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Canine Bowen Technique

A Gentle, Non-Invasive, and Effective Technique for Dogs

What is Canine Bowen Technique?

The Essence of Canine Bowen Technique

Canine Bowen Technique is a soft-tissue remedial technique that involves ‘light-touch’ moves over muscle, ligaments, and tendons at specific points of the dog’s body. This subtle work involves no hard or prolonged pressure, offering dogs a gentle, non-invasive, and effective hands-on approach. It aims to promote healing, pain relief, and body/energy rebalancing, enhancing the overall well-being of your canine companion.

Complementary Canine Holistic Care

Unlike traditional treatments, the Canine Bowen Technique is not a substitute for normal veterinary care but complements it. Practitioners of the Canine Bowen Technique focus on treating the whole dog as a holistic method, without targeting specific veterinary diagnosed diseases or conditions. This approach ensures a comprehensive treatment, considering the dog’s overall health and well-being.

Treating Beyond the Symptoms

The Canine Bowen Technique adheres to the principle of treating the entire body, not just the areas of pain or discomfort. For instance, a dog with rear leg lameness might shift its weight to alleviate pain, similar to how we favour one leg when the other is injured. Treatment, therefore, extends to other parts of the body, such as the back, neck, and front legs, addressing potential issues caused by overcompensation. This holistic treatment maximises the dog’s ability to regain natural balance.

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Important features of Canine Bowen Technique:

Working collaboratively with the vets in the best interest of the dog.

We do not diagnose.

We do not treat conditions.

We do not prescribe or alter medications.

Work to a strict code of conduct and professional ethics.

Treatment is never forced on the dog, by doing so, it could provoke the dog into a fearful or defensive reaction which can be counter-productive to maximising the effects of the treatment.

Listening to and working in partnership with the dog and their owners.

Creating a relationship of trust to maximise the effect of treatment.

Using a holistic approach to working with the dog.

Working collaboratively with the vets in the best interest of the dog.

We do not diagnose.

We do not treat conditions.

We do not prescribe or alter medications.

Work to a strict code of conduct and professional ethics.

Treatment is never forced on the dog, by doing so, it could provoke the dog into a fearful or defensive reaction which can be counter-productive to maximising the effects of the treatment.

Listening to and working in partnership with the dog and their owners.

Creating a relationship of trust to maximise the effect of treatment.

Using a holistic approach to working with the dog.

Canine Bowen Technique aims to promote and support dogs with problems in the following areas:

Acute injury
e.g sprains and strains.

Chronic conditions and degenerative disease, helping to improve the dog’s quality of life.

Re-homed or rescue dogs: relaxation of tension caused by earlier stress and trauma.

Pre and post operative surgery: assisting recovery times.

Fear-based anxiety such as fireworks and thunderstorms.

Canine Bowen Technique can also be used to good effect as a maintenance and a prevention technique, helping to keep the body in optimum balance for all dogs including those that are working dogs or dogs used for competitions in obedience, agility, flyball or trialling.

Common conditions which are often presented at Canine Bowen Technique sessions include:

Proactive Wellness and Healing: The Versatile Benefits of Canine Bowen Technique

Allergies and Skin conditions

Lameness and other Gait problems

Recurrent Ear problems

Sciatica

Hip and Elbow Dysplasia

Aggression and other Behavioural problems

Working or Competition dogs

Dogs that pull on the lead

Stress and Anxiety disorders

Arthritis, Muscular Sprains and Strains

Cystitis and Urinary disorders

Back problems

Allergies and Skin conditions

Lameness and other Gait problems

Recurrent Ear problems

Sciatica

Hip and Elbow Dysplasia

Aggression and other Behavioural problems

Working or Competition dogs

Dogs that pull on the lead

Stress and Anxiety disorders

Arthritis, Muscular Sprains and Strains

Cystitis and Urinary disorders

Back problems

Canine Bowen Technique may be very beneficial for dogs with veterinary diagnosed conditions such as joint dysplasia because the effects both locally and elsewhere in its body may help to improve its quality of life.

Canine Bowen Technique Pricing

All sessions are home visits within 15 miles of my address in Arncott OX25 1QH. All mileage is calculated via Google Maps.

Initial Canine Bowen session £60, this includes reviewing the Vet paperwork, the owner’s questionnaire and assessment / treatment of the dog.

All subsequent sessions are £50.

Canine Bowen for a second dog £25 in the same session (after the initial consultation appointment)

For distances over 15 miles, from my home address, pricing and travel expenses to be agreed at time of booking.

Interested in having a joint Bowen session with your dog?

I’ll need sufficient room for my therapy couch for the Bowen Technique for you and Canine Bowen Technique offered to your dog during the same visit.

Conditions will apply; access, sufficient room for couch and movement etc. This can be discussed at the initial session with your dog. One owner / one dog, reduced rate of £85.

Vet Consent

The Canine Bowen Technique is regarded as a manipulative therapy covered by the Veterinary Surgery (Exemptions) Order 2015 of the 1966 Veterinary Surgeons Act allowing non-veterinarians to work on an animal on referral or with consent from their Vet.

