The Canine Massage Guild, our members and most importantly our canine clients had an amazing Crufts this year. We would like to share just a few of our highlights and congratulate all our clients on getting to and performing so well at the event. You were all amazing.
Please help us celebrate some truly incredible successes!
What a result in the Kennel Club Novice Cup! Dogs that are receiving regular clinical massage achieved 2nd place overall and 3rd place overall at Crufts this year! Just to get to Crufts they had to beat over 500 dogs at the KC International Agility Festival and come in the top ten in the semi-finals held at the same event.
They have had to be amazingly consistent just to get to the final at Crufts.
Alison Pearce from Alison Pearce Canine Massage came 2nd overall when her dog Herbie produced two clear rounds at Crufts. Living with a fully trained canine massage therapist has meant Herbie has been having regular treatments over a number of years and Alison is sure this has contributed to his amazing consistency in agility. Alison said “what an amazing result for our first time at Crufts, I couldn’t be prouder of him!”
Nikki and Mambo came 1st in the agility round and 3rd overall at Crufts. Mambo has been under the dedicated care of Jayne Strange at K9 Bodycare for nearly a year. At Crufts Nikki said a “Big thank you” to Jayne ”for keeping his muscles in great shape”
Nikki said “I trust Jayne completely and she really helps to keep Mambo in top condition.”
After the event Jayne said “this was Nikki and Mambo’s first time at Crufts and to be part of their journey has been amazing. Nikki’s commitment and dedication to her dogs is second to none; with their wellbeing of the upmost importance. All their hard work has paid off.”
Jayne treats all five of Nikki’s dogs, so perhaps we will hear more good things from them in the future.
Crufts Flyball runners-up!
Having won both their quarter final and the semi-finals the very awesome FourPaws Racing team came out second in the Flyball finals on the last day of competition. Zoie, a 9 year old Working Sheepdog has been getting regular massage from Karen Young from Safe Hands Clinical Canine Massage for nearly a year. The wider team are regulars at Guild stands across the country as they take up the offer of FREE Muscular Health Checks to make sure their dogs are in good condition and fit to race.
The team leader, Terry Condra said after the competition “the Canine Massage Guild are the best find I’ve ever had. Safe Hands give me the confidence all is well with my Flyball athlete of a dog for her to enjoy her chosen sport. Thank you Safe Hands & the Canine Massage Guild!”
Hayley Byrne-Ingle and Ellie the Labradoodle have been supported by Helen Winter of Head to Tail Clinical Canine Massage for over a year. This year Hayley and Ellie competed in the Young Kennel Club classes – ABC Agility, Heelwork to Music Freestyle and Grooming and won the Grooming and the Heelwork to music classes!
Hayley says “Ellie loved her massages and is now whizzing round the fields and at agility, she’s also settling quicker after walks. Thanks Helen”
Helen is “So, so proud of this pair particularly as Hayley was so nervous when I saw Ellie for her pre-Crufts massage. Ellie loves her massages, even getting up and turning herself over to have her other side done when it’s time. She’s a real character!”
Ellie is no stranger to the limelight however, as she is also the labradoodle used in the ITV show Britain’s Favourite Dogs and is a poster girl for Streamz collars.
Congratulations to you all, you have done your respective sports proud!
But it is not just about the winners, it is also about taking part and being at the biggest dog show in the world. There are many, many more dogs that attended Crufts this year who have had the benefit of a Canine Massage Guild therapist!
Thank you to our therapists
The Guild had 25 therapists covering the event, supporting the Canine Massage Therapy Centre and providing daily presentations at the Eukanuba stand. All these therapists run their own canine massage therapy clinics and took time out to support the Guild. Many thanks to them all.
During the four day event our therapists were on hand to provide FREE Muscular Health Checks to any dog and to talk to any human about massage therapy. Free warm up and cool down treatments were provided by some therapists to their existing clients attending the show. We were kept very busy!
Did you miss us?
Don’t worry Guild therapists will be at all the Dogfest events over the summer! Your local therapist will also be attending local events throughout the year. Alternatively, a full list of our therapists can be found on the Guild website: www.k9-massageguild.co.uk
Crufts may be over for another year but for many this is the start of the competition calendar. The Guild and our members will continue to provide
“Results you can see and your dog can feel”
Notes to editors
The Canine Massage Guild represents the largest group of Independent
Massage Therapists in the UK.
The Canine Massage Guild is the Best Complementary Therapy Organisation 2017 according to Pharma Magazine Animal Health Awards.
All Guild members have completed the two year Clinical Canine Massage Practitioner course or Therapeutic Canine Massage Diploma, both run by the Canine Massage Therapy Centre.
All Guild members have to complete at least 25 hours Continuing Professional Development every year.
The Canine Massage Guild sponsors the UKA Agility K9 Massage Guild Challenge and members can be found at these events.
Clinical Canine Massage is a complementary and rehabilitative therapy. We support vets in the maintenance and management of their canine client’s health. We are not an alternative to veterinary advice or treatment.