Myotherapy for Re-homed Dogs

Often when you rescue or re-home a dog, a full background history for them is not always available, which is especially true 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 cause the development of certain behavioural issues. 

In instances where there is an underlying medical condition or chronic pain, Myotherapy can be used to 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. On the other hand, sometimes your dog may only require a behavioural modification programme if it is determined that chronic pain or medical conditions are not underlying causes of the problem behaviours.

How Can Myotherapy Help?

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

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

Benefits of Massage

  • Psychological Effects

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

    • Endorphins can 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 change 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 the 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

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

Helping Dog Rescues

I respect the work of rescue and rehoming centres and where possible offer Myotherapy services to help local rescues. If you are involved with a rescue centre that have dogs that could benefit from Myotherapy, please get in touch.

Cloud K9 Rescue

Cloud K9 Rescue is a North Yorkshire based charity that saves the lives of Romanian dogs through donations and adoptions. I started working with Cloud K9 in July 2021, offering advice and Myotherapy treatments to dogs in their care and soon after became a first time Foster Carer to a wonderful five month old pup named Harry. I hope to continue working with Cloud K9 in the role of a Myotherapist and Foster Carer for many years to come.

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