Ready, steady …

Here at Wolf Run we’re getting excited about delivering our Canine Nordic Walking at Tong Park Farm tomorrow.

It’s always wise to do a quick equipment check before any event and fortunately Jan and the Wolf Run dogs, Harvey and Sasha, were on hand to help.

New raw food producer in Wolverhampton

I love to support other local businesses and was delighted to hear that we now have a local producer of a complete raw dog food in the City. I’ve been feeding my dogs raw for a couple of years now and I’ve been amazed at the difference it has made to their health.

For the Love of Your Dog is a quality raw dog food. It costs £2.69 for 900 grams. Customers can collect from their premises in Pendeford or the company will deliver 10 packs or more completely free of charge.

Call Wesley on 01902 747775 to place your order. My dogs, Harvey and Sasha, have tried the food and they give it a big paws up.

Let there be light

A new service – light therapy

I’m delighted to be offering a new service to you whether you are a new or existing client. Light therapy is a complementary, non-invasive and effective treatment for numerous conditions on dogs.

What is light therapy?

Light therapy works brilliantly alongside massage and can be used to treat both chronic and acute conditions such as:
– Wounds, including infected wounds
– Bites and stings
– Muscle injuries
– Tendon injuries
– Sprained ligaments
– Elbow and hip dysplasia
– Bruising
– Acral lick granulomas
– Abcesses
– Swelling and inflammation
– Haematomes
– Skin conditions
– Mastitis

How does it work?

Light therapy works by energising compromised cells and increasing blood flow by using LED light.

When applied soon after an acute injury it can lead to quicker healing after injury.

Research has shown that light therapy:

– Increases energy in cells
– Leads to faster cell regeneration
– Reversal of cell death when applied 4 – 6 hours after injury
– Clears inflammation, reducing pain
– Increases lymphatic activity, strengthening the body’s immune response
– Increases circulation
– Releases endorphins and serotonin, the body’s natural pain relief
– Regulates collagen production

Is Light Therapy for your dog?

Light therapy is suitable for most dogs, particularly nervous dogs who would not tolerate massage.

Call or text me today on 07842 153831 to discuss you dog’s requirements and how light therapy or massage might be able to help them.

Three things you never knew about Nordic Walking with Dogs

Nordic Walking with dogs?

Let’s face it. If you’re reading this blog it’s likely that you’re a little puzzled. You may or may not have heard about Nordic Walking. But with dogs? Why on earth would you want to do that?
There’s no reason you should know. Don’t feel bad about it. This thing’s so new we think we’re the first people to be delivering it. Ever.
Allow me to explain all …

1. Nordic Walking is brilliant for you

Nordic Walking is a specific technique walking with poles. It was developed by Nordic Skiers during the off-season to keep them fit and I’d imagine it does a brilliant job of that. Not only does it exercise 90% of the muscles in the body, it can also burn up to 63% more calories than walking alone, increase upper body endurance, decrease neck and shoulder tension and increase back strength. And it does all of this whilst feeling easier than walking alone.
Not only that but it has also been shown to have wide reaching psychological benefits. Recent studies have shown that ‘green exercise’ – being active whilst connecting with nature – is extremely effective at preserving our mental health.
The beauty of Nordic Walking is that it is great for everyone – whatever their level of fitness, age or ability

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2. Dogs love it too

When I first started Nordic Walking with my dog, Harvey, I noticed that he seemed even more excited when he saw the walking poles, than he would be if I just got his lead out.
Maybe it’s that feeling of us moving and working together or the extra pace I am able to inject with the poles, or that he just loves that feeling that he is working whilst he’s trotting away in front of me.
There’s no doubt about it. Harvey just loves it and your dog probably would too.

Harvey reminisces about some great Nordic Walks we have had
Harvey reminisces about some great Nordic Walks we have had

Nordic Walking is great for dogs that:
• Are rehabilitating from injury
• You might be nervous to let off the lead
• Dogs that have that urge to work. (That’s actually most of them, by the way)
• Dogs that don’t socialise too well
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3. It’s fabulous for you and your dog to do together

Nordic Walking with your dog is a brilliant way of increasing your rapport with your dog. It’s a fabulous activity for anyone that wants to invest that little bit more in their dog.
During our day training programme (or two half days if you prefer) we teach you everything you need to know to start your Nordic Walking doggie adventure.
We have a dog behaviourist on hand to show you how to get your dog to respond to your Nordic Walking commands and your body language. She can also answer any questions you might have about your dog’s general behaviour.
We’ll be delivering courses in the West Midlands and we are prepared to come to you anywhere in the country if there is sufficient interest.
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So if you’d be interested in having a go why not email me, Sam Axtell, at info@wolfrun.org.uk or telephone 07842 153831

Rascal or reputable – 3 surefire ways to spot a genuine complimentary animal therapist

Quack-doctor

Back in the days of yore, quack doctors would ply their trade across the streets of the United Kingdom, claiming that their products cured “all known ills.”

Now, of course, we know better than that. Medical science has moved a long way since those times, and complimentary therapies, including canine massage therapy, have developed a sound evidence base that these treatments really do work. But I know that if I was taking one of my dogs to a complimentary therapist like a massage therapist, physio or chiropractor, I’d want to know that they were the real deal. So how do you separate the wheat from the chaff.

Here are some top tips from me:

1. Have they got veterinary consent?
Ever seen a a complementary therapist at a a dog show treating a dog? Well if they’re doing it without veterinary consent then they are almost certainly doing it illegally. That means they will not be insured and if anything goes wrong, you will have no redress. Why anyone would hand their dog over to a random stranger for treatment in the almost certain knowledge that they will never see them again is beyond me, but nonetheless I’ve seen it happen time and time again. The Veterinary Surgeons Act 1966 and the Exemption Order 1962 prohibits anyone from treating an animal unless they have veterinary consent. So at shows you might see me giving free muscular health checks (which is legal) and treating existing clients (for whom I have veterinary consent) but if anyone else asks me to treat their dog, I politely decline and any complimentary animal therapist worth their salt would do the same.

2. Can they show that they get results?
If you’re paying to take your dog to a complementary therapist, you want to be sure that they will get results. Sometimes a therapist will be able to do something amazing for your dog, which seems almost like a miracle (although, of course, it won’t be as all complementary therapy is evidence based). If a therapist is doing good work, this will be reflected in testimonials on their website. Read these to find out what their clients are saying about them.
Word of mouth is absolutely the best publicity and, in my experience, you can’t beat personal recommendations so ask other dog owners, vets, dog trainers or anyone else that works with dogs, who they would recommend.

3. Are they the real deal?
It’s always worth checking the credentials of any complimentary therapists. I know it’s not very British to do this but don’t be afraid to ask what qualifications they have, what their study involved, what professional association they are part of, if they are insured and what continuing professional development they undertake to make sure that they’re skills are up to date.
In my experience people get very confused about the difference between canine massage therapists, animal physios and chiropractors. Ask questions about the skills set of the person that you are considering using to find out if it will be the best treatment for your dog. There is no point seeing a chiropractor for a muscular issue as they deal with skeletal issues and the treatment would be ineffective, and truthfully a canine massage therapist will not be able to help with a misaligned spine as this is probably a skeletal issue.

If you follow the advice above, I’m confident that you will be able to avoid the modern day quacks and charlatans that unfortunately still prevail and if you do, I’m sure you’ll get a great treatment for your dog.