About RitaFrom my very first word (“doggie!”) to this very moment, the love of dogs has guided and shaped my life. I’ve studied and been trained in a wide variety of dog-related passions & professions. Some of my certifications and work experience includes:
- Certified Canine Fitness Trainer (CCFT)
- Certified Canine Sports Massage Therapist (CSMT)
- Veterinary Radiology Technician
- Veterinary Surgical Assistant, Treatment and Veterinary Technician
- Humane Society
- Doggie Day Care
The areas of study that I’m passionate about include:
- Dog Obedience and Family-Life Skills Training
- Canine Body Conditioning, Exercise, and Fitness
- Behavior Adjustment Training
- Canine Nutrition
When one of my own dogs showed some stiffness and lack of flexibility, I saw how well massage helped to alleviate his discomfort. I was so impressed by what Canine Sports Massage could do that I set my sights on becoming certified in canine massage therapy. After an extremely thorough 250 hour course, much of it hands-on with many different breeds of dogs, I achieved Supreme Motion’s certification of Canine Sports Massage Therapist (CSMT).
Then, as I watched my oldest dog turn 10 years old, I saw how the effects of a few years of agility training and advancing age had left her with rear limb pain and stiffness. Determined to counter-act this, and prevent it in my younger dogs, I enrolled in and completed a comprehensive program to attain certification in a university credentialed Canine Fitness Trainer Program.
Just like humans, a well-conditioned dog typically lives a longer and more active, healthy and pain-free life than a dog who has not been involved in regular fitness and conditioning. Canine Fitness Training and Sports Massage Therapy are perfectly suited to my life’s passion. They have all the things I love:
- Helping to develop fit and healthy DOGS
- Meeting DOG people
Together, we can give your dog the advantage of superior health and fitness!