I’m Anna Willitt and I live on the Somerset Levels, just outside Taunton, with my three dogs Poppy, Fly and Finn.
I first began working with animals in 2010 as the manager of an animal rescue centre, but realised my passion lay in working directly with dogs.
My interest in canine massage started when Poppy had a free muscular health check with a Canine Massage Guild member at an agility show which found a number of areas of discomfort. After three treatments I couldn’t believe the difference in her performance and general movement. And when she deteriorated much quicker than expected I was referred back to my vet where x rays showed she had Spondylosis.
Seeing the benefits for Poppy I attended the beginners and then advanced guide to canine massage workshops run by Natalie Lenton of the Canine Massage Therapy Centre, before commencing the full two year course. The training involved over 800 hours of study with a mixture of written assignments, practical study weekends, an externship of 10 dogs, and final exams. I am now a proud member of the professional association, the Canine Massage Guild, and complete a minimum of 25 hours of CPD each year to ensure my knowledge stays current.
I also have a keen interest in training. I’ve competed in both agility and hoopers with both Poppy and Finn. I’m a full member of the APDT, an accredited Canine Hoopers UK trainer and a judge, and a Level Two Scentwork UK trainer. I assist with the beginners agility class at Paws on the Levels. I also train Hoopers beginners and competition level for Paws4teaching and am available to teach regular classes or one off workshops for other training clubs. If you’re interested in trying hoopers or booking a workshop for your club please get in touch.