Over the coming months, we’re going to be sharing information around our fantastic team of Galen Canine Myotherapists, and it’s with great pleasure that we’re proud to talk today about Leticia, who works in the North West of Spain.
Here’s Leticia’s journey, in her own words:
“My interest in dog training and, although I didn’t know it at the time, Canine Myotherapy, began when I got my first dog 10 years ago, a border terrier called Ripley. She was born with several deformities that every vet gave assurances would not cause her any problems, but the suspicion formed early on that she was suffering pain and she has subsequently been diagnosed with spondylosis and osteoarthritis. Living in the UK at the time I attended various puppy and dog training classes in order to try and understand the needs of my dog, which became dogs (as it is wont to) and thereby best enjoy our lives together. I have another border terrier called Barney and, on returning to Spain 6 years ago adopted a rescue pointer cross called Rufus. Rufus was a very troubled dog and I decided that I didn’t know nearly enough to properly help him overcome his background, so becoming a dog trainer, rather than merely attending classes, seemed the right way to go.
Therefore, I enrolled and completed a professional certification in April of 2017 and It was at the end of these studies that Julia was invited to Asturias to give a 2-day workshop. The rest, as they say, is history.
I took Ripley with me in the hope that Julia could give me some advice and it was immediately apparent that Myotherapy could improve Ripley’s life. When Julia was subsequently due to visit Barcelona for a 4-day seminar for dog professionals I immediately enrolled. This was a wonderful trip, attending with a dog trainer friend and our 3 dogs, all suffering from different issues and at the end of the 4 days I was hooked. I decided to become a Myotherapist, completing my diploma in October of 2018.
I like to think that I have a wonderful relationship with all my dogs, but my bond with Ripley is increasingly special and I am positive that Galen Myotherapy has played a big part in this. She trusts me completely, even when the pain is bad. She knows she can come to me for treatment any time she wants and that we will only do whatever she is comfortable with. I don’t know many people that have that level of trust with their dogs and I can only thank Julia and Galen for opening my eyes.
Myotherapy is virtually unknown in Spain and as well as treating dogs privately I collaborate with several shelters in Asturias where they would otherwise have little or no chance of receiving such a service. I run workshops and training programs for shelter volunteers, working to make Myotherapy better known in Spain and I plan to continue helping dogs wherever possible to improve their lives and wellbeing and to assist owners with understanding what their dogs are going through.
I am very interested in continuing to further my knowledge about dogs and I am currently attending the International dog trainer program with Turid Rugaas which I will complete in early 2020”.
If you’d like to find out more about Leticia, and perhaps see how she can help your dog then please feel free to make contact.