Canine Massage Therapy Career Advancement Certificate for MyCAA Program

Course Name

Canine Massage Therapy Career Advancement Certificate for MyCAA Program

Contact Hours: 200

Course Description

The program offered through a MYCAA portal has been developed exclusively for Military Spouses. The Military Spouse Career Advancement Accounts Program (MyCAA) is a career development and employment assistance program sponsored by the Department of Defense`s (DoD) Spouse Education and Career Opportunities (SECO) program.

MyCAA (Military Spouse Career Advancement Accounts) Member – This Tuition Assistance program provides up to $4,000 (over 2 years) of Financial Assistance for military spouses who are pursuing a license, certification, or Associate`s degree in a portable career field and occupation.

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This course is designed to engage the student with more direct instructor involvement and feedback. It has no prerequisites. The student must however, have had previous experience in handling canines. This would include those people who have previously, or currently, have a dog as a pet or those people who are working, or have worked with dogs in a volunteer or paid position. 

The purpose of this course is to provide high quality instructional training in the field of Canine Massage Therapy. This course is not designed to “Treat or Diagnose” but to enhance your canine companion`s overall well-being and enhance the powerful human/animal connection through healing touch.

This course includes twelve lessons to be completed at your own pace. It is suggested that you take time to practice the information presented in each lesson, therefore one lesson per week is recommended.

Once registered, students will receive an email from the Instructor who will help the student get set up and answer any questions they may have. Students will also receive an email containing online lessons for the course.


  • Breath and meditation techniques to help promote your animals relaxation.
  • Specific massage techniques designed to decrease your animals pain, improve their flexibility and promote their overall health.
  • Over 20 hands-on healing techniques to help ward off long-term illnesses, help your canine companion to live a balanced and healthful life and ensure their liveliness and longevity.
  • Orthopedic conditions including conditions of the muscles, ligaments and joints. Students will become familiar with common canine orthopedic pathologies (canine disease) and learn which exercises can help (or hurt) a muscle, ligament or joint. Students will learn more about pathologies as they progress through the course and assess clients with these pathologies.
  • Business of Canine Massage - Students will learn how to set up a Canine Massage business.
  • Canine Nutrition.
        Many canine pathologies are caused by poor nutrition. Students will learn:
  1. How to assess your canine client and choose the right diet according to the age of dog, activity level of dog, breed and environment.
  2. Understand how proper diet relates to various health conditions and how to choose the correct diet for the specific dog. Know the correct diet for elderly dogs.
  3. Understand Dog food ingredients discussed in this lesson.
  4. Know the foods that are toxic to dogs.
A homework assignment is included at the end of each lesson and is designed to help the student learn each technique by practicing it outside of class. 

After completing the online portion of the course, students must demonstrate their mastery of the course content. The student must schedule a Skype visit with the instructor in order to demonstrate the hands-on techniques learned throughout the online course. The student is required to show personal picture identification (drivers license, passport or other) at the start of the Skype visit.

Admission Requirements:

To be eligible for our certificate course, a student must:

  1. Be at least 18 years of age (prospective students under age 18 may be admitted with the approval of the students parent/guardian and with the submittal of a parental release form).
  2. Be socially and psychologically capable of performing massage therapy.
  3. Be physically able to perform massage.
  4. Possess a high school diploma, or its equivalent.
  5. Be able to read and employ conversational English and have a grasp of spelling, punctuation, and grammar.
  6. Have a dropbox account and know how to use it at a basic level.


The Ojai School of Canine Massage strives to consistently provide a thorough and well rounded education in the field of canine massage. Our courses are designed to provide each student with the most current information available in this subject area, including preparation for the business of canine massage. We prepare our graduates to successfully enter the workforce as professional Canine Massage Therapists. The student will be qualified to work in various animal businesses such as veterinary clinics, kennels, wellness centers, doggie daycare centers, with groomers and in zoos; however many animal massage therapists decide to open their own practice and make home visits to visit their furry clients.

As a result of engaging in this course of study, graduates will also:

  • Learn deeply relaxing breath and meditation techniques to help promote you and your animal’s relaxation.
  • Understand the positive benefits, and transformative effects, of canine massage and therapeutic touch for both you and your canine friends.
  • Learn over 20 massage strokes, their contraindications, effects, how (and when) to apply them on the animal client. 
  • Gain a new skill or compliment your current work with Canines.
  • Assess and understand how proper nutrition relates to various health conditions and how to choose the correct diet for the specific dog. 
  • Help your canine companion to live a balanced and healthful life.
  • Formulate and execute your business vision and plan. 
  • Obtain a certificate of completion as a Professional Small Animal Massage Therapist from Ojai School of Canine Massage.
  • Apply for an Accredited University Certificate upon successful course completion


There are online quizzes for the Anatomy/Physiology portion of the course (lesson two). All online quizzes are open book and may be taken more than once. Only two times are necessary to take the quizzes. The quizzes are not timed. All online quizzes require a score of 75% or greater in order to pass. In addition, students are evaluated at the end of the course. 
The student will have full access to the Instructor via telephone, Email, or Skype. Additionally, Students are evaluated via Skype video throughout the online course. Skype visits may be scheduled, per student request, at anytime during the course. Skype visits are intended for students to obtain feedback, answer questions, assess progress and (most importantly) assure the safety of the animal being massaged.
Students are also given feedback, per the instructor, via dropbox. Students are given various assignments which are deposited in their dropbox folder and given feedback by the instructor. The instructor will email a personal Dropbox folder to students so that they can record videos of the massage strokes they are doing and send this to the instructor as well. This way, the instructor can help make any needed adjustments to the students technique.
After completing the online portion of the course, students are required to demonstrate their knowledge of the course content. Upon completing the online lessons, the student must schedule a Skype visit with the instructor in order to demonstrate the hands-on techniques learned throughout the online course. The student is required to present a personal picture identification front and back (drivers license, passport, or other).


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Course Syllabus: Canine Massage Therapy Career Advancement Certificate

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  • Course contents
  • Testimonials
  • About Nick Scott, Instructor
Lesson 1 – Preparation for Touch/Starting the Journey
  • Medical Charting/Contraindications and Precautions for canine massage.
  • Silent Meditation Instruction and Hand Energizing video
Lesson 2 – Anatomy and Physiology – 50 hours
  • Reading Assignment followed by an online test following each chapter.
  • Textbook: Clinical Anatomy & Physiology for Veterinary Technicians; Colville ISBN-13: 978-0323227933
Lesson 3 – Canine Swedish Massage
  • Swedish stroke definitions and contraindications
  • Video demonstration-Swedish strokes
  • Meditation preparation and audio
Lesson 4 – Canine Trigger Point Therapy
  • Definition/Description of trigger point therapy
  • Video demonstration (Human demonstration and dog massage demonstration)
  • Sound Meditation description and audio
Lesson 5 – Canine Acupressure
  • Description and diagrams of canine acupressure.
  • Video demonstration of the various canine acupressure techniques.
  • Taoist Meditation descriptions and audio.
Lesson 6 – Canine Myofascial Release
  • Definition/Description of canine myofascial release.
  • Video demonstration
  • Mirror Meditation
Lesson 7 – TTouch For Dogs One
  • Description and Origination of TTouch massage
  • MassageDescription/Diagrams/Uses of 11 TTouch strokes.
  • Video demonstration of 11 TTouch strokes