Get ready for fireworks season – Puppy Massage DVD

Puppy massage DVD

Puppy massage DVD

Fireworks season is fast approaching. We all know how stressful it can be for our dog, and therefore, for us too!

There are lots of things we can try to help with the stress. We have to work to find the best solution for the individual dog.

Our solution is massage. Donna Wills of Animal physiotherapy Ltd produced the Puppy Massage DVD to help teach owners how to do basic safe massage, in the comfort and security of thier own home. Meaning pure relaxation for both owner and dog. Great for any age, not just puppies, the techniques can be learnt young and implemented throughout life.

The fireworks season is long and intense. Our behavioural advice has all been overseen by a highly qualified behaviourist, Kris Glover, so that you will have the best chance to make this work well for your dog. We reccomend that the massage is learnt early before the fireworks begin, or simply get your dog used to it when they are not likely to be going off. Then when you are your dog are used to the process (this may not take many sessions) in anticipation of fireworks, set your home up as relaxing for your dog as possible and do your main massage time early evening, before they start, so as to put your dog in a highly relaxed state. The massage releases endorphines and seretonin, all making your dog more relaxed and less likely to react. You can enhance the environment by having relaxing music in, dog relaxaion sprays, and even some chamolime tea. The more options you use, the better it all works. Setting this all up in advance of the fireworks is important as this allows the dog to not associate these things with the impending fireworks. If you wait for fireworks, then set it up, it can make the 2 associated.

So with your home and dog relaxed, you should both be able to enjoy the night. If your dog does start to hear them, they may come to you for reassurance. Its vital you stay calm. As your dog is now used to the massage and doesnt associate it with only the bad fireworks, you can use it to add reassurance as needed and it will reinforce the calming.

We all know fireworks is hard on most dogs, and the severity of thier anxiety does vary. But if we can implement a healthy thought process to it all young in life, then it will stay that way.

So get your copy of the Puppy Massage DVD today. As featured in Crufts extra. Supported by T.V. vet Paul Manktelow MRCVS and 5 star review from the president of the British Veterinary Nursing Association, and Dogs Today magazine editor Beverly Cuddy.

Welcome to Bruno



Hello and welcome to Bruno. A very excited and happy labrador!

He showed some issues which concerened his parents so they investigated his hind. It turned out he did have mild hip dysplasia. He also seemed to show some mild back pain.

He has been sent for physio so he can be managde conservativly and without medication or surgery for as long as possible.

We have set him on a home regime to get his strength up, though weightloss is the biggest factor in his plan.

His mum and dad are well on board with what to do and they are moving forward, amd keeping a diary so we really can monitor the progress.

Keep up the good work mum, dad and bruno.

Welcome to cassi



Hello and welcome to Cassi. Such a sweet little labrador. She has been very well for a lot of years. Her mum is super vigilant and looks after her joints well. But in the last 18 months she noticed some changes and one of her back legs starting to have some problems. These seemed neurological. An x-ray showed low level change and nothing of great significance. So she decided to try physiotherapy.

We have done our assessment, and made some changes to her life that are more suited to this life stage. This has included changing the walk into 2 smaller ones so she has the same amount, but its more managable. We have also given her some excercises to keep her nerves more active. These have been balance excercises. We also noticed some issues in the fore limbs, so we have given some appropriate massage.

Keep up the good work mum and Cassi!

Big Dog Bed Company Now Stocking Puppy Massage DVD

Big Dog Bed Company Now Stocking Puppy Massage DVD

We are proud to announce that the Big Dog Bed Company are now Stocking Puppy Massage DVD

We are big fans of the Big Dog Bed Company. largely because our patients are big fans! We use a Big dog Bed Company bed for our treatments. It was a great investment. They off er a bespoke service so they come as you need them, so in your home they are very cosy and comfy.

We us, its foldable, easy to clean, supportive and comfy, waterproof, antibacterial, odour minimising, wipe down cover, 3 yr guarantee and Purple!

In the home it comes in a choice of colours and is machine washable. We love that it's actually hospital grade foam, so has a cross hatch system, which actually comes back up faster than memory foam. This makes it more ideal for an older god trying to get out of bed once its been squashed down.

A lot of love and care has gone into this company so take a look at what they offer.

And Thank you Big Dog bed company for supporting the Puppy Massage DVD.

