Therapeutic Massage for Dogs

Offered by School of Life Sciences & Chemical Technology

Short Course / 1 day

Course Information
Learning Outcomes
Course Schedule
Lesson Plan
Trainer Profile
Entry Requirements
Course Fees

Course Information

Just as massage therapy has its benefits for humans, the same can be said for your dog. Give a soothing massage to your pooch may help them relax, increase oxygenation, relieve their pain, improve joint flexibility and immune system.

Help your dog to live a longer, healthier life through massage also works to strengthen the bond between you and your canine companion.

Learning Outcomes

You will learn the techniques to perform massage on your canine companion which not only improves its physical well-being, but also its emotional state.


Course Date: 22 Jan 2022
Application Period: 1 Nov 2021 – 22 Dec 2021
Duration: 1 day (Saturday)
Time: 9am to 5pm
Delivery Mode: Classroom
Venue: TBC

Ngee Ann Polytechnic reserves the right to reschedule / cancel any programme, modify the fees and amend information without prior notice.

Lesson Plan

  • Handling and restraining animals properly for massage
  • the benefits of massage therapy
  • the anatomy of the various muscle groups involved in massage
  • the basis of muscle injury and muscle stress
  • a diverse range of massage techniques
  • the importance of basic hygiene in massage
  • Setting up an appropriate environment to perform massage

Trainer's Profile


Gayathiri has a deep passion in animal wellness and care. She has been practicing as a freelance dog stylist and a dog massage therapist with more than 12 years of experience. She attained the Intermediate Professional Dog Grooming Certificate from the School of Pet Grooming Singapore in 2007, Canine Myofunctional Therapy Certificate in The National Traditional College, Australia in 2008 and the Diploma in Animal Physiotherapy from College of Animal Physiotherapy, London. With 5 years of experience as a Head veterinary nurse, she has seen various cases how massage therapy can help to calm anxious dogs or relief pain for dogs with arthritis or luxating patellas. She is passionate in promoting the use of alternative therapies for pet parents to bring pain relief, relaxation and health to their pets.


Karen is the co-founder and Canine Massage Practitioner at Paws Fur Life. She is a professional member of the International Association of Animal Massage & Bodywork (IAAMB), USA. Karen is the first and only Tellington Touch Practitioner-in Training of companion animals in Singapore and South East Asia. Karen has helped hundreds of dogs relieve pain and improve joint mobility through her proprietary “PFL Touch”, which combines both her skills in massage and TTouch. The “PFL Touch” promotes faster recovery for many of her doggy clients. Karen was featured in media including CNA 938 Live, Mediacorp Channel 8 and the South China Morning Post, for her dedication to her profession. As a trainer, Karen’s passion is to empower every pet parent to help their dogs live healthier, happier and pain-free lives.


This course will be delivered in English and has NO assessment.

Certificate of Participation will be awarded to participants who achieve at least 75% attendance.

Entry Requirements

It is essential to bring your own dog so that you can learn the basic techniques. The dog will be kept in the animal holding area during lunchtime and kept separated from other dogs. You are advised to bring their leashes, water bowl and food bowl (with food). Only pet dogs which are friendly to people and other dogs are allowed.

Course Fees

Course fee is payable upon acceptance. It is inclusive of 7% GST and subject to review.

The course is eligible for SkillsFuture Credit. For more information on the SkillsFuture Credit click here.

Singaporeans aged 50 years and above who wish to apply for the course at the special course fee will need to email a copy of their NRIC during the course fee payment before the course commencement.

Eligible for funding by National Silver Academy. Funding ends 31 Mar 2022.

Applicants / Eligibility Fees
Singapore Citizens (SC) aged 50 and above$171.00
Full Course Fee$321.00