The Canine Bowen Technique is a gentle, non-invasive, holistic modality that promotes body and energy rebalancing, healing and pain relief. It aims to support and boost the natural healing capabilities of the body.

Canine Bowen Technique (CBT) is based on the principles of human Bowen Therapy, which was developed by an Australian, Tom Bowen (1916-1982) a complementary human therapist. The Bowen Technique was brought to this country in 1993. It was then adapted for use on dogs in 2001 by Bowen therapists Sally & Ron Askew, who integrated it into their dog behavioural and rehabilitation work; founding the European Guild of Canine Bowen Therapists in 2003.

The European Guild of Canine Bowen Therapists (EGCBT) was set up to train, promote, represent and regulate a network of properly skilled and experienced Canine Bowen Technique therapists who are able to work alongside other professionals in the canine world to help dogs; such as vets, trainers, behaviourists, rescue centres, hydro therapists, and nutritionists.

Canine Bowen Technique is regarded as a manipulative therapy covered by the Veterinary Surgery (Exemptions) Order 2015 of the 1966 Veterinary Surgeons Act, allowing non-veterinarians to work on the animal, on referral of the dog’s veterinarian. With the help and support of local vets EGCBT have been using Bowen on dogs since 2001, with a lot of success. Problems frequently presented at CBT sessions include:

• Arthritis and Muscular Sprains & Strains
• Lameness and Gait problems
• Hip & Elbow Dysplasia
• Chronic Illness and Degenerative Disease – Improving the dog’s quality of life
• Rescue/Re-homed dogs – Relaxation of tenseness from previous trauma
• Pre and Post Surgery – Reducing recovery times

We would emphasise that we use Canine Bowen Technique as a complementary therapy, in conjunction with, not as an alternative to, proper veterinary care. We insist that owners have their dog thoroughly checked over beforehand by their vet and get their vet’s written approval prior to commencing a Bowen session. Under no circumstances do we prescribe or alter any medication.

Qualified Canine Bowen Technique practitioners are existing (human) Bowen Technique therapists, which ensures they have a thorough grounding in the principles and workings of the Bowen Technique, providing a credible and respected standard of professional in the Canine Bowen Technique. Therapy isn’t forced on the dogs; indeed, an important part of the Canine Bowen Technique qualification is teaching participants to recognise and respect when the dog indicates it has received what it needs and if it wishes to walk away, then it is allowed to do so.

EGCBT proposals have been reviewed by the RCVS, and the European College of Bowen Studies. We have also made a request to the Bowen Therapists’ European Register – the professional register for (human) Bowen Therapists in this country – to be shown as Canine Bowen Technique therapists on the BTER referral list.