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 shortly afterwards I was referred back to my vet where x rays showed she had Spondylosis.
Seeing the benefits for Poppy, I attended a beginners workshop followed by an advanced one, before commencing two years of training with the Canine Massage Therapy Centre, involving 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 CPD each year to ensure my knowledge stays current.
I also have a keen interest in training. With my own dogs I’ve competed in agility, and rally obedience and since retiring my youngest dog Finn from agility I've discovered scentwork and hoopers. I’m a Level one Scentwork UK trainer and an accredited Canine Hoopers UK trainer. I work with Paws4teaching, owned by Jo Williams, to run training classes and workshops. I also assist with the beginners agility class at Paws on the Levels, where I've been attending classes with my own dogs for several years.