Remember, the Puppy Massage DVD is a learning tool to help you get your Puppy confident with all over body touch. It even covers gum massage which will help with getting them used to tooth brushing and is relaxing. It helps you become confident with home massage. Making this an ideal early tool, ready for if then ever need rehab. And of course any older dog will always benefit from massage so learning to be confident in this will help you deliver safe effective home massage. Then, if you ever need a therapist to really work on the problem areas, they can advise you and update your skill so you can work together to make a perfect home regime for your dogs individual needs.

We are also blogging to CAM, the Canine Arthritis management foundation, so follow CAM to see our blogs and get up do date Arthritis care tips. arthritis care starts as a Puppy!

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Big dog bed Company now stocking the Puppy Massage DVD

Patient enjoying Bed!

Patient enjoying Bed!

Now stocked at Big Dog Bed Company

Now stocked at Big Dog Bed Company

Performance Dog – Now Stocking the Puppy Massage DVD

Performance Dog are now Stocking the Puppy Massage DVD

We are proud to announce that the Performance Dog website are now stocking the Puppy Massage DVD. We met them at Crufts 2018 and they were happy to support our DVD.

They supply books and DVD's and lots of other things that help creat happy rounded dogs.

Here is what they say about themselves:

"At Performance Dog, we are a small, knowledgeable and friendly team with a long and dedicated history of working with dogs. We understand the specialist needs of competitors and handlers who want the best for their working partners.

We offer the UK’s largest selection of dog books and DVDs, covering all aspects of care, behaviour and learning, plus sports equipment, therapy products and a brilliant range of interactive dog toys. We research all our products carefully and offer the best from the UK, Europe, the USA and Australia. Our suppliers include Clean Run, Dogwise, Tawzer Dog, Wicked Hounds, Clip N Go Agility and Tug-E-Nuff .

As Dogbooksonline we earned a reputation for providing outstanding customer service. The new name Performance Dog better reflects the wide range of products we now offer, but the same old values apply; you, the customer, comes first.

If you have a question, please contact us. If you want a product you we don’t currently stock, we will do our best to source it for you.

We offer a free shipping service within the UK, as well as a next day delivery option, and international delivery. Our aim to dispatch all orders within one working day."

Performance Dog

Performance Dog

Thank you for stocking the Puppy Massage DVD Performance Dog! We are all working together to get the world massaging thier dogs. Start young and keep them healthy, happy and confident.

Now stocked at Performance Dog

Now stocked at Performance Dog

Welcome to Boo



Hello and welcome to Boo. Oh such a cute jack russel with such lovely parents.

He has had a happy life. Then he suddenly became very ill and vestibular syndrom was diagnosed. This is a nasty illness with unknown causes. It effects the inner ear. It makes the dogs eye track side to side (nystagmus), causes a severe head tilt, nausea and sometimes vomiting. Some dogs can be so severe that they roll over and over. Luckily it was not quite so bad for Boo, but it was bad enough. His recovery was quite quick thankfully. And whilst most of the symptoms have resolved, he has been left with an aweful head tilt.

Dogs are incredible and able to cope and get used to life on the wonk. But its not nice for thier muscles. The body does compensate, but there is over use of the leg you lean on to and the balance is a struggle.

So physio can help. We have done our assessment and set a home excercise regime. This includes home massage and a series of excercises designed to promote balance. Luckily for him, his mum is a massage therapist. Lucky boy. We are also pleased to report, this os one of the few dogs I get to see at his age with no arthritis signs. Amazing!

Keep up the good work mum, dad and Boo. We'll have you feeling better soon!

Welcome to Loki

Such a total sweetheart. Mum decided he needed to learn to be calm as he was quite crazy. Rescue too, he was keeping mum on her toes! 

Mum was great and had a behaviourist help, but it was still not totally the answer. She saw our Puppy Massage DVD and requested a 1 to 1 lesson. 

We were very happy to offer this. As usual, Loki came in full of beans and bouncing around the room. But we had it all under control. After a very short time, Loki began to relax. The massage was taught. Mum learnt some techniques. Loki's favorite massage was the abdoman, also known as the belly rub! But it was the back massage that made him calm down enough to find out what areas he liked being massaged best. 

Loki was a total star and mum was so happy to see him so calm. 

If you want to learn the joy of home dog massage then get your copy of the Puppy Massage DVD or request your 1 to 1 lesson by contacting us.

See our 5 star review given by mum on the reviews!

