I so approve of this - we are considering running some special extra courses in it for our students in the future as we have a qualified person available... who also does homeopathy.
"Massage is not a substitute for good veterinary care, but can be worked alongside vets to treat old dogs, injured dogs and puppies or high-energy dogs. Massage increases circulation, gives them exercise without stressing their joints. Some dogs get so relaxed they fall asleep – that's the ultimate compliment."
Massage is very different from just stroking.. and not only is it therapeutic, but the dogs love it!
Can't blame them - people do too :)