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Canine Massage Guild

About Me

 

I’m Anna Willitt and I live on the Somerset Levels near Taunton, with my three dogs Poppy, Fly and Finn.

I discovered canine massage when Poppy had a muscular health check at an agility show. I was amazed by the improvement in her mobility following an initial course of treatments, and when she deteriorated again her therapist referred her back to the vet which helped diagnose her Spondylosis at an early stage.anna plus dog

After seeing the benefits for Poppy, I chose to train in clinical canine massage myself so I could help other dogs in the same way. I love building a relationship with the dogs I treat and their owners, and I find it hugely rewarding seeing the improvements in their movement and hearing how in many cases massage has made a real difference to their quality of life. 

I’m also a trainer, specialising mainly in teaching Hoopers. I first got involved in dog sports when I started agility training with Poppy at Paws on the Levels. Neither of us were naturals, but we persevered and made it to competition eventually. Poppy retired early due to her Spondylosis, and my younger dog Finn then retired early due to poor eyesight, so I was lucky to discover hoopers as a low impact alternative.

I’ve been teaching hoopers since 2017 and love the inclusivity it offers for different dogs and owners. All breeds and ages are catered for, and owners can choose to distance handle or run with their dogs. I teach a variety of people from distance handlers to runners, and different breeds from working breeds to the more unusual giant and toy breeds. I love the variety, and helping each partnership to reach their potential and goals.

Training and Qualifications 

  • Canine Massage Therapy - trained with the Canine Massage Therapy Centre. A two year course with over 800 hours of training including theory modules, practical hands on training, an externship of 10 case studies, and final written and practical assessments.
  • Member of the Canine Massage Guild - every year I complete at least 25 hours of CPD to ensure my knowledge stays up to date.
  • Member of the APDT (Association of Pet Dog Trainers) - I took a practical and theoretical assessment to ensure that my training methods are kind and effective.
  • Accredited Canine Hoopers UK instructor.
  • Scentwork UK Levels 1-4 instructor.
  • Certificate in Canine Nutrition.
  • Pet Bereavement Counselling Diploma - currently studying.