Visit Crufts Stand 50, Hall 1! For Puppy Massage DVD, Photizo and IAAT

Visit Crufts Stand 50, Hall 1! For Puppy Massage DVD, Photizo and IAAT

Puppy Massage DVD - First Stockists

Puppy Massage DVD

Come visit Crufts at the NEC Birmingham, Stand 50, Hall 1! For Puppy Massage DVD, Photizo and IAAT. Crufts starts tomorrow. One of the biggest dog shows in all the world, and worth a visit even if you only go for the shopping! Any dog lover can buy anything you could dream of there. There is discounts and information, so you can also learn about the many valuable canine welfare and education organisations.

Photizo Light Therapy

Photizo Light Therapy

Photizo have a stand. Stand 50, Hall 1. There you can meet Ruth and get your own Photizo vet, or come and learn about how their red light therapy works. They are one of our Puppy Massage DVD stockists, so you can get your own copy from them. Get there quick though to avoid them running out.


Photizo are also kindly supporting IAAT and International Association of Animal Therapists
allowing them to represent themselves on the stand. IAAT is the International Association of Animal Therapists and they represent musculoskeletal therapists all over the world. We are members of this organisation and we will be there Sunday to help represent them. There will be people from this organisation every day, and Donna, founder of Animal Physiotherapy Ltd will be there on Sunday too, so pop along to say hello and we can answer any questions you may have.

Crufts is only on once a year and runs from 9th -12th March so don't miss it!

To get to  the NEC the NEC is served by the M6 and M42 motorways and there are extensive car parking facilities on site. For the convenience of the public, shuttle buses operate from the car parks to the main entrance.

For SatNav users the NEC postcode is B40 1NT.

To visit the Crufts website, cick Here



Dog and Bone – New stockist of the Puppy Massage DVD

Welcome to Dog and Bone - New Stockist of the Puppy Massage DVD

We are so pleased to have our second stockist on board. The Dog and Bone company have seen our DVD and think its so great, that they wanted to stock it of their customers too.

Dog and Bone are an educational company. They already sell several excellent

Dog and Bone

Dog and Bone

educational DVD's for dog owners. They also provide courses for owners so that they have every opportunity to learn all they want to about their dogs needs. They cover training and calming. They have music, books, DVD's and seminars. Their seminars are held in multiple locations in the UK so take a look and see what's available. They also have a selection of leads, harnesses and other items.

Thank you for joining us Dog and Bone, and for helping to share the joy of dog massage.

The Puppy Massage DVD will make an excellent Christmas gift for any dog owner. Learn how to massage your dog in the comfort of your own home, from a highly experience animal physiotherapist, Donna Wills. Start them young and get life long benefits. Help your dog to become calm and confident.

Puppy Massage DVD - First Stockists

Puppy Massage DVD


Article in the VN Times! Crowd Funding Accomplishment; a DVD case study

Article in the VN Times! Crowd Funding Accomplishment; and DVD case study

We are so pleased to see an article in the VN Times! Crowd Funding Accomplishment; and DVD case study about our story.

They very kindly help space for this story, and its now in print for the world to see.

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Here is the article before it went to the VN Times.

The Puppy Massage DVD

By Donna Wills PGC A Phys, RVN, MIAAT, MASSVAP


Just over 1 year ago I started a crowd funded project through Kickstarter to raise funds to film my Puppy Massage DVD. 16 months and a lot of hard work later, after a successful campaign, it’s here!

In April 2015 I wrote an article telling everyone about my crowd funding, and what a wonderful way it is to raise funds to bring your own idea to life. I am pleased to say my campaign was a huge success and 45 days later I raised 134% of the goal I had set. My backers came from far and wide. One was from Japan, two from California, many were clients of mine, and some were past colleagues and employers. I was amazed to see the people found my project to fund from overseas and that I had never met these people before. I had many veterinary professionals and animal physiotherapists back me too which all helped fuel my confidence that this DVD was a great idea. So now I had to fulfil my dream of filming the Puppy Massage DVD and getting the Backer rewards to my Kickstarter funders.

The Puppy Massage DVD helps teach owners how to massage their own dog at home in a safe, step-by-step way. It gives them the tools to confidently deliver massage all over the dog ensuring the puppy grows up to be confident with all over body handling. This makes visits to the vet a more positive experience. It also gets the dog ready for the future as they may need a manual therapy, and this way they will be used to this type of handling and the owner will have some basic skills that the musculoskeletal therapist can build on for home therapy plans. There is also the added bonus of the strong bond that touch and massage can help strengthen. We of course already know all the physical benefits of massage like endorphin release, increased circulation and movement of toxin build up.

