Developing fitness, stability and strength in your sporting dog doesn’t just rely on exercise and training. The best way to compliment your dogs sporting needs is to address the hard working muscular system which is often the first place the body will accrue stress, tightness, fatigue and injury that can inhibit normal performance. Learn how to look after your dogs muscular system so they can have a long, safe career in their sporting discipline. In this fascinating and information packed 1 day workshop we teach you how to:

· 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
· 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)
· Understand how muscle works to enable the dog to produce movement
· Spot when a Training Problem may be a Physical Problem

In this fun and information packed workshop we show you how to help reduce the likelihood of injury to your dogs muscles, improve their focus, speed and accuracy, and prepare them to give their optimal performance each and every time.

Who Is The Workshop Suitable For?

·Working Dogs
·Gun Dogs
·Dog Trainers/Agility Trainers (please note this workshop does not permit you to teach canine massage or perform it on anyone’s dog. If you are interested in becoming a Practitioner please see our 2 Year Clinical Canine Massage Practitioner Programme.)
·Heelwork to Music
·Assistance Dogs
·Sled Dogs
·People with active dogs
·Infact any sport that requires your dog to train on a repetitive basis

What Will I Learn?

How Pre and Post Event Massage helps to enhance and prolong your dogs sporting life and how it helps to reduce the likelihood of injury. The science behind massage and its applications in sport.
Tutorial 1 – Canine Anatomy Fundamentals

· How Pre and Post Event Massage helps to enhance and prolong your dogs sporting life. The science behind massage and its applications in sport.
· How To Locate Bony Landmarks and Why Its Important Before Starting Any Massage Routine
· How To Locate Your Dogs Main Muscle Groups  You’ll be working with your own dog to do this!
· How To Spot Subtle Signs of Muscular Injury In Your Dog
· How To Spot Signs of Performance Injury so you can catch an issue before it becomes a problem

Tutorial 2 – Applied Massage

· 9 Massage Techniques we show you how to massage correctly and confidently by applying a set number of techniques that work on different fibre directions and layers of muscle to improve their ability to lengthen and contract.

Tutorial 3 – The Pre & Post Event Massage Routine Practice ….and an added bonus…

· The Pre Event Canine Massage – Learn How To Apply a 5-10 minute Full Body Pre Event Massage to improve performance and reduce the risk of injury
· The Post Event or Cool Down Massage – Learn How To Apply a 5-10 Minute Full Body Post Event Massage
· Maintain and Gain 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.

More about Pre and Post Event Massage For Dogs

A Pre Event massage does not replace a warm up for your dog but compliments it. It prepares the body for high intensity action or sustained long events.

black_labrador_with_arthritisThe purpose of the Pre Event Massage is not to treat tissue as would happen in a remedial sports massage with a Canine Massage Guild Practitioner. Instead it is the skilled application of a set range of massage techniques to address the specific areas which accrue stress and fatigue and to prepare the muscles by loosening them to promote better Range of Motion. Importantly it helps to significantly decrease the chances of Muscular Injury, mainly the Strain which can cause lameness and in some cases is the reason for a dog having to retire from their sport. The massage does this by bringing flexibility, warmth and length to the tissue to enable its efficient lengthening and contractive states.

dog_massage_for_working_gundogsThe Pre Event Massage brings many unique benefits to a dogs performance and we appreciate that all dogs are individuals. Thats why all dogs at the workshop will be given a free muscular health check to highlight areas of muscular issue that could be contributing to performance issues and muscular discomfort when some of the techniques are applied. We never force the technique upon the dog so we ensure that the Routine is adapted to meet their individual needs.

We will also be spending some time discussing which muscle groups accrue the most stress during a specific sport. This way you can tailor your routine in the field to address your dogs specific stress points.

agility_dog_and_canine_massageThe Post Event Massage is typically given anywhere from 30 minutes up to 24 hours after the end of activity. It helps to aid in the recovery of exercise and sport by improving circulation, reducing muscular tension and and inducing the parasympathetic or  Rest and Digest response. Its other primary benefit is helping to shift the metabolic waste products of exercise. Commonly thought of as Lactic Acid build up this is actually a myth that was debunked years ago. The soreness that is caused 24 to 48 hours after exercise is actually caused by the release of chemical irritants that trigger mild inflammation due to micro fractures in the muscle cells, this is felt as a pain signal, and in turn soreness and stiffness. DOMS is also linked to how an individual’s muscle cells regulate calcium.

Post Event Massage helps to reduce soreness and pain when the correct set of Massage Techniques are applied.

Who Is Your Tutor For The Day?

Natalie Lenton is Director of the Canine Massage Therapy Centre and lectures on the 2 Year Clinical Canine Massage Practitioner Programme in Applied Canine Anatomy and 4 Disciplines of Massage; Swedish, Sports, Myofascial Release and Deep Tissue. She is also an Advanced Bodyworker for humans specialising in Clinical Sports Massage as well as Dynamic Soft Tissue Release for Spinal Realignment. So basically you and your dog are in safe hands! There are also other Tutors and Students from the Clinical Canine Massage Practitioner Programme to ensure you get plenty of hands on help. We create a fun, relaxed environment for you and your dog with other like minded people so you can be assured of a day you and your dog will always remember.

Need Accommodation when you come to the workshop? Our workshops in Worcestershire are generally held minutes from Junction 1 M42, Bromsgrove, download out Accommodation list 2020.

For all other Therapists licenced to deliver our Workshops, ask for details when you book.


You must provide your own canine companion when attending any workshop!

Should you need to Transfer or Cancel your workshop Booking, admin fees may be applied. See our Terms and Conditions for details.



1 Day Workshop
£138 (inc VAT)