Treatment is therefore only available on veterinary referral or with veterinary consent.

You can either contact your veterinary practice or I’m happy to contact them for you. The form must be signed and stamped by your vet

Canine Bowen Technique Aftercare

I’ll give you some aftercare advice with regard to your dog, it’s as important as the hands on treatment. If the aftercare guidance is ignored, then the effect of the session could be wasted. For instance, after a Canine Bowen session, most dogs will probably feel tired and want to go off somewhere quiet and have a nap. Sleeping is great, as it’s the time when most of the body’s repair actions take place and the dog’s apparent tiredness shows it is accepting the Bowen work. So rather than the long walk on the beach or up and over hills and fields, a gentle walk to sniff and catch up on the ‘pee-mail’ is the perfect post treatment walk. This is to ensure; your dog doesn’t do too much and either aggravate the existing condition or potentially cause a new injury.

Canine Bowen Technique FAQs

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Do I need my vet’s permission?

Yes. The Canine Bowen Technique is regarded as a manipulative therapy covered by the Veterinary Surgery (Exemptions) Order 2015 of the 1966 Veterinary Surgeons Act allowing non-veterinarians to work on an animal on referral or with consent from their Vet. Treatment is therefore only available on veterinary referral or with veterinary consent.

Canine Bowen Technique is not a substitute for veterinary treatment and should be used in conjunction with conventional veterinary treatment. Practitioners do not diagnose conditions, nor do they prescribe or alter medication.

You can either contact your veterinary practice or I’m happy to contact them for you. The form must be signed and stamped by your vet. Please click here to download Veterinary Consent Form.

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Do I need to send any information before the session?

Yes, as well as the Vet Consent form, I’ll send you a consultation form for you to complete. We’ll review this information together and your dog can start to get to know me. The time we spend discussing your dog can be a great way of calming your dog before any treatment begins.

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How long will a session take?

An initial session will be approximately 60 to 90 minutes, follow up sessions will take around 60 minutes. The actual hands on part of the session will usually be no more than 20 minutes, your dog will be treated on the floor and will be free to move around and behave naturally throughout the session.

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My dog is nervous / excitable, can they still have treatment?

Yes! Sometimes on the first appointment, there will need to be time to allow your dog to accept and trust me. For very nervous dogs, most of the first session may well be spent solely on developing their trust and building a relationship with no hands on or very little Canine Bowen work done. However, after getting comfortable with me and Canine Bowen, most dogs will want more, and many will position themselves to indicate where they’d like the work.

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Will my dog be happy with the Canine Bowen touch?

As part of the session, I will gently assess your dog to make sure they’re happy with touch and to make sure the dog is comfortable and relaxed about the situation. This will also help to monitor changes that have taken place between treatments and gauge how the dog is progressing. If the dog is happy to proceed, I’ll start the session. This is done slowly and with gentle pressure, although it may not look like I’m doing much, the effects of the therapy are extremely powerful. Throughout the treatment, I will always be observing the dog’s reaction. An important part of Canine Bowen is recognising and respecting when the dog has indicated they have received what they need.

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Do you leave breaks like Bowen therapy for people?

As with human Bowen sessions, there will be short breaks determined either by the dog or by myself. Dogs are much more in tune with their bodies than humans and generally know when to “take a break”, and when to come back for more. Often, after just a few moves, they will wander off and just stare blankly into space or go somewhere for a short lie-down. During the short intervals, the dog will absorb the information given by the gentle moves, and allow fine adjustments to take place.

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Will I need to put on a lead and control my dog?

No, your dog will be treated on the floor and will be free to move around and behave naturally throughout the session. Canine Bowen is never forced on the dog; this will only serve to make the dog less receptive and will be counter-productive to the outcome.

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Is there any condition unsuitable for treatment?

No. Canine Bowen is a holistic treatment and treats the body as a whole. It promotes the dog’s own healing ability and can be safely used in conjunction with veterinary and other treatments.

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Is Canine Bowen treatment covered by my pet insurance?

You will need to check with your insurance company to find out if the Canine Bowen Technique is recognised by them, I can provide receipts to support your claim. All sessions must be paid for either before or immediately after each session.

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How many treatments will my dog need?

The average number of sessions required to obtain noticeable change is three sessions, with a follow up session approximately 4 weeks later, although further treatments may be required in some cases.

Following a typical session, the dog may experience reactions as its body continues to absorb the effects of the treatment. This healing process continues for about 7 days until the next session (ideally within 7 to 10 days).

Some owners find that regular/periodic ‘top up treatments’ are beneficial as a means of health maintenance and stress management for their dog.

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My dog is very old. Will this affect treatment?

Age is no barrier for Canine Bowen treatments.

Elderly dogs often have conditions such as arthritis, Canine Bowen can’t help with the arthritis but it may support the dog cope with the effects of arthritis.

If your dog is, for example, has arthritis in their back legs then you may find that other areas of the body will be treated and not just the effected legs. Working on different areas of the dog helps to address the causes and other possible imbalances, which may have built up as a result of the dog trying to compensate for the original problem.

