Fitness and your Senior Dog with Tania Costa – May 4, 2014

On Sunday, May 4, 2014, from 11am-1:30pm Scratch and Sniff Canine Services is thrilled to host a hands-on workshop by Tania Costa of the Canine Wellness Centre about physical health and wellness for your older dog.

Book a working spot and bring your dog for a personalized hands-on experience – book an audit spot to learn the techniques on other people’s dogs.

The workshop will explore:
  • Arthritis and its affect on your older dog
  • Your dog’s ideal weight
  • Principles of balance and proprioception for your older dog
  • Core strengthening exercises to help maintain muscle mass in your older dog
  • Equipment and exercises for typical muscle weakness
  • Manual therapy you can perform on your older dog

First-come-first-served, so register now to claim your spot!

  • Working spots (bring your dog) are limited $69+HST. Working Spots are now SOLD OUT. Please register for an audit spot.
  • Audit spots (working with other people and their dogs) $49+HST.
  • Priority will be given to senior dogs for working spots. Anyone is welcome to register for an audit spot.

Spots are limited, register now to avoid disappointment. Refunds are not available for registration fees.


Payment of the non-refundable fee will hold your working or audit spot. Please review the following prior to submitting a registration form for a Working Spot:

  • Old Dog MaxDogs must be friendly and tolerant of people and other dogs. Dogs will be in close contact with each other and with people. This is not an appropriate workshop for reactive, aggressive, or fearful dogs.
  • Proof of Rabies vaccination by a veterinarian is required
  • Do not attend with a dog who is sick, including vomiting, diarrhea, coughing, sneezing, lethargy or fever
  • Submitting registration/payment indicates acceptance of the group class policy
  • Corrective collars, equipment, or techniques are not permitted on property (choke or prong collars, e-collars, physical corrections, etc)

About Tania Costa and the Canine Wellness Centre

19 Waterman Ave, Toronto

Tania Costa began her rehabilitation career initially training in Canine Massage Therapy. It was during her massage therapy education that she began to think about combining her love for animals with the principles of physical therapy and other manual therapies.

She holds a Bachelor’s degree from Bishops University, Veterinary Technician training from Purdue University, Certified Canine Rehabilitation Practitioner (CCRP) through the University of Tennessee’s Veterinary Medicine program. She is also a Certified Animal Acupressure Practitioner (CAAP) through Tallgrass Animal Acupressure Institute.  Further continued studies in the area of Osteopathy and Cranial Sacral and Advanced Techniques in Physical Therapy gives Tania a full rounded experience in understanding gait mechanics, injury prevention and core conditioning for the growing competitive sport canine population.

Tania has been working with small animals for over 10 years.  During the past 5 years, she has become passionate about the recognition and treatment  prevention of injuries in athletic dogs.  As part of this understanding, she has been utilizing core strengthening programs for many of her clients to help prevent further injury.

Tania also speaks to various dog sport groups on a regular basis. She has been called in to evaluate movement and conformation at sheep herding and agility trials.  She has spoken at TPOC on several occasions on nutrition and injury prevention of therapy dogs.

Tania holds marketing chair office for the National Board Certification of Animal Acupressure and Massage (NBCAAM).  She was also on the Board of K9 RescueMe for 2 years and maintains a charity, Rehab for Rescues, to ensure proper rehabilitation is given to dogs in foster care.

She is the owner of Canine Wellness Centre, Ontario’s first centre for rehabilitation for small animals.  The centre provides rehabilitation with the use of an underwater treadmill as well various modalities to support dogs recovering from injury.

She is a contributor to Dogs Dogs Dogs, and Animal Wellness Magazine.  She has been featured in the Toronto Star on several occasions as well as other local papers.  You may have seen her also on City TV’s Animal Housecalls, and Global Television’s Making a difference with Susan Hay and the Steven and Chris Show on CBC.  More recently she was featured on a segment on the Pet Network, discussing weight loss and fitness for our canine companions.

Tania and her miniature Australian Shepard (Otis), Border Collie Puppy (Jake), and retired Border Collie (Roy), can be regularly found down at the bluffs playing ball along the beach or sheep herding.  Her previous dog, Coady, who passed away in January 2011, was the inspiration for providing a one-stop facility that can provide both injury prevention and rehabilitation.

Tania is always available for any questions you may have regarding your dogs fitness and/or injury.

Her love for animals has driven her to continuously strive to treat animals with rehabilitation techniques to a higher level. Her dedication has been a labor of love and will continue to be so.