Our Guiding Principles

1. Choice-led treatment
2. Owner empowerment
3. High level of specialist knowledge and training
4. Behavioural understanding
5. The sharing of knowledge
6. Continual development

1. Choice led treatment
It’s vital for the dog being treated that they feel they have a ‘choice’ in the treatment. We
never use forced restraint, and treatment will always take place on the floor or on a low
level, which is where a dog is most comfortable. The practice of ‘choice’ is one that has now
become main-stream with many top trainers and behaviourists using the term.
2. Owner empowerment
We recognise that when you dog is struggling owners want to help, and often it is difficult to
become involved in their treatment. However, we always include the owners in their dog’s
treatment plan, imparting techniques that are safe to use, along with exercise planning and
‘environment’ management.
3. High level of specialist knowledge and training
All Galen Canine Myotherapists®*are qualified to an exceptional level, and this
anatomy and physiology learning is directed at functional application. They
understand the dog’s anatomy in terms of movement, how the dog’s body works
and how stress can be reflected through behaviour. This knowledge is then directed
into a ‘dog centric’ application of choice-led treatment.
*Only someone that has trained with Galen and is a member of C.A.A.M. can call themselves a Galen
4. Behavioural Understanding
We were the first therapy organisation to discuss the direct connection between muscle
pain and specific behaviour patterns. We guide owners and handlers in understanding how
muscle pain can be reflected in their dog’s behaviour. This information and knowledge is
also invaluable when assessing and detecting changes.
5. Sharing of knowledge
The welfare of dogs is our primary concern, and this takes priority over all other
considerations. Therefore we believe in sharing knowledge through training, workshops,
symposiums and events all over the world. We truly believe that what we do improves the
health and wellbeing of dogs, and encourage our associates to share this in the most
appropriate and far reaching ways.
6. Continual Development
Much of our course content has changed radically over the years due to new developments
in understanding the behaviour and physical changes of dogs with muscular issues. We
ensure we keep up to date with the latest evidence and findings, and modify our treatment
and teaching to incorporate this. Like any science, there are new discoveries constantly, and
it’s vital for animal welfare that we’re at the forefront of current understanding.

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