I know some folk don't get what I do, but dog's do!
I don't really go by the book as such, but then neither do dogs. I don't mind if your dog doesn't go into a deep sleep, laid in perfect lateral recumbence. I'll adapt my methods to how your dog is comfortable, sitting, standing, sphinx like, even getting up and moving around, all this can tell me something.
I don't dive straight into completing a session of various techniques with your dog in a placed position of my choosing. I may not work directing where your dog has injured themselves which may be a little frustrating when you are paying money to 'fix' your dog. The reason being, if working directly where your dog is injured causes pain or discomfort then the chances are he will tense up, learn to distrust me, and it can slow down the healing process. I aim to make a dog feel as comfortable as possible, physically and mentally, looking to build and maintain trust throughout.
Don't get me wrong, I am clinically trained in proven techniques and continue to learn different methods to enhance my toolbox.
When assessing, I may find different thing to your vet, but this is due to approach as much as anything.
I also don't diagnose, besides not being allowed to, I don't have a diagnostic toolbox, like x ray, ultra sound or MRI. I don't look to instigate a pain response to find out where your dog is hurting but instead look for lack of flow, pulls and tensions for example.
I can't unfortunately offer a magic pill that some of us seek, and frustrating for me to, I cannot promise anything. The response to treatment is very individual and is based on the dog's response, age, issues, diet, exercise, environment and you!
My first priority is your dog's comfort and trust. This can happen quickly or can take time. In most cases I can reduce discomfort in your dog in the first session.
Although I don't work 'clinically' (some dog's think Im running a cafe!!) I can provide a written report for your vet if required. I find most people though, are happy that their dog enjoyed the session and is hurting less.
If I haven't come across an issue before I will be open and honest, but will also do additional research for the best options to help your dog and work along other therapies if need be. I am quite happy to admit I am still learning every day, from each dog I meet.
My focus is to work with natural therapies as much as possible. I have helped a number of dogs that would have otherwise needed surgery, or regular medical intervention.
In today's fast pace society, the need for convenience, everything to be done yesterday, the drive for that magic pill, unfortunately healing doesn't play by those rules, and neither does good health.
Those principles are not for me and it certainly isn't the choice of our dogs, even the super hyped ones!!
Times are changing though, as more people reach out to alternative methods to support themselves and their dogs.
I get that my perhaps unorthodox methods may not suit all. But if you get where this post is coming from then between us, I believe we can help your dog live a happier more comfortable, healthy life.
I have been around dogs all my life. My life changed when I decided to turn a passion for dogs into a career. I have never looked back except to see what the past has taught me.