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Complementary Therapies


Aloe Vera the Wonder Worker: Tammy's Story
Many people will remember Tammy, the German Shorthaired Pointer, who delighted everyone at Olympia with her natural energy and exuberance on the agility course. Then everything went wrong. Tammy was at death's door. Here her owner, Ann Parker tells, in her own words, how she treated Tammy.

Alternative First Aid
What do you keep in the house for minor doggy health problems? A few carefully chosen alternative remedy basics along with bandages etc. in your first aid kit could save you an expensive and unnecessary trip to a vet. Frances Gavin of Canine Natural Cures explains. (24/05/00)
Animal Communication
You don't have to be Dr. Doolittle to be able to talk to your dogs. Julia Meads, an accomplished animal behaviourist and Reiki practitioner, explains how to improve your partnership with your dog and improve your agility performance at the same time. (11/01/07)
Bach Flower Remedies
Restoring natural balance and well being in dogs as well as people.
Chiropractic: An Art & Science
Like people, animals suffer from back, neck, pelvic and musculoskeletal problems, and like us, they can benefit from chiropractic manipulation. Tony Gilmore, Animal PRO for the McTimoney Chiropractic Association explains. (31/7/99)
New Zealand Greenshell Mussel is from the pristine waters of the South Islandof New Zealand. Green-lipped Mussel
Green-lipped mussel - said to be able to help protect areas prone to injury, and, at the same time, guard against the normal wear and tear of the ageing process - is now available for agility dogs.
Grizzly Salmon Oil
Sara Lloyd discovered the benefit of Omega 3 fatty acids in fish oils after her Miniature Schnauzer Henry had been diagnosed with cancer. Now she feeds it to all her dogs.
Herbal Medicine in a Modern Vet Practice
Many more veterinary surgeons now refer animals with chronic conditions for treatment with herbal medicines and although the results achieved are often slower than with stronger drugs, they are effective, rarely cause adverse reactions or show any recorded long term side-effects. Perhaps it is time that the veterinary profession considered becoming more knowledgeable about botanic medicines and use them in practice where appropriate? Mary Boughton of Dorwest Herbs explains
Tarragon, Dill, Basil Herbs for Health
The subject of herbal medicine, particularly that used for animals, is a very complex one. Mary Boughton of Dorwest Herbs describes how some everyday garden herbs may be helpful to you in treating your dogs naturally. (07/11/03)
Hydrotherapy: In the Swim
In any action sport, whether it involves humans or animals, it is a well-known fact that the fitter the participants are the less likely it is for injuries to occur. However, due to the foot and mouth crisis, many agility dogs are losing their fitness from lack of off-lead running, regular training and competitions. This will result in both dogs and humans sustaining pulled muscles and other injuries when we can finally return to training/competing. With this in mind, Sally Hopkins recommends a dip in the pool. (15/04/01)
Joint Aid
GWF Nutrition Managing Director Stephen Tucker answers three of the most commonly asked questions on taking care of your dog's joints.
Lady Dog Whisperer
Is your dog in balance on an emotional and soul level as well as a physical one? Do you really understand your dog? asks Julia Meads, the Lady Dog Whisperer and Animal Communicator. Are you listening?
Loud Bangs
All dogs will find loud bangs and other noises disturbing unless they are used to hearing them in their day-to-day environment. Roly Boughton of Dorwest Herbs suggest Skullcap & Valaerian to calm and relax your dog in times of trouble including-fireworks, gunshots and other loud noises. (27/02/2017)
McTimoney Animal Therapy
Jo Bird's Murphy has had more than his fair share of health problems, which is why Anna Rowland thought using him for a case study would make for interesting reading especially for agility handlers! (27/02/2017)

Osteopathy: Put the Joy Back into Jumping
Most dogs naturally enjoy agility, and when they feel restricted or unwell, they may not perform at their best. Prompt of assessment of an injury following a tumble can save a great deal of pain for both the dog and its owner, and regular check-ups for recent or longstanding problems can avoid lameness, arthritis and back problems. Animal osteopath Julie Vaughan explains what to do when rest and painkillers are not enough. (10/4/00)
Osteopathy - What to Expect
Agility dogs are particularly susceptible to work related injuries or muscular imbalances due to training. Claire Short, an osteopath with a special interest in agility dogs, explains the benefits of this form of treatment. (18/07/06)
The philosophy behind the basis of herbal medicine.
Reiki for Dogs
How hands on healing is helping Jill Gibson's Great Dane Blake and why it could be helping your agility dog.
Shiatsu for Agility Handlers & Dogs
Learn about Shiatsu and help improve the connection between you and your dog. Jean Davidson treats agility handlers and dogs at shows around the East of Scotland
Smart Clinic
Many agility handlers might have wondered about the benefits of seeking professional advice on a competition dog that didn't seem to have any perceivable problems but Gemma Osmond felt that something - she didn't know what -was wrong. So Gemma took her dogs to the Smart Clinic

Sports Bras
Selaine Messem of LessBounce explains why
running without a sports bra could be doing great damage to your bust. And all that jiggling is probably not doing your agility much good either. (09/04/07)
Sports Massage
When was the last time you had your dog checked over by a massage therapist, chiropractor, osteopath or other? And now, when was the last time YOU were treated or checked over? Tamzin Grimes is now offering a sports massage service for agility handlers at shows.
Tellington TTouch for Agility
TTouch is a forward thinking approach to training, handling and rehabilitation for all animals. Toni Shelbourne, one of the UK's top practitioners, explains how it can help agility dogs.  (07/07/08)

TTouch for Agility
Touch your way to success with TTouch, a method of working with animals to calm, focus and aid recovery. Jeanette Atkinson, TTouch Companion Animal Practitioner and agility instructor explains why TTouch and agility make such great partners. (25/02/02)
Vet Physio for the Agility Dog
Chartered Physiotherapist Barbara Houlding sent us this case study of Nicola Vince's first agility dog, Jess.
Warm Up & Cool Down
Agility dogs are often confined in the car or crate, and may go straight into the ringwith little or no advanced preparation. This inevitably increases the risk of injury and also prevents dogs from performing at their best. Animal therapist Liz Harris explains how you can prepare your dog for agility work and how to tell if your dog needs to see a therapist.
Warming Up for Agility
Paula Kingswood found Canine Massage & Stretching while surfing the Net, hoping to find a way to prevent the same injury problems her terrier incurred last year. She reports on the results which were not what she expected but were nevertheless welcome. (16/05/05)