It began with my injured agility dog

My canine massage journey began in 2016. My dog Lucy was competing in agility. But she had been injured a couple of times. So we had to take several breaks from agility.

Each time we returned to training, she was OK for a while, but then intermittent lameness started again. She just wasn’t 100% and I wanted to do my best to ensure she stayed sound. So I booked on a day course from the Canine Massage Therapy Centre,, for Agility and Sport dogs.

The day course was great. I learnt warm up and cool down routines for my dog. But there were areas of her body where Lucy was less comfy being touched.

Afterwards I got vet consent to take Lucy to see my local Canine Massage Guild therapist.


How Canine Massage Therapy helped my dog

Lucy had three initial sessions of massage with a Canine Massage Guild therapist. Afterwards, we took a complete break from agility to allow her body to process the massage.

When we returned to training she was definitely more comfy, running faster. She was more confident too. And she was barking to be released from the start line!

Much more important, Lucy was a happier little dog at home. I did not realise how quiet she had become until she was feeling better again. So much of her personality was hidden by pain and discomfort.


Next steps

Further massage day courses followed. Then I wanted to learn how to help other dogs myself. Not just injured agility dogs like Lucy. But also dogs struggling with arthritis and other painful conditions.

I completed the 2 year Clinical Canine Massage Practitioner programme in 2019. And I set up my business in early 2020, providing this therapy to help support dogs across Hampshire.

Canine Massage Therapy is suitable for many dogs. This includes injured pet dogs, agility, sporting or working dogs and pre/post operative dogs. Also ageing dogs and dogs with conditions such as arthritis, hip dysplasia, elbow dysplasia and many others. It can also provide maintenance treatments for dogs with active lifestyles to help pick up issues early. See the Canine Massage page for more details.

View my professional membership on the Guild therapist register I commit to a minimum of 25 hours CPD each year as part of my membership.

Emma has been fantastic with my dog Toby, he suffered a neck injury which was causing him pain and discomfort and since seeing Emma he has been in tip top shape. He also runs with me so we are having regular maintenance visits to give his muscles some r and r. Emma has a lovely relaxing manner and both Toby and I are in extreme ease in her company.

20 January 2020

Lucy Maggs and Toby

Dog having a massage
Cream agility dog having canine massage

About me

I live in Whiteley, Hampshire with my two dogs.  Lucy, a cavapoo, who is twelve years old and Saffron, a Cyprus rescue, who is roughly five.

This is Lucy having a massage. She has maintenance treatments every 8 to 10 weeks. This is to keep her comfortable and also to ensure any new issues are picked up quickly.

Lucy is retired from agility now. She is no longer training, but still enjoys the odd blast round a course for fun!

I completed the 2 year Clinical Canine Massage Practitioner Programme, externally accredited by Lantra® via the Canine Massage Therapy Centre, I am committed to continuing personal development as a proud member of the Canine Massage Guild, Insured for professional indemnity and public liability through Balens Ltd.

I abide by the Veterinary Surgeons Act 1966 and Exemptions Order 2015. Because of this, I never work on a dog without vet consent.

Email me for a vet consent form or for more information:

See the Canine massage page for more information about how I can help your dog.

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Download a vet consent form

You will need to fill in the top third of the form with your details and your dog’s details. Your vet should then complete the bottom part of the form. I cannot massage your dog without a fully completed form signed by you and your vet.

Once the form is fully completed, we can book in the appointments for your dog.


Covering Hampshire

I live in Whiteley, Hampshire. I cover Southampton, Portsmouth, Fareham, Bishops Waltham and Waterlooville, and all areas in between.

Home visits may also be available outside this area. Additional mileage costs are charged for visits over 10 miles from Whiteley. These will be discussed with you when booking.

Flexible locations

Dogs are often more comfortable at home. Because of this, I offer canine massage therapy across Hampshire with home visits where I can come to you.

I am based in Whiteley, my home clinic is temporarily closed for appointments. 


Payment is by debit or credit card, or bank transfer (on the day of treatment please). Cash can be accepted, but I do not take cheques.


Appointment times

Appointments available:

» Mondays 6pm – 9pm

» Tuesdays 6pm – 9pm

» Thursdays 6pm – 9pm

» Fridays 6pm – 9pm

Limited weekend appointments also offered, but these book up quickly.