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Canine Massage and Energy Work

Not Approved by Some States and NCBTMB*

10 CE Hours - E1031

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  1. The presentation of the subject was clear and to the point.
  2. Content was interesting to me.
  3. I gained new knowledge.
  4. The materials held my attention.
  5. I can use this information in my practice.
  6. This program met my personal expectations.
  7. Overall quality of course content and materials were excellent.

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*Check with your board regarding the acceptance of energy and animal massage courses. The NCBTMB does not accept energy courses.

This course explores the energetic dynamics between people and dogs with detailed text, photographs and charts. It includes the concepts behind a variety of massage practices, positional release techniques, acupressure, healing touch and chakra balancing.

In this course, you will learn:

  • to identify the scope of practice for massage therapists regarding canine energy work
  • energy work concepts as they apply to dogs
  • the benefits and contraindications for grounding strokes, compression, stroking, skin rolling, body rolling and rocking, stretching the coat and limbs, percussion, and integration
  • physical, emotional and behavioral benefits of canine massage
  • benefits of massage before surgery
  • communication between the dog and human, including the signs of acceptance or refusal to massage
  • energy movements, stretching, chi, acupressure points/acuponts
  • accessing and following meridians
  • applications of chakra information
  • human body and energy mechanics
  • canine body and energy mechanics
  • table requirements for comfort, safety, rhythm and flow during massage

Featured Reviews

This is a really excellent course for any dog owner and any therapist interested in helping dogs on an energy level, if not a therapeutic level. I'm hoping to expand into pet massage and will likely take more classes from this expert as well as others!

- Christine Nonnenmacher, LMT, NCTMB

I learned so much from this course! I found the materials easy to read, the explanations clear and to the point and the overall course very enjoyable and informative. I would recommend it to anyone who would like to broaden their knowledge of energy work or enhance their interactions with their canine friends. Great course!

- Hope Seely, LMT

This was presented very well. After each chapter to have an exercise to do brought the information to reality. I was able to anchor the information and technique must faster. The content was easy to read and the information flowed well from chapter to chapter. I look forward to taking additional courses... All my warmth and appreciation to having access to many courses to experience.

- Karen Baskin, CMT, NCTMB

The book for this course was very informative and has given me a lot to think about energy wise even when it comes to doing massage for my people clients. I liked being able to print the test out and review the questions before answering them on line.

- Dee Sieger, RMT

I knew the connection with my own dog was strong, but through this course I was able to deepen my understanding of her and myself and connect on levels I never thought possible. A wondrous side effect has been an understanding of energy work and energy systems in general that previously was only conceptual. My work with humans has deepened and my work with dogs has only just begun. My deepest gratitude to the author and Health Positive!.

- Beverly J. Sparks, CMT

The material was well-presented, well-organized and clearly described. It is an excellent reference book with detailed information that I will continue to refer to.

- Johanna Jaffer, MSHA, NCTMB, Hellerwork Practitioner

This course provides advanced training in PetMassage with more emphasis on energy work that you can use on your own dog(s). It suggests a plethora of exercises/meditations for you and your dog as well as a recommended PetMassage routine.

- Wendy Goldniak, CMT

Thank you so much for your kindness and understanding. I will keep coming back to your offerings throughout my practice life. Thank you, thank you. I just attended a Reiki Conference and found the information that I learned from this Energy Work for Dogs course put me ahead of the pack! I was able to smoothly and completely related and feel comfortable with my knowledge. Thank you for the education and knowledge.

- Susan Cadigan, LMT, BCTMB

An excellent presentation of course materials. The textbook is very well written and a pleasure to read. I love how the author "talks" to the reader as if he were addressing you directly. I plan to buy a book on stretches for dogs if the author of Canine Massage offers one.

- Rosemary Barnes, BCTMB

This has been one of my favorite CE courses that I have taken. This is knowledge that I know will be helpful to me in my practice as well as with my own pet.

- Dinelle Alley, LMT, BCTMB

The material in the book exceeded my expectations- I’m looking forward to reading more of his books; is very informative and entertaining :-)

- Kerrie March, LMT

I totally enjoyed this course! So happy I took it and that the NCBTMB allows it for CEU's. I have taken many courses from your company and have been very pleased with all of them, but I really enjoyed this one for sure! I have 3 dogs and will be reading this book over and over and practicing on my dogs, can't wait! Thank you!

- Debbie Leppo, BCTMB

This was a fun and interesting course. I bonded with my puppy throughout this course while practicing techniques. I thoroughly enjoyed this PetMassage Course!

- Michelle Chaves-Torres, LMT, BCTMB

Having practiced for 3 decades, I appreciate the opportunity to take CE courses in subject areas that are diverse. My work has extended to animals over the years and this course in Pet Massage and energy work was refreshing and useful.

- Eileen Kinsella, LMT, BCTMB

I really enjoyed this class,this subject really interests me. I massage my dog frequently & it has helped him tremendously over the years. The Energy work fascinates me, I learned so many things that will be useful in helping my dog with issues that arise physically, & emotionally. Will enjoy having the book to refer to. Great class!

- Patricia Siddall

Love it. I have a dog and I enjoyed using and practicing on her. I learned a lot.

- Glenda Bea McArthur, LMT

This home study was very intriguing and very informative. I learned a lot more about the true connection between man and animal/dog. It was very eye opening causing me to think more about the relationship between man and animal and heart and touch.

