Comparison of Canine Massage Certificate Programs in the US

Going back and forth between websites and trying to compare schools and programs can be both time consuming and confusing. To help save a little bit of time, I’ve put together a short comparison of the more comprehensive canine massage certificate programs available in the US (in order by state). Note that most of these also offer shorter courses and workshops, so check them out even if you’re not in the market for a full-fledged certificate program.

The contact info for each school can be found on the list of US animal massage schools.

Please let me know if I have left out any pieces of information you wish were included and I’ll do my best to add them.

  CALIFORNIA

Caninology
Name of program: Canine Body Worker® Certification Course
Length of program: 8 days, 80 hours (total 250+ hours with field work)
On Site/Distance: 80 hours on site (divided in two 4-day courses), 80 hours guided externship
Location: Petaluma, CA (this course is also offered in the UK, South Africa, Canada, Australia and New Zealand)
Prerequisites: Knowledge of directional terms, veterinary vocabulary and anatomy. Canine Anatomy and Behavior Precourse (100 hour online course).
Cost: $2,390.00

Ojai School of Massage
Name of program: Small Animal Massage Program
Length of program: 150 hours
On Site/Distance: 196 hours (2 week intensive or six weekend classes)
Location: Ojai, CA
Prerequisites: None
Cost: $1,800.00

  COLORADO

Lang Institute for Canine Massage; The
Name of program: Canine Massage Program
Length of program: 663 hours
On Site/Distance: Home study + on site practicum
Location: Loveland, CO
Prerequisites: High School Diploma
Cost: $3,500

Rocky Mountain School of Animal Acupressure & Massage
Name of program: Canine Massage Program
Length of program: 12 days on site + home study (350 hours total)
On Site/Distance: On site + independent case studies
Other Options: 140-hour Canine Massage Correspondence Program ($929)
Location: Elizabeth, CO & Cape Coral, FL
Prerequisites: None (pre-course work required)
Cost: $3,465 – $3,850

  FLORIDA

Abundant Life Massage
Name of program: Canine Massage Therapy Certification
Length of program: 100 hours
On Site/Distance: On site
Location: Sarasota, FL
Prerequisites: Learn to Massage Your Dog course or Canine Massage Therapy level 1 course
Cost: $1,225 for Learn to Massage Your Dog and Certification program

Rocky Mountain School of Animal Acupressure & Massage
Name of program: Canine Massage Program
Length of program: 12 days on site + home study (350 hours total)
On Site/Distance: On site + independent case studies
Other Options: 140-hour Canine Massage Correspondence Program ($929)
Location: Elizabeth, CO & Cape Coral, FL
Prerequisites: None (pre-course work required)
Cost: $3,465 – $3,850

  ILLINOIS

Chicago School of Canine Massage (CSCM)
Name of program: Canine Massage and Advanced Canine Massage Certification
Length of program: 200 hours for Canine Massage (Level 1 & 2), 300 hours for the Advanced Certification program
On Site/Distance: On site, also offer home study/on-site mentorship combination
Location: Oak Park, IL
Prerequisites: None
Cost: $3,200 for both levels of Canine Massage / $6,500.00 for the Advanced Certification program

  MASSACHUSETTS

Bancroft School of Massage Therapy
Name of program: Small Animal Massage Certification Program™
Length of program: 200 hours
On Site/Distance option: Distance learning with 49 hours of online classes, 112 hours on site in Worcester and 39 hours [off-campus] internship
Location: Worcester, MA
Prerequisites: High School Graduate or equivalent
Cost: $4,750.00
More about Bancroft

  OHIO

Integrated Touch Therapy
Name of program: Small Animal Massage Certification
Length of program: 150 hours
On Site/Distance: Home study + lectures and workshops on site
Location: Circleville, OH
Prerequisites: None
Cost: $1,975.00

PetMassage, Ltd.
Name of program: Foundation Workshop, Advanced Workshop, WaterWork Workshop
Length of program: 100 hours/course. Foundation is 4 ½ days, Advanced and WaterWork are 5 days each. A certificate is awarded at completion of each course
On Site/Distance: On site (with pre-course home study modules)
Location: Toledo, OH
Prerequisites: None (Foundation course for the Advanced course)
Cost: Foundation $1,700.00, Advanced $1,800, WaterWorks $1,700

  WASHINGTON

Northwest School of Animal Massage
Name of program: Level 100 Maintenance Massage for Animals, Level 200 Performance Massage for Animals, Level 300 Rehabilitation Massage for Animals
Length of program: 150 hours for Level 100 Certification course
+ an additional 150 hours for Level 200 + 150 hours more for Level 300
On Site/Distance: Home study + 5-day practical on site
Location: Vashon Island, WA
Prerequisites: None
Cost: $2,000.00
More about NWSAM

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Comments

  1. Kestrel says

    Hi! I just wanted to let you guys know about a great new book that has just been published: A Dog Lover’s Guide to Canine Massage, by Jody Chiquoine (RN, MSN, FNP, CCRT) and Linda Jackson (Lic.Ac, MacOM, MEd), and published by Satya House Publications. This is a useful workbook designed for all dog lovers, as well as professionals, and dogs of all ages, sizes, and conditions. It is fully illustrated with photographs and diagrams, and book provides a really good, solid foundation in massage technique. I tried it on my 9-year-old standard poodle, Crispin, and he absolutely loved it! It got him so relaxed.

    A Dog Lover’s Guide to Canine Massage is available from its website ( http://www.caninemassagebook.com ), bookstores, pet shops, veterinarians, pet groomers, and directly from the publisher. If you are interested in bulk discounts or consignment orders, please contact Satya House Publications ( http://www.satyahouse.com/index.htm ) for details.

  2. cattie says

    Kestrel is right, this is a great book, and one I have been meaning to review for months now. I’m about to go on a trip out west, but when I’m back, it’s #1 on my to do list.

  3. Caroline Piermattei says

    So, as far as the distance learning programs which in your opinion is the best? And why do you think the Chicago program is almost triple the cost?

    Thanks so much.

  4. says

    Hi Caroline,
    I can’t really recommend one over the others, I would suggest looking what each program includes and select the one that fits your needs the best. I’m not exactly sure why the advanced program at the Chicago school of canine massage is that much, but it IS a very comprehensive program, all hands on, and students have access to the their on site student clinic so they get to practice “for real”.

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