Enhance Your Dog Walking Business with Caninology
Debranne Pattillo, Caninology CEO
It’s literally a dog eat dog world out there when you are trying to compete in the dog walking, dog grooming or pet sitting business. You can make yourself stand out by offering 5-10 minutes mini massage sessions or full sessions as part of your services. Owners will love you for it, and it is a great way to bond with your pooch duty.
For those who may consider adding a short 5-10 minute massage to be included as part of their walking, grooming or sitting service, attend a short owners course which will give you some safe strokes to complement your service. If the consumer is considering you, this edge may lead them right to you.
While you would (or should not) advertise yourself as a qualified canine bodyworker or massage therapist after attending a short course, there is nothing keeping you from offering the service as part of your existing offerings. We have a two-day course: CN75: Canine Massage and Bodywork for owners, breeders, sport dog competitors and trainers who would like to learn more about their dogs and offer this modality on a regular basis. This Canine Massage and Body Work Course offers our unique blend of canine sports massage, soft tissue release and stretching. The course outline includes: locating the surface anatomy, muscles addressed during the session, common areas of stress, encouraging communication and interaction during the session, differentiating between normal and pain responses, massage, and bodywork techniques, correct and effective body mechanics and improving your eye for gait and conformation assessment.
If you decide you would like to add full sessions on the menu of your existing business and charge in addition to your services, then by all means, attend a qualification course. When considering the study, you should look at programs which offer onsite training, precourse preparations and post course case studies and testing. We have the CN3000: Caninology Canine Body Worker Certification Course which requires precourse distance study, attending the nine-day course and the post course externship (case studies, extra learning activities and testing).
When choosing your education, be sure to attend a school which is licensed by its particular state. Equinology is approved to operate by the BPPE (Bureau for Private Postsecondary Education). BPPE approval to operate means the institution is in compliance with the minimum state standards contained in the California Private Postsecondary Education Act. BPPE is the regulatory agency for private postsecondary schools. Equinology and Caninology are the only approved private postsecondary schools in California which are strictly dedicated to Equine and Canine Bodywork.
For more information, please visit:
CN75: Canine Bodywork and Massage for Owners
CN3000: Caninology Canine Body Worker Certification
CN3005: Canine Anatomy and Behavior Precourse Distance Study