It was quite a journey and I had to learn a lot about film recording and production along the way. I had many plans in place but I soon learnt that a plan in my head was very much more difficult in real life. But I got through each challenge in turn. We found a beautiful location for filming, which was private so we had lots of time. One of my backers let me use her beloved Moremma puppy as the star, but as we all know from our work, they often don’t want to do as they are told when you need them to! Many hours later we had our footage. We then had to spend hours recording the voiceover for the film. My editor, Adrian Hamilton, then spent many hours putting it all together, and I had to sit there for many evenings too, to get it all correct. It was a big challenge as he hadn’t edited a film like this before.

Then the artwork had to be done and finally the proof checks and the big order. I was amazed to find that although I thought I had ordered my DVDs from the UK, they actually came from the official Sony production factory in Austria. My enormous palette of DVDs arrived on my doorstep just 9 days before my official launch. Scarily close timing.

Whilst all this DVD production was going on I also had to organise a launch event. No product can go without one. I teamed up with my local council, Bracknell Forest and Bracknell Town Council, as they had lost funding for their annual dog show, and so I made the annual “Paws in the Park” show the official launch of my Puppy Massage DVD too.

Organising a dog show and a DVD launch event was a big job, but with lots of reward on the big day. The show and DVD launch was on 20th August in Braybrooke Recreational Ground, Bracknell. I had so much support I still can’t believe it.

The Bracknell Town Mayor Ash Merry came and was a huge support, she was joined by both the deputy Mayor Clive Harrison and The Borough Mayor of Bracknell Forest Tony Virgo.

BBC Radio Berkshire’s Sue Kinnear did her live broadcast from the show. It was wonderful to have the information about the benefits of the Puppy Massage DVD broadcast live across Berkshire.

Channel 4’s Bentley the ChiWOWhua famous from “First Dates” joined us and Immy, the Puppy Massage DVD star. Immy was now considerably larger than last year so she needed a bandanna to point her out!

We even had an international circus act “Chimney Sweeps” from Circle of Two. It was amazing to have so much volunteered support for my show and my DVD.

The official launch was at 12pm and it was important to me that it had a lovely Hollywood feel with a dog twist. So I did a premier viewing. I had an astroturf carpet with daisies on, white picket fencing and lots of posters on the walls. We even had 1000 packs of Pup-corn given out by my two lovely friends working as promotion girls. This was for all the dogs who came to view the premier, though I think many owners were actually eating it.

The dog show was a roaring success and the local council were proud of the turnout of about 2000 visitors. This was impressive since the weather was dreadful and many people had to abandon their event shelters and gazeebo’s as the wind was making them fly away. Luckily the rain doesn’t hold a dog owner back.

It was a proud moment to see my dream finally come to delivery. It was wonderful to have this successful project available to the public. This was a momentous thing for everyone involved. Over the months so many people have been giving their support or this project, that it finally felt like I could say a proper thank you!

T.V. Vet Paul Manktelow had watched he DVD and supported it and even put his face on the cover. He said “learning to massage your puppy helps to create a strong loving bond and creates confidence with being handled by you, your vet, therapist or groomer”. The President of the BVNA, Samantha Morgan had given a 5-star review and said “Donna explains each technique very clearly and shows how spending time with your puppy performing massage can be both therapeutic to dog and owner alike, these techniques will greatly improve the overall well-being of your puppy". The DVD also had a 5-star review from the editor of Dogs Today magazine, Beverly Cuddy who said “Every dog wants their owner to watch this! If only every puppy could grow up loving a human's touch. Donna teaches you how to get even closer to your best friend than ever before." It was of course wonderful to be able to show the backers what they helped create.

This journey of funding, creation, production, marketing and the launch event has taught me a lot. But it has been great fun. It’s wonderful to see that there are ways to reach your goal, whatever it may be. I now have a product to sell that reflects my business and I know how well supported it is. I would recommend to anyone who has an idea, no matter how big or small. Have a go at making it happen! There are people out there who will want to support you too. I thank everyone of mine.

For the Puppy Massage DVD, the marketing and sales chapter begins. I have made some sales already and I have one registered stockist. If you want to stock the Puppy Massage DVD for your clients, then get in touch. or find more information and the trailer at