- Electra L. Westmoreland, LMT

WhaWhooo!!! Love it! Delightfully informative creating the perfect environment to get present to this astonishing capacity we have to be a gift to all beings of nature! Thank YOU!

- Tina Marie Nawn, BCTMB

Took his earlier course. His expertise, presentation, and info greatly expanded and informed. Useful info and techniques for any animal or “human”.

- Lynn Vrany, LMT, NCTMB

I am excited to see how my dogs react and prosper through the techniques I have begun to learn.

- Amanda Clark, LMT, NCTMB

This course was definitely interesting. I am planning on utilizing my newly acquired knowledge in my practice. I would love to learn Canine energy and massage work, approved for NY and NJ, for it is my main interest and next destination in my practice. Thank you for the great variety of courses you offer.

- Anastasia Konn, LMT

It opened my eyes to treating my own dogs! Also reminded my about how to handle people....

- Victoria Jackson, LMT

I loved this course. I love all animals and this course helped bring greater knowledge of how our animals are. I just wish I can get certified in this. This is interesting!

- Lisa Dowers, LMT

An amazing course,now I would like to do the instruction course!!

- Joseph Ralston, LMT

Excellent choice of classes!

- Annamaria Maier, LMT

Lots of useful information and easy to understand. I really enjoyed this course and so did my two dogs. They would get very excited to help me with "class". :)

- Tamera Kowalski, LMT

Should be accredited in every state. Dogs are everywhere and require loving touch.

- Lisa Shutts, LMT

Really enjoyed!!!

- Pamela Ann Geisel, LMT

I thoroughly enjoyed this course!

- Marilyn Rhodes, LMT

I loved this courses and it couldn't have come at a better time... my 5 year old bernese mountain dog had become very sick and had to stay in the ER for 5 days the first time and again for 2 days. I went to visit her 3 times a day and would work on different energy points, and massage her anything I could do for her weak body. And I'm happy to say she is home now on the road to recovery thanks to her great doctors. I really enjoyed this course.

- Suzen Cook, LMT

Energy work is new to me, and I learned a lot from the course. Thank you for making it available as a CEU.

- David Denton, LMT

As the owner of a dog boarding, training, breeding kennel and a licensed massage therapist and energy practitioner I thoroughly enjoyed this course. It greatly refreshed my memory in working with healing energy and gave me a much needed "feel" for working with all the beautiful dogs that come my way. It re-ignited and expanded the "healer within me"! Thank You...

- Karen Huffman, LMT, NCTMB

I really enjoyed learning about pet/dog massage and how we can better relate to our furry friends. In addition, I would like to say that being in an environment (work in sports facility) it is really fascinating to learn more about energy work. It will also come in useful to our own pets.

- Charlotte, CA

The course was thorough, and informative I really enjoyed participating.

- Carole A. Eastwood CLMT

I am very impressed with your courses! I found this course very interesting and now would like to learn even more about this subject.

- Barbara Beucher LMT

The course was excellent and informative! The materials were well presented and clearly defined.

- Annetta S. Muska

I think this is a wonderful opportunity to begin a journey with the animals that we share our lives with.

- Jody L. Hansen, NCTMB

This was a wonderful course for animal massage and energetic healing techniques.

- Joshuah Keane, Federal Way, WA

Info and examples brought insight into the way I communicate with my three dogs and a greater understanding of their needs. Admiration for our dogs energy-reading abilities.

- Pam Fox-Ries - MT - Las Vegas, NV

This course offers a great review of energy in general. It also elevates the experience of 'dog' for both the animal and the human.

- Patrick Black, CMT, NCTMB


- Trina Cox - LMT, NTS


  • Text - 237 pages
  • Multiple-choice test - if you prefer to test online please select the "test online" option
  • Certificate upon completion - if you prefer to print your certificate at home instantly, please select the online option

Display Certificates suitable for framing are available for $10 in addition to the certificate included with your tuition. Click here to order a Display Certificate.


The Institute is approved by the National Certification Board for Therapeutic Massage and Bodywork (NCBTMB) as a continuing education Approved Provider. Approved Provider 049478-00.

Credits also accepted by the AMTA, ABMP and NAHA.

For information regarding your specific state massage license requirements and approvals, visit our Massage Therapy Continuing Education Requirements page by clicking here.


Sharon Burch, MSN, RN, NCTMB

Sharon Burch, MSN, RN, NCTMB

Sharon Burch holds a Masters Degree in Nursing and has been practicing as a nurse since 1974. She is currently a Registered Nurse in the state of Arkansas. Additionally, Ms. Burch studied under many of today's leaders in massage therapy and bodywork during the 1980s, became Nationally Certified through the NCBTMB in 1993 and holds a professional membership with the AMTA.

As founder of Health Positive!, Ms. Burch has created over 60 home study nursing and massage continuing education programs, performed over 65 public, live educational presentations, has written two published books, served as a member on the NCBTMB Continuing Education committee and was a founding member of the National Association of Nurse Massage Therapists.

Sharon is an instructor on many of the Institute's programs and has authored and co-authored various ethics courses and additional titles such as Touch for the Seriously Ill, Stress Reduction Through Bodywork, Staying Well – Naturally, Cardiopulmonary Health and Illness, Chronic Pain Management, Marketing Massage in Four Easy Steps, Preventing Medical Errors, HIV Update for Massage Therapists and Bodyworkers, Understanding HIV, Massage for Edema and more.

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