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Canine Massage and Bodywork Certification Course

Part B: Caudal Trunk and Pelvic Appendicular Systems: Movers of the Hindlimb and Caudal Trunk


In South Africa students are not permitted to take only one part of the course but need to sign up for both parts. For further detail in this regard, please contact Megan on the Office address.  


Learn canine massage and bodywork in an accurate valued format. Very few programs offer onsite training in this field and instead are offering online certification. At Caninology and Equinology, all manual technique courses and certification courses are only offered on site to ensure quality education. In depth focus is placed on skeletal and muscular anatomy, kinesiology, massage and bodywork techniques. Assessment skills in conformation, gait analysis, stance, and palpation are emphasized. Included is gentle stretching, calming acupressure points, follow up exercise, and simple range of motion exercises.


We have divided the course into two portions both consisting of 4 days. We will be offering these back to back with a day break in-between for those who intend to take Parts A and B consecutively. Or participants can choose to take Parts A or B individually. Retake sessions are available for either section at a discount.


Once the participants have completed the precourse study (CN3005; see below), CN4000 Part A, CN4000 Part B and the required case studies (done at home after attending course) this certification course is well over 300 hours. International instructor, Beverly Adams , CM, CCBW has specifically designed this course for those students wishing to pursue a career in this field and has also targeted and formatted it for veterinarians, physical therapists, human massage therapists and bodyworkers, equine massage therapists and bodyworkers, trainers, kennel managers, and chiropractors who would like to enhance their skills. The course is taught in such a comprehensive logical layered format like our foundation course for horses, those with little or no complementary canine care and science background will find themselves up to speed with the other professional participants.


After completing both workshops and the required externship, the student will be able to evaluate posture and movement and apply a complete session confidently. Our reputation stands tall due to the fact we test our students before issuing certification.


The Externship (case studies and additional learning activities):

For this particular course (Part A) there\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\'s an additional 50 hours of outlined study once the student leaves the class. If students are doing courses back to back (part A and B) they will be working on both externships at the same time which amounts to the full 100 hours of outlined study.

Participants complete 20 massage sessions on at least 5 different dogs using all of the massage/bodywork techniques, stretching with range of motion exercises as well as the documenting techniques as taught in the class. There is also a home study portion included in the fieldwork on muscle function, muscle identification, point location and gait evaluation required to enhance the material that is taught and presented in the class. Once this is completed a video is sent by the student to Equinology to review, evaluate and expand the student\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\'s work.


Review from CN3005 Canine Anatomy and Behavior Pre-course Study Guide

·          Anatomy vocabulary

·          Directional terms

·          Veterinary terms

·          Principles of movement

·          Canine behavior and handling

Skeletal structure of the pelvic and trunk system:

·          Form, function, and movement

·          Pelvic appendicular system

·          Caudal trunk skeletal system

·          Conformation

·          Typical canine orthopedic conditions and injuries

·          Surface anatomy landmark identification

·          Palpation skills of bony landmarks of   hindlimb, thoracic & lumbar spine

Muscle structure of the pelvic and caudal trunk systems:

·          Function, form, and movement

·          Palpation and rudimentary evaluation skills (theory and lab)

·          Locating and isolating muscles

·          Causes of injury and muscular damage

·          Deep muscles

·          Superficial muscles


·          Safety rules

·          Basic strokes

·          Theory and application of the massage strokes

·          Contraindications

·          Body mechanics for the body worker

·          Follow-up exercises

·          Gentle stretches

·          Calming acupressure points

Assessment of the dog:

·          History

·          Assessment-gait analysis

·          Typical neurological canine conditions  

·          Range of motion analysis and exercises


·         Marketing

·         Documentation

·         Ethics: Professional Roles and Boundaries


Students attend class daily from 8:00am to 5:00pm and have additional 3 hours of evening studies. For those taking Parts A and B back to back, the fifth day of class is spent out of class for independent study. This is an intense course.


Cost: $995. Includes manual, supplies, and handouts. Certification upon completion of class and externship.



Please note: You must have knowledge of directional terms, veterinary vocabulary and anatomy. You need to register well in advance for the : CN3005 Canine Anatomy and Behavior Precourse Distance Study found at: This CN3005 precourse distance study tuition is free to everyone. There is an admin fee of $25USD. You can register for this course at any time even if you are not attending this course. If you have a thorough understanding of this material especially those professionals already in the health care industry such as veterinarians or similar; please contact the office to clear this prerequisite. This CN3005 prerequisite will then be waived.


We expect students to spend 100 hours reviewing the precourse distance study course before attending the course. While it is not necessary to complete the entire CN3005 course by the time you attend this canine massage and bodywork certification courses you should be very familiar and comfortable with the terminology and skeletal system. However, for those participating in the CN3005, you must complete the CN3005   final exam before your Caninology Canine Body Worker certificate is released.


Required Reading:

Dog Anatomy: A Pictorial Approach to Canine Structure   by Peter C. Goody. This text will be used in the class. Please have it with you. It is available at most online bookstores.


Suggested Reading:

Color Atlas of Veterinary Anatomy: The Dog & Cat (Color Atlas of Veterinary Anatomy)
by Stanley H. Done, et al.