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Loveland, CO (PRWEB) October 5, 2007

E-Training for Dogs, Inc. has just released a Certification course designed for canine professionals, veterinarians, veterinary technicians or assistants or others, to enhance their client services with Canine Massage Therapy. The course, Canine Massage Certification consists of three classes and one practicum (hands-on massage internship). This is a rigorous and comprehensive Certification with over 50 hours in-class time and over 150 hours home study.

Though equine massage is a common practice in the horse-racing industry, canine massage is starting to make its way into the lives of household pets, sporting or working dogs, and as part of treatment regimens prescribed by Veterinarians for injured or diseased dogs.

Physical rehabilitation is a valuable and often underutilized part of the overall management of canines with diseases such as osteoarthritis or injuries such as anterior cruciate ligament tears. A team effort is vital to determine and carry out an appropriate therapeutic regimen. There are several modes of physical rehabilitation, outside of surgery or medication, such as chiropractics, acupuncture, or massage, which can help canines achieve a better quality of life after diagnosis of a debilitating disease or injury. Of these, massage remains one of the historically least utilized, and the fastest growing alternative therapies employed by Veterinarians today.

An outstanding article on the pros and cons of canine massage therapy can be found at The article stresses the importance of qualified canine massotherapists and documentation of results when massage is used as part of a treatment modality. In many states, bills have been passed that would allow animal massage therapists to gain formal state recognition. Often, the bill will require specific hours of combined training and experience before licensing.

To achieve the Canine Massage Therapy Certification at, a student must have high class attendance, complete documented massages, and successfully pass comprehensive exams. All classes and timed exams are taken from the student’s home computer using Webinar technology. They include Canine Anatomy and Physiology, Introductory Massage, Advanced Massage, and Canine Case Study Submissions (40 documented massages).

The instructor, Sigle (Sheila) Skeries of Treetops in Canada, holds an Honors Bachelor of Arts in Educational Psychology with 20 years teaching experience and over 30 years experience in the animal industry. Her qualifications in therapeutic massage have been secured through training at The Complementary Therapies School in Gerrards Cross, England and successful completion of the ITEC licensing examinations. She is a member of the British Complementary Medicine Association, Independent Professional Therapists International and the Guild of Complementary Practitioners. Since 1995, Treetops has focused solely on equine and canine rehabilitation while also providing exceptional educational programs in the field of complementary therapies. Treetops was the first facility in North America to provide a fully integrated rehabilitation facility providing the very best in complementary therapies and allopathic veterinary medicine in order to provide a holistic approach to animal health promotion and convalescent care. Treetops continues to be the standard by which all other animal rehabilitation facilities and educational programs aspire. In fact many of today’s animal rehabilitation specialists took their training and began their careers at Treetops.

About E-Training for Dogs: Ground-breaking, e-learning leader, E-Training for Dogs, Inc. has harnessed the power of the internet, using online audio and video to bring the dog training seminar and professional dog trainer and training to you. No travel involved. No time off work. We are the only online access to quality dog trainers and dog training available both instructor-led (live) or self-paced (recorded). Access and timing is everything; and access to the unique and large variety of dog sports, working dogs and working with dogs is now available to everyone, anywhere, anytime.


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