As massage treatments are used to calm show dogs, relieve pain in working dogs, and increase energy and focus in agility dogs, it can also be highly beneficial for family dogs as well. Local expert Ann Tarvin can show how massage can become an important part of a complete wellness program for your furry, four-legged friends.
A massage will relax muscles, invigorate circulation, and stimulate key acupressure points. Massage does not substitute for veterinary care, but complements it. Regular massage can often bring important changes in your pet’s condition to your attention so that medical advice can be sought before the problem becomes advanced.
Tarvin learned her dog massage skills from canine massage pioneer Jonathan Rudinger at the PetMassage Training and Research Institute in Toledo, Ohio. She holds Practitioner and Instructor Level Certificates in Dog Massage and a Certificate in WaterWork for dogs, and is a member of the International Association of Animal Massage and Bodywork. Tarvin also acquired an Advanced Practice Certificate from Healing Touch for Animals. She brings her personal, hands-on work for pets that can benefit from her expertise to special events, pet stores and homes throughout the greater Indianapolis area.
Away from the massage table, she sometimes makes homemade treats for her three dogs. Ann says what she likes best is to make dogs happy.