In 01 I got my certificate for Sports (Canine deep tissue/sports injuries )Massage Therapy I've worked on a few dogs since then.Where I'm from (Canada) this is fairly new and some people think its nuts.But I'm really impressed with what I've learned and beleieve in the tx's.I'm looking for feed back from the general public.I think most of you are from the US, is it popular where you are.What would you pay for a 90 min session.Do you see this tx's (tx's=treatments) as something you would offer to your dog?
I am a massage therapist in texas and am trying to get into canine/horse massage myself! It is actually pretty popular her in texas. People who show dogs normally are the ones who get it. They say that the dog having a massage before the shows makes them better to perform. I also know they do it at the greyhound race tracks and the horse tracks. I am really looking to get into it and am still researching where I can enroll in a class for it. I say if you enjoy it and are passionate about it - go for it. Do it for whomever will pay and make it work for you. Go to dog shows and hand out business cards, advertise at vet hospitals. Get the word out.
What province? If it's something you're interested in turning into a career, I would suggest putting your name in at vet's offices, doggy daycare and dog walkers. People really seem to pamper their dogs in Toronto and I think would pay for anything that had to do with their furbaby's. Anyone can give massages but you can always tell the experts vs. the amateurs. You also probably know about deep tissue massage, relieving ailments, etc. which I would pay for.
Theres also a therapy called "T Touch" its great. It helps calm your pets down if they are afraid of loud noises (thunder, firecrackes etc) Alot of books are out on it these days. I think its great. My dog does also. She gets more spa time than i do these days( lol)
I live in Ontario and I do Know their is this service farther north. I'm glad to hear some people are framiliar with sports massage.Actually the school was Equissage, I beleive they still have a web site. There are a few complimentary treatments out there.I think someone mentioned TT touch.I also heard of reiki and stone therapy. I now notice things I didn't see before when it comes to my dogs. Things like rolling on the pavement for eg I thought she was just scratching but shes really trying to work out the knots. So now I have more to worry about ha ha.