PRE & POST EVENT MASSAGE FOR THE AGILITY AND SPORTING DOG

Whether your sport is Agility, Obedience, Canicross, Gun Dog work, Flyball, Sledding, Showing, Heelwork to Music, Working Trials or if you just go running with your dog etc, then this is the class for you!

The majority of human sports people both amateur and professional, use massage as a complementary, indeed necessary part of their fitness regime…and your sporting/agility/show dog is no different in needing a complementary massage that can prepare them for competition, shows, etc and bring their body and mind back to a level of homeostasis after exercise/competition.


 Massage is an important way to maintain fitness, stability and strength in your sporting dogs muscular system. Very active dogs will accrue muscular and hormonal stress, tightness and fatigue that can inhibit performance and recovery times. Knowing how to warm up your dog and cool them down after events or prolonged activity will be of great benefit.


Learning ways to look after your dogs muscular system so they can have a long, safe career in their sporting discipline and recognising signs that your dog might be harbouring a muscular injury is covered on this one day workshop.

This is an informative, yet relaxed day that you and your dog will both benefit from. In the morning you will be learning about how you can spot sub clinical i.e. not always obvious ways, that your dog may show signs of pain. You will also have stroll under your dogs skin using the main bony landmarks in a guided anatomy Dot to Dot session. This will be used in the following session to locate your dogs main muscle groups. You will also learn some of the subtle signs that your dog is holding a muscular injury.

In the afternoon, we will then work through the following:-


  • Pre Event Warm up
    Apply a full pre event full body massage to enhance your dogs performance, improve range of motion (ROM) and reduce the likelihood of injury and fatigue

  • Post Event Cool Down
    Apply a full post event cool down massage to help move the metabolic by products of exercise through the system to reduce stiffness and delayed onset muscle soreness (DOMS)

  • Massage Maintenance at home
    Learn how to mix up your massage techniques from earlier in the day with this little added bonus, a relaxation inducing massage beneficial for the body and the mind

  • You’ll also learn how to help identify lifestyle issues that could be causing or exacerbating mobility issues with your dog. So many dog owners, like you, have been taught how to help their own dog at home, relieve stiffness and help with orthopaedic conditions such as Arthritis and Hip Dysplasia.

  • You don’t need to have any previous massage skills in order to do this workshop, just the willingness and enthusiasm to enjoy the day!

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  • This workshop may qualify for CPD hours, please check with your regulator.


This workshop is licenced by the Canine Massage Therapy Centre and accredited by UK Rural Skills.

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