The average price of a dog massage can reach more than $400,000, according to the most recent data compiled by the American Academy of Podiatric and Head and Neck Surgery.
That’s about twice the price of an expensive orthopedic surgery.
And the average cost of a foot massage is about $100,000.
A pet massage therapist who uses a computerized system to record and analyze videos of clients’ feet can earn more than the average chiropractor.
And some dog owners can earn thousands of dollars per session, according a study by the National Association of Dog Trainers.
The data shows that the average owner of a golden retriever can earn about $3,000 a session, said Paul Breen, a pet massage and pedicure therapist at the Animal Care Institute, a nonprofit animal welfare organization.
Breen said that the industry has been growing for a few years, and that pet owners have become more aware of the benefits of pet foot and foot massage therapy.
“The data is really telling that people are starting to realize the value of it,” he said.
The average massage session is usually for about 20 minutes, according the Pet Therapist Association of America.
For a small pet, a massage session might be as short as five minutes, or even less, depending on the length of the client’s feet.
And if you have a large dog or a smaller dog, you might get a massage twice a day, Breen added.
Pet therapists are paid based on the amount of work they do.
They may be paid on the number of clients they get, and the amount they get per session.
If a massage therapist does a lot of work for a pet, he or she may earn more money.
“It’s not like a chiropractor, where they are a very well paid person,” Breen explained.
“You are paying the same amount of money.
A dog massage therapist is getting paid on a lot less.
A lot of the time, they are getting paid less for the same work.”
Pet therapists aren’t necessarily better than the rest of us at getting a massage, according Breen.
“If you do the research, you can see that some people are getting a better massage because they are older and have a different background,” he added.
“They have a little more money and a little less training.”
It can be hard to find a massage therapy that works for you.
“Most massage therapists don’t really have a lot to offer,” said John Mancini, owner of The Dog Salon in San Diego, California.
“I don’t know that I would call it an art form.
There are things that they do that I’m not really into.”
You may have to go through a training program to get the most out of your pet’s massage.
Some pet therapists do work with a specific clientele, but other people may be trained to work with other types of clients, such as people with disabilities, according Mancina.
Mancino said he started doing his massage therapy on dogs because he had one and felt that the dog was a perfect companion.
“He’s my baby and I love him,” Mancinis said.
“This is a therapy for my dogs.”
The most common type of dog massage therapy is a spinal massage.
“We do a lot more than just a spinal massage.
It’s about getting in the body and taking care of the spine,” said Dr. Lisa Glynn, a physical therapist at West Palm Beach-based Loma Linda University Health System.
A spinal massage is done by pulling on the dog’s shoulders and neck, pulling on his spine and neck.
It can involve the fingers, hands and toes.
“To really really do this you need a lot,” Glynn said.
And it takes a lot out of a person.
“As soon as they walk into your office, they know you are going to treat them as though they are sick, which is the opposite of what a massage is supposed to be,” she added.
A massage therapist may also help a dog learn the techniques for a massage that he or her has been learning from a trained therapist, such a a massage board.
And there are certain things that a therapist must know to do a good job, such what exercises the dog should do, when the dog needs a massage and when to stop the massage, said Breen of the Animal CARE Institute.
“There is not a lot you can learn about your dog by talking to them,” he explained.
If your pet doesn’t like the massage that you are offering, you may need to find someone who does.
“Sometimes, people just don’t want to be told what to do,” Bernstein said.
You may also want to get help from a pet therapist to make sure your pet is enjoying the massage.
The American Academy in 2012 adopted guidelines that called for “all therapists to include a veterinarian in every session.” In a 2013