Canine Bowen Therapy

Canine Bowen Therapy treatment

The Canine Bowen Technique is based on the principles of the Bowen Technique developed by Tom Bowen (1916 – 1982). Its adaption in the UK for use on dogs was started in 2001 by Bowen therapists Sally and Ron Askew, who integrated it into their own dog behavioral and rehabilitation work. In 2003 they founded the European Guild of Canine Bowen Therapists.

Typical areas that may respond well to Canine Bowen Therapy include:

  • Acute injury – sprains and strains
  • Chronic conditions and degenerative disease – helping to improve the dog’s quality of life
  • Rescue / re-homed dogs – relaxation of tension caused by earlier stress and trauma
  • Pre and post – operative surgery – assisting recovery times

Often only 1 or 2 treatments at weekly intervals are all that’s required to achieve a noticeable change. Some dogs, especially the elderly or those with chronic conditions, or active working dogs, may also benefit from regular maintenance treatments.

Canine Bowen Technique is complementary to, and not a substitute for veterinary care, and is only available on veterinary referral.  Please download and complete our veterinary referral form here.


What does the Bowen session involve?

A consultation will normally last around 45 minutes, although the hands-on treatment itself will not usually take longer than 20 minutes. During this time I will assess the dog, looking at both the static and dynamic conformation taking into account any difficulties there may be to keep in mind during treatment. Before the treatment begins I will require a signed veterinary referral form, and will ask a series of questions to help build a picture of the dog. This information will then help to monitor changes that have taken place between treatments and gauge how the dog is progressing.

Therapy is not forced upon the dog, and the dog is not restricted at any time during the treatment.

Want to book a session for your dog?

Simply complete our canine consultation form.