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PetMassage™ Foundation Level Program

PetMassage™ Foundation Level Program

Prospective Students:

The Foundation Level Program is vocational training for people in “transition.” PetMassage students are people who have realized that they can combine their love for dogs and appreciation for massage as a passion and as a career.

PetMassage™ graduates are recognized for excellence in skills and understanding, sensitivity and compassion, reliability and ethics. Our students create successful private practices for house pets, sport dogs and dogs in veterinary rehab.

PetMassage students are

  • “veterans” of the corporate world seeking a purposeful career working with dogs
  • dog care professionals (DVMs, RVTs, dog trainers, handlers, breeders, walkers, sitters, shelter staff)
  • massage and physical therapists

PetMassage™ programs attract students who are inclined to share our philosophies of touch, connection, service, and commitment. While the traditional physical therapy – medical massage mind-set is important, our approach is holistic and spiritual. We incorporate many of the energy concepts and practices of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) and Tai Chi in our massage practice. Our practice supports and integrates easily with the work of veterinarians and other animal health and wellness practitioners.

In your research, you may have thought of very responsible questions concerning training. How much demand is there for canine massage? Are there restrictions after your training concerning employment? Do we have contacts with potential employers?

The level of prosperity you can expect is directly tied to your commitment, marketing savvy, and of course, who you know. Hopefully you are already connected to dog agility groups, dog park groups, dog trainers, and/or vet rehab clinics. It’s important to know up front though, that building a business takes time, effort, and lots of patience. You don’t have to do this alone. As a graduate of the PetMassage program, you will have our ongoing complimentary support and guidance.

Over the years over a thousand people have trained with PetMassage™. Our practitioners have successful practices in every state in the US and in over a dozen countries. The demand is there...and growing.

A healthy respect and adherence to legal restrictions is essential. We are careful not to suggest that we are practicing veterinary medicine. We do not diagnose, nor do we state that we are doing “therapy” or “treating” any specific condition. Of course you can do more when you are working in a vet clinic under a DVM’s supervision and professional license.

What we can do - and what I say when describing my private practice - is we assist dogs by optimizing their quality of life.  PetMassage™ increases circulation of all the fluids in the body, stimulates skin and superficial fascia to enhance flexibility, increases bone density with our manipulation techniques, and helps dogs’ psychosocial skills. Everything we do is done to improve dogs strength, balance, and vitality. PetMassage™ makes dogs happier and healthier.

PetMassage does not maintain connections with local employers. Part of our Foundation workshop is the home study module Creating and Marketing Your Canine Massage Business. We encourage our grads to be entrepreneurs. As a PetMassage™ graduate, you’ll have the skills and credentials so you can work with your vet in her office, work as an independent contractor in dog day cares, and take private clients as a mobile service or in your own office.


This hands-on on-site program is held Thursday through Monday from 9 AM to 5 PM. The PetMassage™ Foundation Level Program is designed to train you to have an excellent beginning to your canine massage career.

PetMassage™ has the unique skill sets that will surely enhance what you are doing now. Even if your expertise is as a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine (DVM), Registered Veterinary Technician (RVT), dog groomer, or dog handler, there is always more to learn. Even if you have been a massage therapist for decades, you are guaranteed to have “aha” moments.

Our graduates have diverse sets of experience. They are veterans, scientists, government workers, and retired educators; all realizing that a career helping dogs will make them happy.

This program builds on the information from the PetMassage™ books, DVDs and home study modules, building your understanding and skills until they are to a professionally functional level. It is a combination of lecture, discussion, and lots of supervised hands-on practice. All practice work is done with live dogs. Everyone gets to experience a wide variety of dogs’ sizes, breeds, ages and temperaments.

This program includes on-site modules in dog handling in the context of a massage session, and gait and body mechanics for you, the practitioner. These are essential components for a safe and successful canine massage practice. After all, if you are to create balance and soundness in the dog, you must come from a place that is balanced and sound.

The morning of the final day of the program we take a field trip to the Toledo Area Humane Society. There, you will provide PetMassage to the transient residents. This is one of the favorite parts of the program for many students. In the “real world” environment, outside of the safe classroom and instructor supervision, skills come together, confidence builds, and the promise of a PetMassage™ career appears more certain. In the afternoon, we have a final review of program content, provide a final session of hands-on critique and instruction, and remind everyone that we are available for FREE consultation and support, for as long as they are practicing PetMassage™.

Fee: $2000.00

Register Now for the workshop dates that best fit your schedule.

Program Class Size Limit:

10 Students

Waiting List:

If you see that the program you would like to attend is full, add your name to its waiting list. Someone who is registered for that program may need to switch to another month. A spot may open up for you.

Please call Beth at 800-779-1001 to register with your 1st and 2nd choices for program dates.



