Behavioural & Training Issues

If you are experiencing issues with training your dog or if your dog has behavioural issues, this could be due to an underlying medical condition or chronic pain. Chronic pain has the ability to drastically affect a dog's behaviour and it can prevent a dog's ability to learn or respond well to training/behavioural modification (more on pain's effect on behaviour here). Usually, the presence of both physical and behavioural changes indicate an increased liklihood of an underlying condition causing the behavioural issue. ​However, sometimes chronic pain may not be a contributing factor and therefore it should be noted that just because your dog is displaying one or more indicators that it does not necessarily mean that they have an underlying issue. To find out if your dog's behaviours could be indicators of chronic pain click here.

Aggressive Dog

If you believe that your dog has an underlying medical condition or is suffering from chronic pain, you should contact your vet. However, if you are unsure and would like a free online comfort assessment, please get in contact and I can provide you with a 'Suspicion of Chronic Pain Report' that you may find useful when talking to your vet. To create the report, I will require some information about your dog alongside a few photos and videos.

*PLEASE NOTE* - Behaviour is a very complex subject and it may be possible that your dog's behavioural issues are simply due to psychological and/or environmental problems. If this is the case and underlying pain/medical conditions have been ruled out, the best course of action is to discuss and implement Behavioural Modification Training.

How Myotherapy Helps

Myotherapy can be beneficial in the treatment of behavioural issues, particularly if chronic pain is a contributing factor in the problem behaviour. By alleviating chronic pain, promoting relaxation, reducing stress hormones and increasing endorphins, Myotherapy can help reduce undesirable behaviours.

Before your dog's first treatment, an online comfort assessment will be carried out to identify any physical issues that may be causing behaviour problems and then during their initial consultation and treatment, a further visual and physical assessment, examining their behaviour patterns, physical condition and gait, will occur. These assessments allow for an individualised treatment plan to be created, considering any behaviour or training requirements that can help with your dog's behaviour. Myotherapy treatments can be used to treat physical conditions that may be casuing behavioural issues, however if there are no medical conditions, treatments can be adapted to reduce stress and anxiety in dogs.

Through treatments, you will also be taught how to perform two relaxing massage techniques (if appropriate) that can be beneficial for aiding improvements in both their physical and mental health. You will also be provided with various activities and exercises that can be help you buld a stronger bond with your dog and boost their confidence.

Benefits of Massage

  • Psychological Effects

    • Calms the nervous system and mind due to the realse of endorphins, which reduce stress and promote relaxation

    • Endorphins also reduce pain perception, allowing your dog to feel less anxious about being approached or touched by people and other dogs

    • Myotherapy treatments are choice-led, giving your dog automony, which provides a positive experience of contact from people

  • Physical Effects

    • If an issue within the musculoskeletal system or chronic pain is a contributing factor to your dog's behavioural issues, Myotherapy treatments alleviate these issues, reduce pain and lower your dog's stress levels, making them less anxious or snappy

    • Improves your dog's overall physical wellbeing by reduceing muscle tension, encouraging appropriate movement patterns and promoting flexibility, allowing for a more mobile life and opportunities to have positive experiences

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Find out more about the benefits here or contact me to discuss your dog's situation.