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CN75: Canine Massage and Bodywork for Owners and Trainers

Date: 2024 Dates TBD Maryland
Cost: $395
Duration: 2 days


This course has been approved by the CCPDT for (8) CEUs for Trainers and (5.5) CEUs for Behavior Consultants. 

This 2-day course will teach you how to properly work on your dog using Caninology’s guide to canine massage and bodywork. You will receive personalized instruction from experienced professionals utilizing a unique blend of canine sports massage, soft tissue release and stretching techniques. The class is presented with loads of hands-on practical experience supplemented by video clips, multimedia presentations and bone specimens. Proper handling of the dog, correct body mechanics and safe bodywork techniques are strongly emphasized throughout.

This course is appropriate for a variety of individuals. Sporting dog owners will benefit not only by learning the techniques, but by learning how to utilize bodywork as a regular assessment of their dog’s condition. It helps foster the bond between dog and human, allowing the use of this modality on a regular basis. Trainers will find that these techniques will help dogs under their guidance, especially as they advance in their training. For those considering working professionally in the field of canine bodywork, it provides an in-depth overview as to what is really involved. Overall, the dog is the winner with improved health care, performance, comfort and communication.

This class runs from 8:30am–4:30pm daily with 30 minutes for lunch.


Learning the techniques is not the only important aspect of canine bodywork. This course also covers:

  • Locating Surface Anatomy
  • Common Areas of Stress
  • Muscles Addressed During Session
  • Massage/Bodywork Techniques
  • Encouraging Communication & Interaction During Session
  • Stretching Techniques
  • Improving Your Eye for Gait and Conformation Assessment
  • Correct Body Mechanics
  • Differentiating Between Normal and Pain Responses


Participants must be comfortable working around dogs.

Required Materials

Required Materials (included in tuition):
Course Manual
Course Visual Presentation


Dr. Mila Speciani,
Veterinarian, EEBW, CCBW, GPCert WVA & CPM

Dr. Speciani, a veterinarian and Equinology® Equine Body Worker, lives and works across Northern Italy running her freelance practice. The majority of her daily practice includes dogs and horses, and she integrates natural medicine, sports medicine, natural management, and gentle horsemanship, physiotherapy, and rehabilitation in order to provide health and wellness to animal athletes and companions.

Dr. Speciani graduated with full marks in 2006 from the University of Parma – Veterinary Medicine Department thanks to final graduation work on “Ultrasonographic evaluation of the thoracolumbar spine of the horse.” She completed externships at Santa Lucia Farm, Alamo Pintado Equine Medical Center and San Marcos Equine Practice.  Dr. Speciani is certified by the Holistic School on Natural Horse Management and Natural Barefoot Trimming; Equine Physiotherapy, Preventive Physical Therapy and Rehabilitation, Ultrasound and PMF-Magnetic Field Therapy; and Equine Sport Medicine and TECAR® Therapy.

After three years of postgraduate school, Dr. Speciani graduated CUM LAUDE as Doctor Expert in Homeopathy, Homotoxicology, and Integrated Therapies. Her final dissertation earned the recognition of the Internationale Gesellschaft für Homotoxikologie (Baden Baden, Germany).

In 2013, Dr. Speciani completed an Equine Kinesio Taping course of studies and is certified by the Kinesio Taping Association International. In 2014, she enriched her knowledge of Myofascial Release by attending seminars and being further mentored by Ruth Mitchell-Golladay, a leader in animal MFR. She’s now further specializing in Western Veterinary Acupuncture and Chronic Pain Management.

Dr. Speciani is an instructor and lecturer for world-renowned institutions, regularly teaches courses and seminars, and recently published peer-reviewed articles concerning her scientific areas of expertise.


A $300 deposit is required to hold your spot in a course – the remainder of the tuition is due at least 30 days prior to the course start date. The $300 deposit is nonrefundable and nontransferable, and is credited to the total tuition for the course. Confirmation letters, course outlines, required pre-study (if applicable), directions and lodging options will be sent when the $300 deposit has been received.

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