, PetMassage for Dogs, the book for canine massage instruction.306 pages, illustrated, index.   This 3-part set is…

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PetMassage for Dogs, 2-DVD set

PetMassage for Dogs, 2-DVD set Are you looking for a resource to show you how to massage dogs? Here are 2 hours of enjoyable instruction in which you are shown how to do it! This is the immersive instruction that you cannot get following the illustrations in a book. These are skills you must see…

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PetMassage for Kids After-school and Camp programs

PetMassage for Kids After-school and Camp programs The content for the popular after school and camp programs is the PetMassage™ for Kids 3-Part Set and a curriculum for after school and camp programs.  Educators purchase these sets with quantity discount and resell them to their students to increase their revenue. Each child is encouraged to purchase the…

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PetMassage for Kids, 4-Part Set

PetMassage for Kids, 4-Part Set This is the perfect gift for the child who loves dogs and who wants to take care of the family dog. The PetMassage™ for Kids 4-Part Set includes Dogs Kids PetMassage, book Kids Guide to Massaging Dogs DVD  and Doggie Songs Audio CD PetMassage Patch  In the book and video, the children attend a PetMassage…

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Dogs Kids PetMassage Book

Dogs Kids PetMassage Book Dogs Kids PetMassage is for dogs, kids and their families.  PetMassage is a fun and effective way to help your dog achieve optimal physical and emotional balance. This is an enjoyable, easy-to-follow, book that follows two children as they learn canine massage, and dog handling skills in a PetMassage for Dogs…

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Move Your Feet- They’re Important in PetMassage

Move Your Feet- They’re Important in PetMassage Are your feet passive? Or do you use them actively, as integral elements in your massage form? During your canine massage, do you want to promote the dog’s movement, flexibility, and flow? If these are your intentions, it makes sense that every touch ought to be infused with your movement,…

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Creating & Marketing Your Animal Massage Business

Creating & Marketing Your Animal Massage Business A reader-friendly book to show you the way to success. The animal health care industry is one of the fastest growing segments of our economy. Pet owners, rehabilitation vets, trainers, and handlers are all demanding more holistic forms of wellness care. Creating & Marketing Your Animal Massage Business…

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TRANSITIONS: PetMassage Energy Work for the Aging and Dying Dog

TRANSITIONS: PetMassage Energy Work for the Aging and Dying Dog – a book of comfort and purpose for you and your dog. A Transition is a change, or shift, from one lifestyle, or quality of life to another. One energy form to another. It can be from one developmental age group to another, a change…

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PetMassage for the Family Dog Book

  PetMassage for the Family Dog Book You already massage your dogs. Everyone does. With this easy-to-learn instruction, you can do it better. This book is guaranteed to change the way you touch your dog! PetMassage for the Family Dog expands on the dog massage you do intuitively, with the skills and theory of professional canine massage…

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Speaking in Tongues In PetMassage; Internalized Sensations

Speaking in Tongues In PetMassage; Internalized Sensations Aromas are Conversational Dogs skin releases aromas during PetMassage. They are different when the dog is sick, healthy, tired, hungry, fearful, lonely, happy, stressed, anxious, holding back, and/or simply relaxing. This is how dogs know so much about each other … and us. Pheromones These aromas are not…

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This is My Dog, Fractal 

This is My Dog, Fractal Story There’s an important story that is being presented to us wherever we place our hands on our dog during PetMassage. Each touch is a snapshot of the dog’s life in the moment we are sharing it. Each Touch Each touch on the crease of the palm or whirl of…

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Focus on Sending the Correct Signals

Focus on Sending the Correct Signals In our PetMassage for Dogs Foundation Workshop we place great emphasis on being conscious of our body language. Every movement you make is interpreted by your dogs. To know what your dog is reacting to, you need to be conscious of what signals you are broadcasting. You need to…

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The PetMassage Assessment Stroke

The PetMassage Assessment Stroke Assessment strokes are an important part of every canine massage. They help us, the Practitioner, and the dogs, identify where to focus to get the most out of the PetMassage session. Assessments strokes follow specific patterns and help us understand the dog’s whole body. They traverse the top line, the underside,…

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Your PetMassage Franchise School

Your PetMassage Franchise School On July 11, 1997, Jonathan Rudinger had a vision. It was recognizing the value and potential of canine massage. He was filming a demonstration of equine massage for a TV show. The horse he was massaging fell asleep, standing very still; no longer interesting to film. His interviewer noticed an old…

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PetMassage, the Profession

PetMassage, the Profession Is Canine Massage what you’d like to do as a profession? PetMassage is Canine Massage vocational training, as developed for professional practitioners. It is a form with a very specific set of massage skills and styles. PetMassage begins with Swedish massage skills adapted to be appropriate for dogs. The form is strongly influenced by…

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Time is Right for PetMassage

Time is Right for PetMassage As pet owners and caregivers, we as a culture, are evolving.  Maturing.  Becoming more aware and authentic in the way we take care of dogs. It wasn’t so long ago that veterinarians didn’t acknowledge that dogs experienced pain and so did not provide pain medication after surgeries. We’ve fortunately moved…

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Support Systems

Support Systems Most mornings I sit for several minutes on the sofa, sipping my coffee, flanked by our two dogs. We settle into the quiet and practice detachment, as thoughts appear and dissolve. Memories, narratives of memories, goals, plans, all randomly float on by. Between the thoughts I experience the present. I feel my breath.…

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Prepare your hands before giving PetMassage

Prepare your hands before giving PetMassage Before you begin any exercise, you need to warm up. Stretch your body. Before beginning any project, you need to clean and prepare your tools. In canine massage, our tools are our hands. I’d like to share some ways to prepare your hands so that you can give your…

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In PetMassage our Hands are our Primary Tools.

