Re-Homed & Rescue Dogs

Usually when you rescue or re-home a dog, a full background history is not always available, especially if the dog was found abandoned or is a street dog from another country. At best, there may be some limited information, but there is no certainty as to what physical or psychological trauma your dog may have received during his or her life. Given their past, your rescue dog may have one or more behavioural issues, including anxiety and aggression. These issues may be the result of poor social development, negative experiences, un-diagnosed conditions, chronic pain, or a combination of reasons.​

Often a dog's physical health can be overlooked when assessing behavioural problems, but underlying conditions, old injuries or poor physical development can lead to chronic pain, which is known to bring about certain behavioural issues. ​In instances where there is an underlying medical condition or chronic pain, Myotherapy can help reduce the problematic behaviour. Occasionally, if the issue has arisen due to chronic pain and been displayed for a long time, Myotherapy treatments and behavioural training may be required due to the behaviour becoming ingrained in to their normal behavioural patterns. 

Learn out more about behaviour and pain here or read this blog article on how to identify chronic pain.

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How Myotherapy Helps

During the initial consultation and treatment session, a visual and physical assessment of your dog will be performed, observing their character and behaviour patterns as well as their physical condition and gait. This provides a deeper understanding of the potential origin of problem behaviours. This knowledge can be used to provide individualised Myotherapy treatments to manage underlying issues and to alleviate any associated pain. Alternatively, treatments can be used to help reduce stress and anxiety in dogs through the choice-led and calming nature of Myotherapy treatments.

Through treatments, you will also be taught how to perform two massage techniques (if appropriate), which are relaxing for dogs so that you can continue to provide them with relaxing treatments. Additionally you will be provided with various activities and exercises beneficial to your dog's musculoskeletal health and mental wellbeing. These activities are also great for building a bond with your dog and keeping them active and entertained.

Benefits of Massage

  • Psychological Effects

    • Stimulates the release of endorphins that help calm the nervous system and boosts your dog's mood, which allows them to feel more relaxed and less stressed

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

    • Kind and gentle touch through respectful/choice-led Myotherapy treatments provides positive experiences for your dog and can aid a change in their perception of contact from people

  • Physical Effects

    • Alleviates issues within the musculoskeletal system, which can reduce pain and lower your dog's stress levels, making them less anxious or snappy

    • Improves musculoskeletal health, which can reduce deterioration of certain medical conditions and helps maintain a good quality of life for your dog

    • Reduces muscle tension and encourages appropriate movement patterns to promote better flexibility and a more mobile life in order to improve your dog's mental and physical wellbeing

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