Our story and who we are

Canine Physical Conditioning and Massage Therapy

I am a Galen qualified canine myotherapist and exercise physiologist. I have two ‘second hand’ black Labradors, Tilda and Gemma.

During my younger years in Finland, I spent all my time at the stables with Henley the Golden Retriever. My passion was showjumping and most weekends were taken up by competing in events for several years. Many years later and living in the south of England, I knew I wanted to work with dogs and trained with the Galen Therapy Centre for a diploma in myotherapy.

After qualifying in 2010, I now divide my time between working with veterinary surgeon Stephanie Goode BVetMed MRCVS at VetHab in Welling, The Cape Veterinary Clinic in Guildford and The Balanced Dog.

In my free time I enjoy doing agility with Tilda who, despite me, has managed to get us into grade four and trying to manage the jungle that is my garden!

I trained with my dogs in many different disciplines from heel work to music to hunt point and retrieve work but not until competing in agility did I really understand the physical pressure handlers put on their dogs to succeed. With previous knowledge of human sports massage and recognising how this could help many dogs I enrolled with the Galen Therapy Centre to study for their canine massage diploma. Whilst studying, I worked at Sandhills Training Centre with a wide age range and ability of dogs.

Here I started to use cavaletti [pole work] and tables in my classes, admittedly at first just for the interest of handlers and dogs but it soon became clear that the dogs were concentrating more and their coordination was improved. Having gained the diploma, I was invited to work as a licensed Galen myotherapist which I did for four years, during which time I studied and gained the Galen Exercise Physiology diploma.

Along with my work through The Balanced Dog, I do a weekly myotherapy and exercise session at the Raystede Animal Welfare kennels, run puppy socialisation classes and Keep Fit classes for all ages of dogs, which include circuit training followed by activities such as scent work. Visit www.dogsintune.co.uk for further information.