Hydrotherapy

We are expanding into Hydrotherapy!

Sophie Comas Dog Health, Dog Welfare, Hydrotherapy, News 0 Comments

Our founder Jacqueline Newholm has decided to expand the offering at Big Brown Dog Therapy to now include Hydrotherapy. We caught up with Jacqui on week one of her new course to find out more. Here is what she had to say. What is hydrotherapy? Hydrotherapy is an alternative therapy to help strengthen muscles, improve cardiovascular fitness, relieve swelling, pain …

dog obesity

Human food as dog food: a translation

Jacqueline Newholm Dog Health, Dog Welfare, Industry News 0 Comments

Just like us, it’s easy for dogs to put on a few extra pounds if they consume too many calories and aren’t getting enough exercise, particularly as they get older. Recent studies have shown that canine obesity is becoming a serious problem in the UK whereby 1 in 3 dogs is overweight or obese.* I have to admit that from …

Cool down after agility competition

Post-exercise cool down massage

Jacqueline Newholm Benefits of Massage, Performance and Working Dogs, Workshops 0 Comments

Why cool down? A cooling down routine is just as important as a warm up and is extremely important when it comes to ensuring that our dogs are injury-free. The main purpose of the cool down is to promote recovery and return the body to a pre exercise level. During strenuous exercise, the dog’s body will deal with a number of …

Muscular injury

Muscular injury in our dogs

Jacqueline Newholm Common Pathologies and Conditions, Dog Health, Dog Welfare 0 Comments

Dogs, like any animal, are susceptible to soft tissue, muscular injury throughout the course of their everyday activities.  Most soft tissue injuries in dogs are due to falls, fights, accidents, and during exercise and play. Our blog about muscular injury in dogs discusses the science behind the phases of muscle healing and repair. Categories of muscle tearing A soft tissue …

reactive dog due to muscular injury

Physiological and psychological effects of muscular injury

Jacqueline Newholm Common Pathologies and Conditions, Dog Health 0 Comments

Dogs, like any animal, are susceptible to soft tissue muscular injury throughout the course of their everyday activities.  Most soft tissue injuries in dogs are due to falls, fights, accidents, and during exercise and play. Physiological effects of muscular injury From a physiological point of view, muscular injury will affect a dog in the following ways: Pain perception – muscular …

Warm up for dog agility

Pre-exercise warm up massage

Jacqueline Newholm Benefits of Massage, Canine massage, Canine Massage Therapy, Dog Health, Dog massage 0 Comments

Why warm up? A warming up routine is essential when embarking on any form of exercise, and including pre-exercise regimes as part of a ‘workout’ is just as important for our canine athletes as it is for those of the human variety. The dog’s body needs to make a number of adjustments when undertaking any exercise. These include: increasing the breathing …

Canine massage

Massage can help improve your dog’s circulation

Jacqueline Newholm Benefits of Massage, Canine massage, Canine Massage Therapy, Dog Health, Dog massage 0 Comments

All the body’s cells need a good supply of blood, which contains all the substances required for their nutrition, repair and growth. The cells also need to dispose of waste products and other harmful toxins which are brought about by the generation of energy, and debris caused by tissue damage or inflammation. This is the job of the circulatory system, …

dog getting massage

How does massage benefit the nervous system?

Jacqueline Newholm Benefits of Massage, Dog Health, FAQs 0 Comments

Dog massage therapy benefits our dogs by helping to keep the organ tissues healthy and promotes healing so that the function and efficiency of the whole body is enhanced. In this edition of our blog we discuss the the various nervous system benefits of dog massage therapy. The nerve receptors in tissues, which control tissue tension, are stimulated by massage. Depending …

Lead pull

Pulling on the lead will damage your dog’s neck

Jacqueline Newholm Dog Health, Dog Welfare, News 0 Comments

Did you ever stop to think about what happens under your dog’s collar when it pulls on the lead? Persistent lead pulling will damage your dog’s neck. We’ve distilled a thought provoking article from dog behaviourist Els Vidts (www.freedogz.com) for our latest blog. The dog’s anatomy is basically the same as ours, and it’s neck is also just as sensitive …