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Hydropaws Visit a Big Hit with Students and Canines
The LMC Animal Studies department welcomed Gail Baker from Hydropaws, Morecambe, to learn effective canine massage techniques and hear about the benefits of this practice.
In the morning Gail conducted an interesting session with Level 3 Animal Management students on canine massage, discussing the importance of massage and techniques which can be used not just on dogs but other pets too. The students were then given the opportunity to perform various canine massages on some of the dogs from College Canines, much to the delight of the dogs!
Stephanie James from Level 3 Animal Management said "I found the Hydropaws visit interesting especially the massage. Seeing some normally hyper dogs become calm was really interesting to watch".
In the afternoon Gail ran a session on zoopharmacognosy, where animals are allowed to self-medicate by choosing herbal remedies offered to them depending on their needs. The dogs from College Canines took part and it was fascinating to watch the dogs choose remedies such as turmeric, coconut oil, spirulina and hemp which all have holistic properties. The dogs always chose remedies which helped out with conditions that we were aware the dogs had. For example and older, working collie chose remedies to help with arthritis and inflammation. A young female just coming into her first heat chose remedies to help with hormone imbalance and alleviate stress.
Staff and students were fascinated by both sessions and gained a great deal from the day. Carrie Vale, animal studies tutor, said "I thoroughly enjoyed the session, especially the zoopharmacognosy. It was amazing to see the dogs choose remedies for ailments that we were aware that they were suffering from".
Hannah Greene from Level 3 Animal Management said "I really enjoyed the session with Hydropaws. I learned a lot about how holistic therapy can be incorporated into the welfare and health maintenance of your dog. It was amazing to see how well the dogs responded to the massages. It was more incredible to see their instincts at work when it came to choosing smells and tastes to combat any health issues they had which weren't visible".
Level 3 Animal Management student Hannah Mills added "The Hydropaws experience was a real eye opener on the effectiveness of dog massage and correct animal training. I thoroughly enjoyed watching the test with different herbs, spices and fragrances".
If you're interested in working with animals, explore our Animal Studies courses at Lancaster & Morecambe College and discover which level you could start at. Applications for September 2019 are still open! APPLY ONLINE HERE
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