In PetMassage our Hands are our Primary Tools. This is a slightly modified version of this title than that which you view on the YouTube video. We communicate with dogs using our hands. Touch. Dogs are more aware of the subtleties and nuances in our touch than people, so we need to know what signals…

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Core Stability for You and Your Dog

Core Stability for You and Your Dog Stability It’s essential to feel stable during PetMassage. During the massage session, you must radiate stability. When you are off-balance, or can be easily pushed off-center by dogs you cannot be modeling the stability of leadership.  And that can happen during sessions when dogs paw at you, nudge…

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Massage Dogs that Limp

Massage Dogs that Limp This week’s Helpful Hint is the support content for this week’s YouTube video. I invite you to watch it. The video has several examples and demonstrations while this article fleshes out more specific instruction. I hope you find value in both of them.  Pain Limping is caused by pain. Pain is a…

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Massage Dog’s Lymphatics for Their Health and Happiness

Massage Dog’s Lymphatics for Their Health and Happiness. Our most recent YouTube video topic is: Massage Dog’s Lymphatics for Their Health and Happiness. It is on our PetMassage Training and Research Institute YouTube channel.  It is a little long, almost 10 minutes; and I think you’ll appreciate all the content that’s presented for you. Here…

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Canine Massage on Table vs Floor

Canine Massage on Table vs Floor This week we released a new video on our YouTube channel. In it I share my views on practicing canine massage on a table compared to working on the floor. Both have their place. Whenever and however possible though, we need to maintain mindful and ergonomic body mechanics. It is essential…

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TVCM Tongue Analysis and Pulse Assessment

TVCM Tongue Analysis and Pulse Assessment We invite you to register and attend a special 1-day workshop on TVCM Tongue Analysis and Pulse Assessment. There is more to assess during your dog’s massage beyond ears, eyes, and body language. This is a workshop where you will learn specialized skills to assess how your dog’s body is responding during massage! The…

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Hi. Right This Minute, How Are You?

Hi. Right This Minute, How Are You? Really. I’m Here For You. PetMassage™ is a method of spontaneous communication, a dialogue, in which both the practitioner and the dog strive together to create enhanced balance and function. It’s a type of “Call and response.“ Can I get an Amen? During their PetMassage™ every dog expresses…

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YouTube Video Lesson: Massage for Dogs with Allergies.

Here’s our most recent video lesson on YouTube: Massage for Dogs who get Spring and Summer Allergies. A runny nose can be a big deal for a dog. Dogs have 220 million smell receptors in their noses compared to our 5 million. It is not in our Scope of Practice to treat concerns- massage can…

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WaterWork is PetMassage Canine Aquatic Massage

WaterWork is PetMassage Canine Aquatic Massage  This Helpful Hint blog is based on this YouTube video. Its intention is to describe canine aquatic massage and encourage you to learn and practice it. Canine aquatic massage is a fabulous variation of the dry PetMassage. Sessions are given in a heated (usually indoor) swimming pool.  They both have the…

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PetMassage Original DVDs and Books

PetMassage Original DVDs and Books It was just brought to our attention that somehow, someway, Amazon is having “technical issues” with several of our canine massage instructional books and DVDs.  How could such a thing happen? PetMassage books and DVD’s show as being unavailable or with prices that are outrageously high. We are working to…

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Moving Like a Potted Palm

Moving Like a Potted Palm Did you see it? We are posting new YouTube videos every Tuesday at 2 pm. The most recent is “Moving Like a Potted Palm” Feng Shui/Tai Qi This is one of the body mechanics exercises that we practice during our PetMassage™ Foundation Level workshop. It’s a variation of a Feng…

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Greatest Love of All

Greatest Love of All Woke up this morning with the lines of a Whitney Huston song* on loop-repeat in my head. This has never happened before. At least not with this song. It’s amazing what floats up to consciousness in the last moments of a dream. It’s special when dreams continue into waking state. “I…

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Massage Reversed Camille’s Bad Breath. Really.

Massage Reversed Camille’s Bad Breath. Really. Unexpected and Unsolicited Testimonial Last evening Anastasia and I are walking the dogs around our neighborhood. We paused to chat with some neighbors sitting out on their front steps. Camille jumps up on the fellow’s lap to lick his face. He looks up at us, surprised. He asks “Her…

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