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The comprehensive program includes: The entire canine massage program consists of 21 student directed learning units with a vigorous worksheet to be completed at the end of each unit and sent to Treetops for grading. Students are also required to send to Treetops video demonstrations of massages once they begin the hands on course work. The first 6 units cover canine anatomy, physiology and patho physiology. Units 7 through 13 cover passive and active assessment, massage theory, massage strokes, techniques and routines as well as stretching and passive hydrotherapy. The units also discuss canine behaviour and handling, record keeping, professionalism and ethics. Units 14 through 21 cover specialty massage techniques for specific physical issues including acupressure, lymph drainage massage, sports massage, reflexology and colour therapy. The units also discuss the relationship between conformation, dog sports and injury issues . Lastly business management is discussed. Students should be prepared to spend approximately 4 to 10 hours of study for each unit. A minimum mark of 75% is required on each unit worksheet. Students must successfully complete the canine anatomy and physiology course before enrolling in the introductory canine massage course. Students must successfully complete the introduction to canine massage course before enrolling in the advanced canine massage course. A knowledge assessment at the end of each course ensures that students have successfully completed the course requirements and have a level of training that ensures they will be safe when working on their own animals and doing the case studies. Certification requirements of 40 case studies, a written exam at the end of the canine anatomy and physiology course as well as at the end of the introduction to canine massage course along with a practical exam at the end of the introductory and the advanced canine massage course ensure that students offering their services to the public are knowledgeable, well trained and that services are provided in a professional and safe manner. Students are required to complete all of the course material including the certification exam within 2 years of registration in the animal massage home study program. Treetops' instructor, Sigle Skeries , has a lifetime of involvement with horses and dogs in a wide variety of disciplines. Sigle has been an animal rehabilitation specialist since 1991 and is a Licensed Massage Therapist governed by the International Therapeutic Examination Council.

The comprehensive program includes: The entire canine massage program consists of 21 student directed learning units with a vigorous worksheet to be completed at the end of each unit and sent to Treetops for grading. Students are also required to send to Treetops video demonstrations of massages once they begin the hands on course work. The first 6 units cover canine anatomy, physiology and patho...

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