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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 Fly, Finn and Florrie.

I discovered canine massage when my first dog 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 trained with the Canine Massage Therapy Centre, an extensive two year course with over 800 hours of training including theory modules, practical hands on training, case studies and final written and practical assessments. I am now proud to be a member of the Canine Massage Guild, and complete a minimum of 25 hours a year of CPD to keep my knowledge up to date.

I’m also a trainer, specialising mainly in teaching Hoopers and Scentwork. Check out my website www.springintoaction-dogtraining.co.uk for more details.

My Dogs

Fly is an 11 year old Collie cross who came to me as a 7 month old rescue. Fly is very anxious and can be reactive to various things, although we’ve worked hard over the years so most of the time she copes well with life and appears ‘normal.’ Fly’s favourite things are running through the woods, jumping in muddy puddles and rolling in poo. She’d like to follow up the rolling in poo with cuddles, it’s not appreciated!

Finn is an 8 year old Springer cross. He’s a little bit wonky and highly prone to injury, meaning he spends at least part of each year on restricted exercise while he recovers, he’s an absolute star to treat though and copes brilliantly with this. He was supposed to be my competitive agility dog, but his structure meant this wasn’t sensible so thanks to him I discovered hoopers and scentwork, both of which he loves and does well at. His favourite things are training with me, tennis balls, and other dogs.

Florence joined me in March 2021 as an 8 week old puppy. She’s an extremely lively Border Collie, with absolutely no sense of danger so I suspect as she gets older I’ll be putting my skills to good use to keep her in good condition. When she’s older she’ll hopefully be my next agility dog, but for now she’s just having fun being a puppy and chewing things!

Poppy Springer - 27/11/2007 - 23/11/2020. My crazy loveable Springer Poppy was the reason I became a canine massage therapist and a trainer, and certainly gave me lots of opportunity to use my skills to treat her arthritis. Eventually her Spondylosis and arthritis became too uncomfortable, so it was time to say goodbye. The house has definitely been quieter without her, I’m just very grateful that this lovely girl led me to such a rewarding career choice.

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