It can also assist in improving general wellbeing and boosting energy levels

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How do I book an Appointment?

You can either call, text or WhatsApp on 07909 771940 or email beth@bowenforpaws.co.uk

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How do I pay?

Payment methods accepted are cash or contactless at the end of each session or by bank transfer by prior agreement.

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What will my dog feel during treatment?

Our human Bowen therapy clients have reported tingling, pins & needles, waves of heat and cold, deep relaxation and rejuvenation. After working with dogs, including my own dog, it appears that dogs may experience similar sensations, they often respond by looking at the area being treated, nibbling the skin, scratching, twitching muscles, and changing their breathing patterns.

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My dog is very nervous, I am worried that they won’t settle.

I know this can be a concern for owners. I take things slowly, letting your dog get to know me whilst we work through their information. I will always work at your dog’s pace and will never force treatment on your dog.

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My dog is touch sensitive and/or fidgety.

Canine Bowen is done with a few small moves with natural breaks which will be either given by me or by your dog so there is no need for your dog to stay still or to be constantly touched all over. It is important for your dog to be given the choice to move away when they need to. Also, as the moves are done at specific points, the effects can be felt in areas away from the move itself. Dogs who don’t like continuous touch, or who have areas of sensitivity (lower back, feet, ears etc) then Canine Bowen can be ideal.

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My dog is very excitable and jumps up. Will this be a problem?

No, it’s not a problem. I tend to sit on the floor with them and it’s important to let your dog behave naturally and that you don't need to “keep your dog under control”. I am more interested in your dog being able to be themselves during the treatment.

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If my dog doesn’t want the treatment, can I just hold them down?

No! The dog comes first and treatment is never forced on them. It would be unethical for me to attempt treatment under those circumstances, it would break any initial trust I have built with your dog. If your dog does not want the treatment, then Canine Bowen is not for them at this time.

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Will Canine Bowen interfere with work I am doing with a behaviourist?

Canine Bowen can work very well alongside any behavioural programme you may be following.

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Why are you not spending time treating my dog’s specific problem?

Canine Bowen is a holistic therapy, which means I treat your dog “as a whole”, not the condition or symptoms. If your dog is, for example, limping then you may find that other areas of the body will be treated and not just the affected leg. Working on different areas of the dog helps to address the causes and other possible imbalances, which may have built up as a result of the dog trying to compensate for the original problem.

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Can more than one dog be present in a treatment?

It would depend entirely on the dogs. If the treatment is at your home address, it can sometimes be beneficial to the dog receiving treatment to have a animal companion with them, it can promote calmness and confidence.

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My dog is having other complementary therapies, can they have Canine Bowen sessions at the same time?

Ideally your dog should receive no other physical therapy such as Laser therapy, physiotherapy, osteopathy, chiropractic, acupuncture, massage, McTimoney or TTouch within seven days of your dog’s first treatment or seven days after the last treatment. This is to ensure that the body is not overloaded with too much information, and it can be hard to tell which therapy is making a difference.

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What if I need to cancel an appointment?

If you need to cancel, please give me as much notice as possible.
Late cancellations with less than 24 hours notice may incur a cancellation fee. Cancellations once I have started to travel or if you are not home on arrival, a full treatment cancellation fee of the full amount will be payable.

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Where did the therapy come from?

Canine Bowen Technique is based on the principles of the Bowen Technique, a successful human therapy named after its developer, Tom Bowen which was developed in Australia during the 1950’s, and brought to the UK in the early 1990’s. Its adaptation in the UK for use on dogs was started in 2001 by Bowen therapists and dog trainers/behaviourists Sally and Ron Askew, who started on their own dogs, and then, with the cooperation and support of their local vets, integrated their findings into their canine behavioural and rehabilitation work with great success.

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What our customers say

I couldn’t recommend Beth enough. She’s calm and gentle and took her time with Willow. She’s so knowledgeable and explains the process well, being a first time puppy mam she has answered lots of questions or concerns I’ve had and pointed me in the right direction for further advice and support. Willow has had 3 sessions initially and she’s like a different puppy.

I love this treatment, I believe it’s such an important treatment to support their growing bodies and can’t wait to bring her back for more. Thank you Beth ❤️

Beth is amazing, she has been treating my Yorkshire terrier, Mercedes for the past 3 weeks. She injured her leg 8 weeks ago and after having Beth work on myself, I know that Bowen works so knew it would be a great thing for Mercedes to have done. The first week after treatment Mercedes wasn’t limping at all, although she wasn’t weight bearing all of her weight on her paw she wasn’t hobbling around like she was previously. Fast forward to the third week and she has been putting the full weight on her paw, not all of the time yet but it’s been a vast improvement. Mercedes totally comfortable with Beth and trusts her completely. She never does anything Mercedes isn’t comfortable with her doing and doesn’t force her into anything. Thank you Beth!

Beth gave Bowen therapy to our girl who had had a cruciate ligament operation & also has hip problems. The treatment was beneficial to Belle & so gentle but effective. I would recommend Beth for treatment of your furry family.