Getting to know your dog and developing a trusting relationship.
Clear communication and positive reinforcement are important.
The consultation generally lasts between 30 and 45 minutes.
During that time, I will observe how comfortable the dog is while sitting, standing, walking and lying. I will look for any unusual behaviors in their gait, rhythm or personality.
I perform a series of assessment strokes. My hands move over the entire dog’s body to observe and feel responses to different pressures and movements.
There are different assessment strokes used over the 6 pathways of the body.
Head and Neck: Frictioning, Skin Rolling
Trunk and Ribs: Cross Skin Rolling and Scratching
Legs and Paws: Joint Mobilization, Positional Release, Toe Stretch
Tail and Lower Spine: Compression on Tail, Rocking the Spine
It really depends on where a dog is most comfortable.
Location is best determined by the size of your dog, its behavior and the intent of the therapy session.
Since I generally work in client’s homes, it is important to consider the surroundings there: room size, distractions and other sensory input.
Physically, Canine~Touch LLC helps to relieve pain, dysfunction, soreness and stiffness, increasing range of motion and balance.
Emotionally, once a trusting relationship is developed between a practitioner, the dog and its owner, Canine~Touch helps to build confidence, reduce stress, and discomfort.
The end result is improved mental stimulation and increased range of emotion.
From a wellness perspective, every dog can benefit from Canine~Touch. However, every case is individualized depending on the dog’s health condition.
A dog with mobility issues with joints and/or arthritis, or a dog with anxiety issues may benefit from once a week; a show dog or service dog that is moving a lot may benefit from 1-2 times a month.
Canine~Touch LLC works in harmony with standard veterinary care.
As a Canine Massage Practitioner, I am not able to diagnose any illness or injury. If I suspect your dog is suffering a health issue, I will recommend you contact your Vet.
A 30-minute session is $45.00. This is most beneficial for smaller breeds, dogs with anxiety and second sessions depending on size and physical need.
A 60-minute session is $90.00 and most beneficial for larger dogs, geriatric dogs and dogs with orthopedic issues. There are always special promotions running throughout the year.
When a new client is referred and books an appointment, you will receive $5.00 off your next session.