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Dog groomer crowned UK’s first ‘Canine Bodyworker’

Brenda Green, a dog groomer from Over Wallop, near Stockbridge, Hants, has qualified as the UK’s first Canine Bodyworker.

Brenda, 54, who owns and runs her own dog grooming business Clip ‘n Snip is the first student to gain her qualification after enrolling on Caninenergy‘s first Canine Massage Foundation Course at Writtle College, Essex, in August.

The course, which is led by Barbara Houlding MScVetPhys, MSCP, GradDipPhys. is specifically designed for students wishing to pursue a career as a canine massage therapist, but is also formatted for veterinarians, physical therapists, human massage therapists, equine massage therapists, chiropractors, osteopaths and breeders aiming to enhance their skills.

The programme, which will run again in 2006, offers three levels of certification and is offered in modules which allows working professionals and students to combine career with studies.

“I was chuffed to bits when I opened my envelope with the results and certificate,” said Brenda, who owns two Schnauzer dogs. “Having successfully completed the course has made me much more aware of how dogs of all breeds and types are vulnerable to injury - due either to over-exuberant playtime as pets or the effects of a working or agility dogs‚ lifestyles - and they all benefit from this form of hands-on treatment on a regular basis.

“I worked on 17 different dogs during my externship following the course and, in the majority of cases, noticed a significant difference not only in terms of helping to relieve muscular stiffness, but also in promoting a real sense of wellbeing in every dog I was asked to treat.”

The dogs Brenda has treated include a German Shepherd former RSPCA rescue case that had suffered from severe neglect as a puppy and was subsequently diagnosed with hip displasia.

“She had been caged for a long time and as a result found it difficult to stand up properly,” said Brenda. “She was in so much discomfort that she had lost interest in eating, but after a couple of treatments where we worked on relieving some of the stiffness, she appeared much brighter and started eating and drinking again.

“Going back to the classroom at my age wasn’t easy, but I was so inspired by this course that it has whetted my appetite to learn more. I’ve had good reaction and a lot of interest already from both clients and vets, so I’ll be offering the canine bodywork treatments from early next year. It just proves you’re never

Brenda Green can be contacted on (tel: 01264 889006)

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