Canine Massage and Energy Work


10 CE Hours

Course Options:

  • Materials and Test Shipped to You
  • Text Materials Shipped and Test Online


*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

Course Reviews

Hope Seely, LMT

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!

Wendy Goldniak, CMT

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.

Johanna Jaffer, MSHA, NCTMB, Hellerwork Practitioner

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.

Beverly J. Sparks, CMT

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!.

Christine Nonnenmacher, LMT, NCTMB

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!

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  • 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.

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