Natural care begins at home

For this reason, I have designed workshops for dog owners to learn basic skills that can help them enhance the bond they have with their dog and easily use natural care concepts at home without special equipment.

The following workshops are scheduled periodically for public registrations or, with a minimum number, can be run especially for your group or club.

Learn to Massage Your Dog

In this half-day workshop, you’ll learn how to give a full body acupressure massage and understand when it’s okay to massage your dog and when it isn’t. You’ll learn how to observe your dog’s movements and be ready to start keeping records from your massage sessions. Diet, supplements and senior dog care are also discussed. Each dog participating receives a free bag of our fresh dog treats and owners a resource pack with useful goodies.

Venue is the Landsdowne Community Centre, 8 Landsdowne Terrace, Cashmere.  Next class:  to be advised

Greyhound Massage and Stretching Workshop

A massage workshop for greyhounds and their owners to learn fundamental acupressure massage and stretching techniques. The stretching component of this workshop is especially for greyhounds; the remainder of the workshop content is as above for the all-breeds workshop. Each dog receives a free bag of fresh dog treats and owners a resource pack.

Next course date:  Check back for dates

We also have an online course you can purchase now for this topic.

Cooking for Dogs – Enjoying the Benefits of a Semi-Homemade Diet

Many owners are seeking ways to add fresh ingredients to their dog’s diet. In this very special cooking class, you will make several recipes for your dog that you can use as a ‘topper’ for their regular dog food and we’ll make dog treats, too. We’ll discuss diets in general, my support for the semi-homemade diet, and the challenges of feeding a truly balanced diet when relying on home cooking alone.  $89 for the class including all ingredients except meats of approximately $29 (a list of meat ingredients will be issued to you before the class, the meat ingredients were priced at Pak N Save Northlands in June 2022).   An apron is optional and a carry bag is recommended to take your items home.

Next class:  Saturday, 10 September from 9 am to 12:30 pm at Papanui High School.  Register here


Dog and Environmentally-Friendly Cleaning Products

In this workshop, you will make a laundry liquid, a surface cleaner, a dry dog shampoo, and an antibacterial spray. All materials are supplied (including re-usable bottles) but we recommend you bring a carry bag to take your products home. We’ll also discuss essential oils and their safe use around pets (not just dogs) and where you can buy the ingredients to make your own cleaning products again and again. Recipes included.

You’ll never need to buy commercial cleaning products again – and you’ll save money too.

The venue for the course is Papanui High School; this course can be booked for small groups on demand with a public course advised periodically.

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Greyhound Massage and Stretching Online

There are many greyhounds around the world and most of them can't come to Christchurch to attend our greyhound massage and stretching half-day workshop. So, we filmed a class and designed an online course for you. There are downloads, videos to watch for practice and even a relaxation exercise for owners. We've fast-tracked this course for those around the world in quarantine for Covid-19. Treat your greyhound and yourself by learning new skills. There is also an optional add-on for review of your technique by submitting videos, or through a Skype or Zoom consultation.