Callie, 4, is a rescue dog and former lockdown pup. She had a difficult start to life with four homes in 18 months. When rehomed to mum Alison, she was reactive, very fearful of men and her behaviour when out could be unpredictable. She hadn’t been socialised with other dogs and it’s suspected she was physically abused by a man at some point.

Callie the Lurcher x Saluki

Callie learns to trust and let go

Callie is very wary of new people and of being touched. She was very unsure about me touching her at first and would get up every few minutes and move away. I took things very slowly with her, only doing what she was comfortable with.

It was clear Callie was holding a lot of tension throughout her body and was particularly fearful of both her head and her lumbar area (lower back) being touched, so in the early days I avoided those areas.

Her owner noticed a change in her behaviour very quickly and by session 3 Callie was lying down for the therapy, was very relaxed and allowed me to work much more deeply with her, over all areas of her body.

Her owners have seen a positive improvement in her general demeanour and behaviour with Callie showing more confidence and less reactivity.

A gentle first assessment showed Callie was holding a large amount of tension in her fascia throughout her body and her lumbar was particularly sore. (She let me know by turning her head around or moving away, indicating she wasn’t ready for that area to be handled).

I initially worked along her thorax and behind her shoulders, but if I used too much pressure she would move away. By the third session Callie was much more relaxed. She lay flat out and went into a deep relaxation as I eased the tension within her. This continued through subsequent sessions and she has allowed me to work quite deeply on her lumbar to release stuck fascia that was affecting one of her hind legs. I use a variety of techniques on Callie, from stretching and deep pressure moves to circling and pulsing.

Callie also benefits and responds well to the Craniosacral Technique. This is a powerful energy hold connecting the cranium and the sacrum – the top and bottom of the spinal cord and nervous system. This triggers a deep relaxation and release, with Callie being in a very sound sleep, from which she finds it hard to wake up. It’s followed by much stretching and yawning, which are excellent relaxation and tension-release signs.

Before her WEBB therapy Callie always stood up in the car when travelling. She now sleeps all the way home and most of the rest of that day after a therapy.

Callie’s behaviour is changing

“Callie is more settled and less reactive with other dogs since having WEBB massage. She’s also more interactive with us at home, but also her independence is growing. For instance, she’ll now sit outside in the evening, which she wouldn’t do before. She has also been very good at the groomer’s and when the dog sitter stayed. After a WEBB session she goes straight to sleep in the car – something she never did. WEBB is helping Callie to be less reactive, less fearful and a happier dog in general. We can see a definite improvement.”

Alison, Callie’s mum