I’m often asked why people should employ a professional dog massage therapist.
In the 10 years I’ve been in professional practice, these are always the top reasons:
Care for an older dog
The dog whose been the love of your life is slowing down, possibly with a diagnosis of arthritis and medication from the vet. This is often when I get the call…
A change in behaviour
The dog is doing something it hasn’t before; the family doesn’t know why. And possibly they’ve been to the vet about it or possibly they haven’t. We always need to rule out a physical reason for the behaviour and once I’ve seen the dog for myself, I often give the owners a list of questions to ask the vet.
General health & wellbeing
I love these enquiries! They are from owners who tell me that “there’s nothing wrong with their dog” and they want to keep it that way. Can I come and have a look and work on a fitness programme for them? My answer is always yes!
Recovery from injuries and/or surgery
A dog on crate rest or restricted exercise gets all jammed up. And many will need an exercise and rehab program. My rehab programs always include ideas for mental stimulation and enrichment – key concepts behind my Fear Free practice.
Kathleen Crisley, Fear-Free certified professional and specialist in dog massage, rehabilitation and nutrition/food therapy, The Balanced Dog, Christchurch, New Zealand