Canine Bowen Therapy Prospectus



The Canine Bowen Therapy course is spread over five modules, which runs over a year. It includes a total of 14 teaching days, and culminates with an examination/assessment weekend which will include short answer written papers on canine Bowen, anatomy and physiology and canine wellbeing, as well as a practical examination which involves members of the public bringing their dogs in to be treated.


Students will be required to complete a series case studies which will add up to a total of 60 treatments. These will be split up into two sets. The first 10 case studies of 3 treatments per dog will need to be completed and received before starting level 2a, and the second set of case studies will need to be completed and received  2 weeks before level 3. These will need to be written up and presented so they can be evaluated and assessed, and will contribute to the final exam.  Students will receive comprehensive feedback and advice on all case studies presented.


2 written individual assignments are also required, and in addition, we ask the students to do a group assignment which all members of the group are asked to contribute to.


Case studies and all written papers must be completed before the final examination and will contribute to the final evaluation.


Student numbers are limited to 6 for the full therapist course, and 2 places are allocated on the first module (level one) as an "Introduction to Canine Bowen" module, (should the "self interest" students decide to carry on with the course they will be welcome to join us) which means the maximum amount of students will never total more than 8 per course.



                                *** COURSE DATES 2019 - 2020 COMING BY END OF JAN - SEPTEMBER START ***


VENUE;  Leonard Stanley Village Hall, Stroud, Gloucester. Approx 5 mins from junction 13 of the M5

From 2019 we are excited to announce we will start running the official canine fascia Bowen workshop.  This is our interpretation of Howard Plummer's amazing work, now carried forwards by Jo Wortley.  Pre-requisites for this CPD course will be the 2 day human fascia Bowen course - so please contact Jo for her course dates.

                                                            Entry Level Requirements For The Training Course 



The second module of a human Bowen training course needs to be completed prior to beginning the training course with the School of Canine Bowen Therapy. Proof of this will be required. All schools of Bowen welcome.


N.B whilst students can complete their canine training, we cannot issue a certificate of qualification until they have passed the human Bowen exams.


Dogs may become anxious during treatment, so a good understanding and knowledge of handling dogs is important. Dogs deserve understanding, and confident therapists are very important. It is wise to have some knowledge of dogs before contemplating joining this course. You may be a dog owner,or possibly work with dogs.  If you don't own a dog or have much experience of them, but feel you really would like to learn how to treat them, please feel free to contact us and we will offer some practical advice on how to proceed.




Students will require Insurance to cover them to treat dogs as students.  Proof of this will be required. Students may wish to take out additional insurance for their dog (legal liability) for the duration of the course, although this is not a requirement



                     The Prospectus                                  


This is a brief outline of the topics covered during the course, and may be subject to change at any time. 


Each of the individual modules will contain important and integral aspects of Canine Bowen. Each topic will include information regarding Bowen and how it has been adapted to dogs.


Dogs are unlike people when it comes to delivering Bowen, so students need a good working knowledge of how to convert Bowen to dogs, how to work with clients and decipher every little bit of information that is available-which may not be offered by the dogs owner.

A good working relationship is essential if we are to help dogs and gain their trust.


Level 1a will cover


  • Veterinary Surgeons Act 1966. Working within the law

  • The Bowen moves appropriate for this level 

  • Static and dynamic assessments - basic gait analysis

  • Hands on assessments

  • Creating a good environment for a dog to receive Bowen 

  • Working with the dogs - signs of stress, calming signals

  • Signs of pain

  • Basic anatomy and physiology

  • Effective note taking, setting up a treatment

  • Course work - case studies and written assignments

  • Final day sees member of the public bringing dogs in for students to work with


Level 1b


  • Review of work so far - lots of hands on time with the dogs fine tuning skills learnt so far

  • Additional moves

  • Working with clients

  • Information gathering - how to get the details you need from owners

  • Stress and how it affects dogs - both in their everyday lives, and during a Bowen session

  • Equipment used on dogs - the good, the bad and the ugly. Effects of collars, harnesses etc

  • Static and dynamic assessments

  • Simple flexion tests, stretching exercises and rehabilitation exercises for home use - taught by Ali Marks, Vet Physio and canine hydrotherapist.

Level 2a

  • Revision of work so far

  • Additional Bowen moves

  • Exercise and how it affects Bowen

  • Biomechanics/locomotion/functionality with relation to Bowen-this section of the course is both practical and covers the theory of canine biomechanics. 

  • Nutrition and related topics

  • General health concerns, and how Canine Bowen may help them

  • Looking at the variety of canine disciplines and most common injuries related to them

  • Service dogs / stress / Bowen

  • Conformation and posture, knowing the difference and how this affects the dog

  • Working with other professionals

Level 2b

  • Revision of work so far

  • Additional Bowen moves

  • The importance of rest and sleep for dog

  • Household wellbeing

  • Ageing in dogs

  • Vaccination and castration issues

  • Myofascial Pain Syndrome in dogs & trigger points


Level 3




  • This final weekend comprises of 2 days revision of work so far - lots of time to fine tune skills

  • ANY problems/issues students may have can be addressed here

  • Any additional notes - including behavioural issues and Bowen

  • Writing Vet reports

  • Final day is exam day which includes 3 written papers followed by volunteer dogs coming in for students to work with.

             ** We are constantly adding new material to the course so the layout may change to facilate this. **

         ** Teaching is a mix of short lectures, discussion, debate, quizzes and lots of hands on time with the dogs **


                                                                           Training Support

Pennie and Maddy offer help and support 24/7. You will be able to contact us via telephone, text, email and our own practitioner facebook page.

Students will receive a comprehensive training manual which contains all the topics covered in class.  You will receive comprehensive feedback reports on all case studies carried out.  Assignments are graded.



Working with dogs carries a small degree of risk. We are often working with dogs that are sick, injured, elderly or vulnerable.  On this course we aim to teach vital observational skills needed to recognise when a dog needs us to stop a treatment,   we always work respectfully, never forcing a treatment onto a dog. However, dogs can be unpredictable. All students attending this course do so at their own risk.

Dogs attending this course will need to have had a Vet check with the last 6 months to clear them for health, and a Veterinary permission form will need to be filled in before attending. 




















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