Dog Massage Training Course
3.8 (38 ratings)
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Dog Massage Training Course

Learn how to massage your dog
3.8 (38 ratings)
Course Ratings are calculated from individual students’ ratings and a variety of other signals, like age of rating and reliability, to ensure that they reflect course quality fairly and accurately.
1,644 students enrolled
Created by Breda Kralj
Last updated 10/2019
Current price: $107.99 Original price: $154.99 Discount: 30% off
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This course includes
  • 2 hours on-demand video
  • 2 downloadable resources
  • Full lifetime access
  • Access on mobile and TV
  • Certificate of Completion
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What you'll learn
  • Obtain the knowledge and confidence needed in order to be your dog’s masseur.
  • Perform dog massage methods that are easy to do and get quick results by yourself.
  • Basic differences between human and dog massage.
  • Gain a fundamental understanding of the field of dog massage.
  • Canine massage techniques and essential tips.
  • Be able to massage your dogs feet, legs, tail, abdomen, back, shoulders, neck and head.
  • How to promote a healthy lifestyle for your dog.
  • How to get your dog to pay attention to you.
  • How to have a pleasurable and enjoyable time with the dog.
  • Communicate to your dog in a language they understand.
  • No prior massage experience is required for taking this course.

Dog massage may reduce stress and anxiety, increase circulation, decrease pain, and strengthen the bond between you and your dog. Dog massage can be offered for sport dogs  (agility, herding, flyball, sledding, etc),  working dogs (search and rescue, military and police K9, guide dogs, etc), for rehabilitation (dogs with injuries, post-surgery, rescue dogs, etc) and for relaxation/well-being.

This online dog massage course will give you the skills set to give your dog an amazing massage experience. You will be taught Sports and Relaxation massage techniques and the correct ways to apply pressure. At the end you will understand the general principles of giving an exemplary massage to the dog.

Learn what are important factors when it comes to dog massage and adopt new and unique massage techniques.

Who this course is for:
  • Massage Beginners & dog lovers
  • People who would like to start a career in dog massage
  • Professional dog trainers
  • Veterinarians, Veterinary Technicians, Veterinary clinicians
  • Dog Groomers
  • Sheter workers and volunteers
  • Pet store personnel
  • Pet sitters, Dog walkers
  • Dog Boarding staff
  • Dog Breeders
  • Massage Therapists
Course content
Expand all 33 lectures 01:54:46
+ Introduction
4 lectures 04:14

Learn all about the fundamentals and essentials of dog massage. Discover how massage works and why it's beneficial to your pet's health. Dog massage training course will give you practical instructions to enable the application of three basic techniques.

Preview 01:47

Whether you are already working with dogs or you would simply like to gain a new skill and do what you love -  welcome!

Preview 01:11

This course is designed to provide each student with a thorough and well rounded dog massage education with powerpoints, video presentations and demonstrative videos with quizzes. The blended delivery of this course includes both audio and video instructions, step by step of each stroke application as portrayed in more than 400 photographs, videos and illustrations.

Preview 00:40

Breda Kralj is a licensed massage therapist and a professional Dog massage course Instructor. She has more than 11 years experience in the animal massage field. She has been providing successful Dog massage training courses since 2009. She takes pleasure in teaching a wide range of massage modalities (including Swedish, sport, Shiatsu and Acupressure for animals).

Breda Kralj wrote a hand book – how to massage your dog (2008) and Kindle Amazon ebook  - Dog massage Tutorial (2019) . 

Her other work interest is in animal enrichment for pets and animals in zoos, habitats and farms. The focus of her work is on the qualities of safe construction, ease of use, sanitary standards, money and time saving, which could engage the spirit and emotions of the animal, evoking a sense of mystery, excitement, or joy.

+ Benefits, Set the goal
2 lectures 01:46

Your dog will undoubtedly benefit from a massage

Massage relieves:
muscular tension, spasms and pain
intestinal gas and aid in digestion
alleviates age related disorders
improves tone in weak muscles and lameness
lubricates joints and can help ease arthritis
increases range of motion
increases circulation
secretes toxins
increases mental clarity required for performance
reduces stress and tension  - emotionally and psychologically lifts the dog

+ Concepts
2 lectures 01:12

The goal of a massage can vary. A more vigorous type of massage is used to prepare active dogs  for peak performance. Relaxation massage is a smooth, gentle, flowing style that promotes general relaxation through relaxing the muscles.


A massage for relaxation should involve most of the body with mild to moderate pressure. A Sports massage should focus on specific areas.

Sports massage vs Relaxing dog massage
+ Basic elements, Massage Sequences
3 lectures 08:16

Preparation tips:
schedule a time where there will be minimal distractions,
exercise your pet prior to dog massage session
allow a potty break before and after dog massage session

Preview 00:34


Basic elements


Massage sequences
+ Sports massage
3 lectures 08:53

Some dogs need a massage before an event. The pace of the massage should be stimulating and brisk. A pre- event massage is usually not more than 5 minutes in duration. You should bring warmth to the tissue and increase blood flow. The general rule of pre - event massage is that the closer the massage is to the time of competition, the less invasive it should be.

Sports massage

A warm-up massage is designed to enhance the body temperature. It is ideal to limit the warm-up massage up to 2 minutes.

Warm up the body

Effleurage is used at the beginning of a session to enable you to get a sense of the dog’s body. It is also used as a filler to move between different strokes.

Hands on stroking
+ Kneading and Stretching
2 lectures 14:52

Kneading is a circular technique where tissues are lifted, rolled and squeezed.


There are 2 types of stretching - pre-event and post- event stretching.

Usually a pre-event stretching will last 3 minutes as part of a warm up. You should not push & pull the muscles right before the competition. Let the dog itself stretch out the muscles and soft tissues in preparation for the event (dynamic stretch).

Static stretch involves holding the position in a specific pose.

+ Post-event massage and Relaxing massage
2 lectures 11:24

A post-event massage is designed to aid the dog in recovering from the activity. Before administering allow the dog to cool down and rehydrate. A post event massage should be slow,  with long and deep strokes, to relax the dog both physical and mentally.

Post event massage 1
Relaxing massage
+ What about all parts of the body
10 lectures 55:53
Neck massage
Head massage
Head massage demonstration
Legs massage
Legs & paws massage demonstration
Back massage
Body massage demonstration
Tail massage
+ Contraindications
1 lecture 00:49

The techniques learned in this course do not replace veterinary medicine.

Massage might not be recommended if your dog is suffering from an advanced condition of the immune system or lymphatic system.