Category Archives: well dogs
Help to make every day as good a day as possible
We all have our good days and our bad days – sometimes that’s due to work, or the weather or our aches and pains. Most dogs don’t really know about going to work – unless it is which bed or … Continue reading
No reason…just because
Most therapists – canine and human – have a list of conditions on their webpage of issues which they believe would benefit from manual therapy. Classics things you’ll find listed include: slowing down, unsteady gait, limping, difficulty getting up, arthritis … Continue reading
Mixing and matching therapies
A successful competing athlete will almost certainly have a team of therapists behind them – physio, massage, laser etc – and probably will train in a variety of ways. This will ensure their whole body is fit and primed and … Continue reading
Is age important when deciding to start canine physical therapy?
Some people suggest that massage is only beneficial for senior dogs or canine athletes. The workshops Cathie and I designed recently, focussed on ways that manual therapy, exercises and knowledge can help influence the way that development progresses – from … Continue reading
“Getting it right from the start”
Following on from the Senior Dog Massage & Health Day, Cathie & I are delivering the second in our series of practical canine workshops at the end of this month. This one focusses on the younger dog and how to … Continue reading
Bob’s story of his first canine massage session
Sometimes a new dog comes along and the therapy session follows the textbook. In fact, I think Bob wrote the textbook. Bob is a young Collie with occasional rear leg issues. He is part of Sarah’s group of dog friends … Continue reading
This is why we do what we do…..
“Dear Les and Chris, our parents were impressed with how quiet we were when you came in to our house. Normally we have to warn them of strangers but we knew that we didn’t need to worry about you both. … Continue reading
Two IAAT CPD accredited & promoted workshops for 2018 “Supporting your dog to reach their full potential through every stage of their life”
Cathie Forbes (Southdowns Canine Massage) and Dr Les Ellam (AchyPaw Canine Physical Therapy) have combined their knowledge to design a series of workshops which have been accredited and promoted by the IAAT (International Association of Animal Therapists). We are both … Continue reading
Autism in dogs – Helping with multi-modal therapy
Sometimes it is about using ALL our experience when helping a dog, particularly autistic dogs. We had a call from a carer who came along to our training session with Sussex Pet Rescue enquiring if massage therapy could help with … Continue reading
Canine Partners – working with the charity
We were invited by Canine Partners to deliver a special canine massage workshop with the specific aim of promoting relaxation. The UK charity train assistance dogs to meet the needs of individuals with physical disabilities. Their dogs will need some … Continue reading
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