Holos means ‘Whole’. A holistic approach to dog care services means we consider the ‘whole’ picture for both us and our dogs. This way has its origins in Traditional Chinese Medicine & Ayurvedic Medicine. These disciplines believe that in order for health / wellness to exist within an individual all aspects of their life need to be in balance. There is much focus on prevention rather than cure and exercise for mind, body and soul is part of a daily routine e.g. meditation, massage, tai chi, and yoga.
This is stark contrast to Western Medicine, which tends to treat the body as a machine. It gets fixed with pharmaceutical drugs or surgery. Like a car when it is broke, it gets fixed at the garage. How many of us forget to maintain our vehicles with regular servicing, oil and water checks and tyre pressure measuring. As a former Complementary Therapist & Lecturer, I believe that in order to achieve a holistic approach to healthcare we must utilise the best of both worlds. Complementary Therapies & Western Medicine sit well alongside each other. I am not an advocate of Alternative Medicine and any Complementary Therapy must be just that a complement to modern medicine.
I believe a holistic approach relates equally well to our dogs, both for healthcare and education purposes. I think this involves looking at all aspects of a dog’s behaviour to reveal how the dog best learns. It has several unique components to it and we can remember these by considering the WALK, TRAIN, PLAY, BEHAVE & STAY programme.
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