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Christchurch's only Fear Free
certified canine massage therapist

Whether recovering from injuries or surgery, managing old age, anxiety or other emotional conditions, or simply teaching a puppy the life skill of being touched, Fear Free is about managing fear, anxiety and stress throughout every session.  I use non-verbal communication and proven stress-free techniques to keep your dog comfortable and happy.   My Fear Free certification is in addition to my qualifications in dog massage and rehab – offering you and your dog a complete package of complementary care.

We're sponsoring the Mini Schnauzer's Christmas Picnic

Bring your Mini Schnauzer to The Groynes on Sunday, 24th November. Prizes will include vouchers for dog massage, our famous liver cupcakes and party packs of treats. Massages available, too. Don't have a Schnauzer but would like us at your event? Contact us with the details

A mobile practice for dogs

Your dog is most comfortable at home – so the purpose of a mobile practice is to make life easy for both you and your dog.  I can see your dog’s normal living environment and suggest adjustments for their comfort and rehab.  I aim to make exercises easy to do with minimal equipment so you are more likely to do the exercises with your dog – win!

A passionate supporter of natural care options

My love of dogs and my experience as an environmental scientist have led me to creating this practice which focuses on natural care using acupressure massage, laser, trigger point and rehab therapies.  All clients must provide vet records for their dog as a starting point and then we can look at care options – things like lifestyle and exercise, flower essences, homeopathics, supplements or dietary changes.  The basic rule of complementary care is “do no harm” and my services are not a substitute for traditional veterinary care.

Our most popular products

Birthday cake dog toy for boys

Birthday cake squeaky (blue for boys)

Drama Trauma flower essences

Drama Trauma emotional nutrition spray

Bark Bark

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Evidence for the negative impact of aversive-based training methods

17th November 2019

A new piece of research from Portugal has been submitted for peer review. The research team concluded “Our results show that companion dogs trained using aversive-based methods experienced poorer welfare as compared to companion dogs trained using reward-based methods, at both the short- and the long-term level."

Our ability to read dogs’ facial expressions is learned (not innate)

13th November 2019

This research shows that when we are exposed to dogs and dog-friendly environments, we get better at reading their facial expressions. The results of research like this could be used to help develop teaching resources that will reduce the incidents of dog attacks.

Report from the 4 Paws Marathon

8th November 2019

The Balanced Dog and partner Bodyworks Massage Therapy sponsored the 4 Paws Marathon this year. Here's Kathleen's report about the event and the massage tent at the finish line as published in NZ Dog World.