Canine Bowen

Bowen Therapy for Dogs (& Cats)

What is Canine Bowen Therapy?

ISBT’s Canine Bowen Therapy was developed by leading international equine therapist, chiropractor and acupuncturist Suzanne Baker. Suzanne spent a number of years developing sequences, conducting trials and confirming results to ensure that Canine Bowen was a high quality form of body work.

As with Human Bowen, Canine Bowen is a gentle and effective hands on therapy where specialised moves are applied to specific muscles, tendons, ligaments and lymph.

The cross fibre move influences the fascia housing these structures and allows the body to reset and adhesions to be released. Improved function then leads to decreased levels of pain and improved health and well-being.

The welfare of your pet is our primary concern and care is taken to ensure the treatment is enjoyable and that they are never pushed past their comfort zone.

Signs that your dog is relaxing include quietening, slower breathing and stretching.

Most animals become so relaxed to the extent they will often fall asleep after the treatment. This is why Bowen is beneficial for nervous or anxious dogs.

While I treat a variety of dogs with a wide range of conditions, my particular interest is in geriatric dogs and also those with osteoarthritis. Generally older dogs with mobility issues benefit from maintenance treatments every month to six weeks.

I also thoroughly enjoy treating the working and performance dogs. These dogs benefit from a preventative program of Bowen to avoid injuries and maintain joint flexibility and muscle tension.

I am currently studying towards a Diploma in Small Animal Rehabilitation which involves treating small animals through therapeutic exercise, massage, stretching and laser application. These studies also include software where clients will receive a custom, home based, exercise programme for their pet based on findings from my consultation and treatment. Sign up to my newsletter to stay informed about these treatments.


Jacqui has been working with our greyhound after he has been experiencing some back and leg issues. Jacqui has been professional and kind in her approach, going the extra mile to assist with diagnosing his issues and treating them. Jacqui has a talent with connecting with dogs and always ensured ours was at ease and comfortable with the treatment. He even drooled a couple of times he was enjoying the treatment so much! Bowen therapy has been great for our dog and Jacqui especially has been amazing to work with. Very affordable too. Would recommend to anyone looking for help with their dog if they are experiencing discomfort.

~ Courtney

What conditions can Canine Bowen Therapy help with?



Degenerative Myelopathy

Lumbosacral Disease

Wobbler Syndrome


Vestibular Disease


Stiffness and Pain

Compensation Patterns

Strains and Sprains 

Cruciate/ Stifle Injuries

Hip/Elbow Dysplasia 


Shoulder and Neck Issues

Spinal Misalignment


Patellar Luxation

TMJ Misalignment

Sacroiliac Pain

Working, Agility, Show dogs : Improved performance and Injury Prevention


Pre and Post Surgery

Separation Anxiety

Cushings Disease

Palliative  Care 

Sluggish Lymphatic System / Oedema

Fear and Anxious 

Behavioural Issues 

Respiratory Disorders

Canine Bowen therapy


Contact me for an up to 15 minute free assessment about what is troubling your dog.


“Our 15 year old fox terrier was injured 14 months ago and sustained fractures of the pelvis and dislocations of Sacroiliac Joint. Initially she was tender to the touch and some areas not treatable at all. However now, after several treatments she is relaxed and has her mobility back!

One lucky dog!”

~ Brook

The Bowen Central Process



It’s important to provide as much information as possible about your dog before the treatment; any medical conditions, operations and xrays, does your dog have allergies or is it on medications?

Gathering and supplying us with this information before the treatment, including any veterinary notes that you may have from your vet, will go a long way to ensuring the success of the treatment.

Also think about your dog’s activity level:

    • When are they sore and in pain?
    • Does their lameness improve  after rest or after exercise?
    • Are you able to video them when they are displaying signs and symptoms?


The first consultation and treatment usually takes up to an hour. I prefer to treat your dog at your premises as they will be more relaxed in their own environment, however if you prefer to come to me then sufficient time will be given to allow the dog to become comfortable in a new environment.

We take the utmost care to ensure that the dog is relaxed and enjoys the experience. At all times the dog’s welfare comes first.

To understand and ensure that the moves and sequences that are applied relate to the presenting problems, time is taken, before the start of treatment, to go over medical history, observe the dog’s gait and posture as well as a palpation and an assessment of joint range.

The treatment itself generally lasts no more than twenty minutes and, as with humans, there are short rest periods between moves to allow the body and tissues to respond.

Subsequent treatments will generally be shorter, around 30-45 minutes.



An Aftercare sheet of information will be given at the completion of the first treatment. Dogs generally respond very well to Bowen.

It is common for them to become quite relaxed and they will often rest or fall asleep. Try to keep your dog’s environment as calm as possible over the next 3 to 4 days as the effects of Canine Bowen can carry on working for up to 7 days.

It is important to have plenty of water available as they may become thirsty after a treatment. Every dog responds differently and some dogs may have increased energy levels but avoid over exercising, limit walks to on a leash twice a day for 2 to 3 days.

Please continue on with any medications your vet has prescribed.

Canine Bowen Therapy does not replace veterinary care but can be used in conjunction to ensure the best results for your dog.

How often should you have treatment?

Generally most conditions require 2-3 treatment sessions spaced a week apart.  Acute conditions may need treatments every 2-3 days where as chronic conditions will generally require more treatments spaced a week apart in the beginning, then as progress is made,  the duration span of treatments can be spaced further apart.  Preventative or maintenance treatments are of great benefit to keep the body injury free and in a state of optimal balance.


Contact me for an up to 15 minute free assessment about what is troubling your dog.