Dog Lovers Canine Massage - Dr. Sue Furman - Holistic Touch Therapy for Dogs
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Dog Lovers Canine Massage


Petting with a Purpose Online Series

Watch a sample video

Watch a sample video.

The Petting with a Purpose Series of classes is designed for dog lovers of all levels of canine massage expertise. For example, a novice or a Certified Massage Practitioner (CMP) may wish to use canine massage to encourage fitness in a dog or may wish to learn and perform canine massage that will improve the comfort level of a dog with arthritis.

The following classes are available:

  • Petting with a Purpose to Encourage Fitness – Online Class
  • Petting With a Purpose for Flexibility – Online Class
  • Petting with a Purpose to Ease Arthritis Pain – Online Class
  • Petting with a Purpose to Ease Arthritis Pain - Texas Workshop
  • HTT Canine Massage Workshop – Texas Workshop

Petting with a Purpose to Encourage Fitness – Online Class

This course is especially designed for those interested in learning massage to add a new level of care for the dog that shares their life. Students learn why massage is so powerful and how it benefits the health of a dog. Several basic Swedish massage strokes are taught and their specific beneficial effects are discussed. Students practice each of the strokes on several appropriate areas of a dog.

Performed on their dogs, the moves will maintain muscle tone and flexibility in a healthy dog and comfort or encourage healing in a dog with an acute or chronic condition. Learn to rub your dog the right way. You will both enjoy it and your human-canine bond will become stronger. Upon successful completion of the course you will receive a certificate of completion that indicates your mastery of Petting with a Purpose material.

This course is presented in two Modules. Each Module has two Parts. In all, there are almost three hours of video instruction from Dr. Sue. You can watch the videos as many times as you would like. Think of this as having your own personal tutor available at your convenience.

Petting With a Purpose to Encourage Fitness : $145!

This class is NCBTMB approved.



Petting With a Purpose for Flexibility – Online Class


The two hour Petting With a Purpose for Flexibility webinar presents massage moves that enhance the mobility, comfort level, and the quality of life of a dog. Flexibility is defined as the range of motion of joints or the ability of joints to move freely. The benefits and importance of passive and active stretches are presented as well as several massage moves that prepare the dog for stretching.

The stretches and massage moves taught are beneficial for a dog that is fit and for one that is physically compromised by conditions that limit free movement of his joints. Upon successful completion of the course a student receives a certificate of completion that indicates mastery of Petting with a Purpose for Flexibility.

Petting With a Purpose for Flexibility : $145!


Petting With a Purpose for Flexibility – Texas Workshop


  • Flexibility or the range of motion of joints is considered.
  • Massage moves that enhance the mobility, comfort level, and the quality of life of a dog are taught.
  • Massage moves that prepare the dog for stretching are taught and practiced.
  • The benefits and importance of passive and active stretches are discussed.
  • Stretches and massage moves promote health in a fit dog.
  • Stretches and massage moves promote ROM in a dog with compromised joints.
  • A certificate of completion is presented at the end of the course.
  • The two day workshop runs from 9am-5pm each day.
  • Each workshop is limited to 4 students.
  • Register (by clicking on "Add to Cart") for the $225 two-day workshop to be held here in Texas.

Complimentary "Build Your Own Sandwich" Lunch

NOTE: Call ahead for any special dietary needs, such as gluten-free or vegetarian.


Currently there is one Petting With a Purpose for Flexibility – Texas Workshop scheduled for April 14–15, 2018



Petting with a Purpose to Ease Arthritis Pain – Online Class

Part 1 of this two part program explains the types, causes, symptoms, commonly affected joints, and treatments of canine arthritis. X-rays of normal and arthritic hips and elbows illustrate the anatomic changes caused by arthritis.

In Part 2, several Swedish massage strokes are taught and their beneficial effects are discussed. There are videos of each massage move and a massage routine that can be played as often as a student wishes. Upon successful completion of the course, a certificate of completion indicating mastery of the material in Petting with a Purpose to Ease Arthritis Pain is awarded.

Petting With a Purpose to to Ease Arthritis Pain : $145



Petting with a Purpose to Ease Arthritis Pain – Texas Workshop

  • This workshop explains the types, causes, symptoms, commonly affected joints, and treatments of canine arthritis.
  • Several Swedish massage strokes are taught and their beneficial effects are discussed.
  • Students practice each of the strokes on several appropriate areas of the class dogs.
  • Time is devoted to selecting appropriate massage strokes to address the discomfort in arthritic joints.
  • Canine massage routines that address arthritis in the elbow, hip, hock, neck, and spine are discussed.
  • A certificate of completion is presented at the end of the course.
  • The two day workshop runs from 9am-5pm each day.
  • Each workshop is limited to 4 students.
  • Select a date below then register for the $225 two day local facility workshop by clicking on "Add to Cart".

Complimentary "Build Your Own Sandwich" Lunch

NOTE: Call ahead for any special dietary needs, such as gluten-free or vegetarian.


Class Tuition: $225 USD

Available dates:

HTT Canine Massage Workshop

  • Practice more than 25 Swedish massage strokes
  • The specific beneficial effects of strokes are discussed
  • Dr. Sue critiques students as they perform each stroke
  • This workshop jump starts the practice of massage on dogs
  • A certificate of completion is presented at the end of the course
  • The two day workshop runs from 9am-5pm each day
  • Each workshop is limited to 4 students
  • Select a date below then register for the $225 two day local workshop by clicking on "Add to Cart".

Complimentary "Build Your Own Sandwich" Lunch

NOTE: Call ahead for any special dietary needs, such as gluten-free or vegetarian.


Currently there are two HTT Canine Massage Workshops scheduled:

  • June 9-10, 2018
  •      and
  • October 6-7, 2018

Class Tuition: $225 USD



Enrollment Policy

The number of students per class is limited to four students (at times, more), depending on the facility at which classes are conducted.

A deposit is required for enrollment in all classes. The amount of the deposit is one-half of the course tuition. The balance of the tuition is due one week in advance of the course to allow time for a student to receive required pre-course materials.

A student may withdraw from a class at any time. Administrative fees may be charged.

A student may withdraw from a course at any time. No refund will be available.