Objectives / Goals:

  • Learn better healthy body mechanics for your own strength, stability, stamina and enjoyment
  • Learn dog handling in the context of the PetMassage™ session
  • Develop an understanding of the theory, techniques, vocabulary, culture and vision of PetMassage™
  • Develop a functional understanding of basic dog anatomy and physiology as it applies to canine massage
  • Understand your scope of practice, business ethics
  • Create and Market your PetMassage™ practice in your region

Home Study Courses Included In This Program:

Mini-Workshops Included In This Program:

  • Gait and Body Mechanics Mini-Workshop: Students learn how to move their own bodies safely and efficiently. When you move comfortably you will interact with dogs with increased balance, stability and confidence. Learn More >>>
  • Confident Dog Handling for PetMassage™ Practitioners Mini-Workshop: Students learn to communicate more confidently with their canine clients. Learn More >>>

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All PetMassage™ Foundation Level Program are held on-site at the PetMassage™ Training and Research Institute in Toledo, Ohio.

What to Wear:

  • Comfortable yet professional attire.
  • Closed toed shoes. Note: Sandals or flip flops are not safe, please do not wear them.
  • A smile and positive ready-to-learn attitude.
  • Please refrain from wearing loose jewelry or any fragrances.

Re: Dogs

If you can bring your own pet, we highly encourage it. If you can bring 2 or more pets to the workshop, we’ll give you a discount of $25 off your tuition.

Dogs are crated during the lectures and while students practice skills on each other. Crates are available or you are welcome to bring your own crates or x-pens.

What to Expect:

Class sizes are small. There will be abundant opportunities for you to get individual hands-on instruction with Jonathan Rudinger, the founder of PetMassage™.

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Completion Requirements:

You have six months from the last day of your PetMassage™ Foundation Level Program to complete all of the home study courses, take-home written exam, video recordings and the short research paper.

Certificate of Completion Earned?

Two Certificates of Course Completion are awarded for this program:

  • PetMassage™ Foundation Level Workshop Certificate of Course Completion
  • PetMassage™ Confident Dog Handling for the Canine Massage Practitioner Certificate of Home Study Course Completion

The graduate is a Certified PetMassage™ Practitioner (CPMP) and added to the PetMassage™ Training & Research Institute Graduate List.

Continuing Education Credits (CECs) / Continuing Education Units (CEUs) Available For:

Animal Massage Practitioners, Massage Therapists (MTs), Veterinary Medicine Students, Registered Veterinary Technicians (RVTs), Doctors of Veterinary Medicine (DVMs)

Number of Continuing Education Credits (CECs) / Continuing Education Units (CEUs) Earned:

100 (28 RAIVE CEs for RVTs)

Fee: $2000.00

Register Now for the workshop dates that best fit your schedule.


Upcoming / Scheduled Foundation Level Programs:

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Past Events › Foundation

February 2018

PetMassage™ Foundation Level Workshop – February 15-19, 2018

February 15, 2018 - February 19, 2018
PetMassage™ Training and Research Institute, 2950 Douglas Road
Toledo, OH 43606 United States
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$1000.00 – $1900.00

Brief Description: The PetMassage™ Foundation Level Workshop is an excellent beginning to your canine massage career. This 5 day hands-on on-site workshop runs Thursday through Monday from 9 AM to 5 PM and is designed to get you the training you need. The more we learn about dogs, the more we recognize the obvious need for canine massage.  There is an exciting and fulfilling future for those who learn to practice canine PetMassage™ professionally. PetMassage™ graduates are recognized for excellence…

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April 2018

PetMassage™ Foundation Level Workshop – April 19-23, 2018

April 19, 2018 - April 23, 2018
PetMassage™ Training and Research Institute, 2950 Douglas Road
Toledo, OH 43606 United States
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$1000.00 – $1900.00

Brief Description: The PetMassage™ Foundation Level Workshop is an excellent beginning to your canine massage career. This 5 day hands-on on-site workshop runs Thursday through Monday from 9 AM to 5 PM and is designed to get you the training you need. The more we learn about dogs, the more we recognize the obvious need for canine massage.  There is an exciting and fulfilling future for those who learn to practice canine PetMassage™ professionally. PetMassage™ graduates are recognized for excellence…

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November 2018

PetMassage™ Foundation Level Program – November 8-12, 2018

November 8, 2018 - November 12, 2018
PetMassage™ Training and Research Institute, 2950 Douglas Road
Toledo, OH 43606 United States

The more we learn about dogs, the more we recognize the obvious need for canine massage.  There is an exciting and fulfilling future for those who learn to practice canine PetMassage™ professionally. The PetMassage™ Foundation Level Program is an excellent beginning to your canine massage career. The program includes 3 home study courses: Basic Anatomy of the Dog Confident Dog Handling for the Canine Massage Practitioner Creating and Marketing Your Animal Massage Business The on-site hands-on program is 5-days. And…

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Foundation Level Program Testimonials

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.

Heather Baublitz
United States

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.

New York
United States

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.

United States

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.

United States

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!


Lori Gammon
United States

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.


United States

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!

United States

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.

United States

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

United States

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.

United States

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.

New Jersey
United States

Thank you. You are a great teacher.

South Korea