At Knotty Dogs Canine Massage, we strive to create a better life for dogs and pet owners through practicing our mission to accomplish these main goals:
INCREASE INNER & OUTER BODY AWARENESS FOR ALL DOGS
Knotty Dogs Canine Massage was created to perform competent, confident, nurturing massage to dogs to improve their quality of life. We use techniques and theories to reach and teach more dog owners to increase public and professional awareness of the uses and benefits of massage.
Our techniques are compatible with every known form of canine care, from the traditional veterinary to energy-massage therapies.
FACILITATE DOGS’ NATURAL HEALING ABILITIES & TENDENCIES
RECOGNIZE WAYS TO HELP DOGS MOVE MORE READILY TOWARD BALANCE & HEALING
ENABLE DOG CAREGIVERS TO DISCOVER THE JOY AND EMPOWERMENT OF USING MASSAGE TOUCH AND UNDERSTANDING TO TAKE BETTER CARE OF THEIR PETS
NOT JUST LIVE AND LET LIVE...
LIVE AND HELP LIVE
Niky Bond • Certified Practitioner
Niky was born and raised in western Wisconsin surrounded by animals. From a young age she was nurturing animals of all shapes and sizes. There wasn't a time that she wasn't surrounded by animals.
Growing up she was torn between her love of art and animals. When it came time to choose her path in life, she originally chose Art Education to fulfill her love of art and helping others. After a couple years of teaching, she wasn't content. All through out college and even while teaching she maintained working at a local vet office to fill a void she was feeling in her career. However, she wanted more.
She knew she wanted to go in a new direction that included helping others and animals. In 2014 she joined up with MN Pocket Pet Rescue as a foster and eventually adoption coordinator. There, she meet Rachel of the Gutsy Grackle, a local Healing Touch practitioner. She learned about the energy that animals posses and how they can often get caught up inside of them.
This sparked an idea in Niky. She knew after a few web searches exactly what she wanted to do. She could fulfill her need to create, help others and work with animals! She was going to become an animal massage practitioner! She signed up for a class then and there. The rest is history!
Niky is a Certified PetMassageTM Practitioner, CPMP. She got her certification from the world renowned PetMassage school in Toledo, Ohio.
The Naughty Dogs of Knotty Dogs
First, there is my 3 year old Catahoula-boxer mix Harper. She is a huge reason I got into massage in the first place. We have been competing for the past two years with the Minnesota Disc Dog Club. Although we stress dog and handler safety when we play, I still worry about her getting injured. Canine massage can help keep her safe by helping her keep flexible and relaxed.
Harper demoing at the MN State Fair 2013
Then, there is Tolkien. She is my 1 year old Catahoula-Staffordshire terrier mix. She is my happy little goof ball! She has started playing disc just like her big sister but is just as happy staying safe on all fours instead of doing the big jumps! Even though she is rarely air-bound, massage can benefit her too! Honestly, who doesn't feel better after a good massage?!
Tolkien enjoying a break during PetMassage class
As you can see, I have a thing for Catahoula Leopard dogs. Cata-what? Yeah, you heard me right! They are both Catahoula Leopard Dogs; dogs originally from Louisiana bred for wild bore hunting. The most pig hunting these two do is for the pork chop on the counter! That, my friend, is why they are naughty (knotty) dogs!
We do no harm.
We provide only the services in which we are trained.
Compliments holistic and traditional veterinary care, home care, spa care and all grooming, training and behavioral modification programs.
Enhances the body-mind wellness of dogs.
Recognizes that all diseases are symptoms of imbalance and misguided perceptions in body awareness.
Initiates the self-healing of dogs through the use of knowledge, compassionate touch, compression, kneading, stretching, positional release, the stimulation of acupressure and referral points, and bio-magnetic energy balancing.
Does not include deep-tissue work or extremes of joint movement.
Does not diagnose or treat specific disorders.
Does not recommend specific dietary regimens.
Do not diagnose, medically treat or prescribe medications.