What you'll learn
- How to massage their own dog.
- Its aimed at puppies as they can start young, but its great for any age dog.
- Learn how to set the environment for ideal relaxation
- Learn different massage techniques for the full body massage, including gum massage
- Learn when to use massage to encourage desired behaviours and discourage anxiety
- This course is jargon free so its easy to follow. Its aimed at owner massage for their own pets, so its a great introduction to canine massage. This offers no formal qualification to massage other peoples dogs.
- You will need your own dog to do the massage on. No dog must be forced at any point.
Dogs love massage and find it relaxing. Massage has many benefits to the body. This course is designed to help owners learn how to confidently deliver safe massage all over the dog, including areas like the gums.
Its great to start massage on a puppy as it will have life long benefits and get both owner and puppy used to the process and used to being handled all over, making trips to the vet a happier experience.
Its also great for any age dog. The benefits of massage are universal, and it will help any owner to know how to massage.
This is a great teaching aid if your a dogs therapist. If you ever give some home massage to an owner to do as part of their rehabilitation plan, this will help them learn it in s safe, step by step method. This could range from after surgery or if they have arthritis. Your dogs therapists would build and lead the plan and guide you through what is needed.
These lessons were planned and delivered by Donna wills, animal physiotherapist and registered veterinary nurse. Donna Set up her company, Animal Physiotherapy Ltd in 2005. She has been a highly successful animal physio and was even the physio for the pet spa in Harrods delivering high end luxury massage and rehabilitation. This was due to her success with all her clinics in the South of the UK based in veterinary clinics and hospitals.
Originally this lesson was delivered as a DVD to view and was given a 5 star review from president of the British Veterinary Nursing Association and Editor of Dogs today Magazine. T.V Vet Paul Manktelow MRCVS also put his face on the front and gave a quote below as he also encourages owners to learn massage.
"Donna explains each technique very clearly and shows how spending time with your puppy performing massage can be therapeutic to both dog and owner alike. These techniques will greatly improve the overall well being of your puppy" Samantha Morgan, BVNA president
"Learning to massage your puppy helps create a strong loving bond and encourages confidence when being handled by you, your vet, therapist or groomer" TV Vet Paul Manktelow MRCVS, Director of Vital Pet Health
"If only every puppy could grow up knowing a humans touch. Donna Teaches you how to get even closer to your best friend than ever before" Beverly Cuddy, Dogs Today Editor
Who this course is for:
- Dog owners
Donna Wills PGC A Phys, RVN, MIRVAPT (VP). Member of IAAT, and BVNA - Founder of Animal Physiotherapy Ltd. Registered with the RCVS
Donna Wills, an animal physiotherapist, who passed her post-graduate qualification in animal physiotherapy with distinction in 2005. Prior to this she qualified as a veterinary nurse. Donna is registered with the RCVS (royal collage of veterinary surgeons). Donna offers physiotherapy to all animals in need of the therapeutic touch.
Her nursing work also included specialising in emergency and critical care nursing for a time. Donna has worked in this profession for many years and is a member of BVNA (British veterinary nursing association).
Donna has a life time experience in working with many species including domestic pets, equine and farm animals. She has also cared for many exotic and zoo animals. Most recently she spent a week furthering her ability and treating Elephants in Thailand.
As part of her training in physiotherapy Donna had to write a dissertation. For this she did an extensive study into the effect of pulsed electromagnetic field therapy (PEMF) in the canine suffering with osteoarthritis. This study did help to prove its effectiveness. She was delighted to find that treatment using this new technique had a significant positive effect on animals suffering with osteoarthritis. She also achieved a distinction for this study!
Donna is now an accredited practical trainer and mentor for new animal physiotherapists. She has also done many lectures in this field.
Member of the International Association of Animal Therapists
Member of The British Veterinary Nursing Association
Registered with the Royal Collage of veterinary surgeons (RCVS)
Member of the Institute of Registered Veterinary and Animal Physiotherapists (IRVAPT)
Donna has been the driving force for the company and has done large amounts in promoting the effects of physiotherapy to the general public and veterinary professionals alike. She has covered large areas of the south of the UK, but has down sized to make space for family life. Donna was even head hunted to provide the service for Harrods, London when they had the pet spa there.
At the pet spa at Harrods, Donna delivered both physio therapy and luxury massage, refining her skill in massage and calming.
Donna has grown in the profession to become a known name, and even has her own DVD now. She is well established and many vets rely on her for their patients physiotherapy needs.
Donna Wills has lectured at the following establishments:
Multiple veterinary practices
BVNA regional meeting
Improve international in the UK and in Denmark
Excel, London - Rehabilitation congress
Dog owner education Show
Training collage of Animal Physiotherapy
Donna Has also written multiple professional articles for several publications including:
Veterinary nursing times several times
Veterinary nursing Journal
Animal Therapy Magazine
More famously you may have seen her on the T.V. as she has appeared on Ch4 Sunday brunch and Crufts extra, ITV Allan Titchmarsh Show and daybreak. She has also been featured on BBC London radio 3 times. There has been multiple publication globally, that have featured her work in this industry.
Donna is now also a Mentor for the Online pet health Mentorship program and has 5 mentees.