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European Guild of Canine
 Bowen Therapists

Canine Bowen Technique
Training Courses

The EGCBT Practitioner course was developed by experienced Bowen practitioners and dog trainers/behaviourists, Sally and Ron Askew, with the aid of one of the top orthopaedic vets in the UK, and has been producing knowledgeable, professional practitioners since it was first held in 2004. Offering a unique, dog-centred, holistic approach for people wishing to become properly skilled Canine Bowen Technique practitioners, it has been held in the UK since 2004 and in Switzerland since 2006, and in 2013 the first course was held in the Netherlands.
EGCBT Training - Hands-on Practical Session
The EGCBT Practitioner course in Canine Bowen Technique is currently the only UK-developed course in Bowen for dogs approved for continuous professional development training by the Bowen Therapy Professional Association (BTPA) and the Bowen Association UK (BAUK) - the two leading associations of professional Bowen practitioners in the UK.
Currently, there are two training options available :-


Consisting of Module 1 of the Practitioner course, this option provides instruction in the basic level of Canine Bowen Technique and may be used by dog owners who wish to use the procedures in a self-interest manner solely for use on their own dogs, or who wish to try out Canine Bowen Technique before committing to the full Practitioner course.

Practitioner Course

The EGCBT Practitioner course is intended to provide a credible and respected standard of professional training in Canine Bowen Technique.  It consists of four Modules spread out over approximately a year. Module 1 is as for the Self-Interest option, and then Modules 2-4 complete the full course. These latter Modules provide students with the second level of Canine Bowen Technique procedures, and also include basic Canine Anatomy & Physiology teaching, how to work with vets and within the Law, how to conduct client consultations, and more on the observation and assessment of unfamiliar dogs and how to work with them.
Between modules, students are required to undertake case studies so as to practice and develop their technique, and have the opportunity to discuss any problems with the course tutors. Students are also required to complete four written assignments.

Why Study With Us ?

EGCBT’s primary aim is to improve the health and well-being of dogs. We do this by :

•  offering inspiring and rewarding courses in Canine Bowen Technique.
•  educating students to a high professional standard, thus enhancing the quality and credibility of this relatively-new complementary system of bodywork.
•  keeping class sizes small, thus allowing for maximum interaction between student and teacher, and minimising stress to the dogs involved.
•  using the highest qualified, experienced and respected teachers in their field.
•  delivering a high standard, quality product to the best of our ability where the needs of dogs are a priority.
EGCBT Training - another Hands-on Practical Session
•  pioneering a way of working with dogs which is both dog-centred (the needs of the dog always comes first) and dog-led (the dog is listened to and respected).
•  offering a uniquely holistic (whole-life-style) approach for helping dogs.

In the main the course concentrates on how to apply the Bowen Technique to the benefit of dogs. However it also includes coverage of other areas in a dog’s life which might affect the outcome (e.g. stress, exercise and training regimes, nutrition, aftercare). These elements were developed with the aid of professionally-qualified experts, and are designed not to make the student a qualified professional in those areas, but so that problems may be recognised and the dog referred on to an appropriately qualified professional as necessary.

Important aspects of canine welfare, together with canine anatomy & physiology, are presented by a vet, ensuring that the latest information on veterinarian best-practice can be discussed with the students.

Membership of EGCBT is available to students and qualified practitioners, providing support and further training/CPD workshops to help maintain their skills and develop further approaches to their
Canine Bowen Technique work. Recent workshops have included Protocols for Low-Energy Dogs, Fascia Canine Bowen, and Biomechanics for CBT.

On our courses we believe very much in putting the welfare of dogs first. We believe that the best dog to help students learn is their own dog - a dog with which they have already built up a partnership of trust and respect. A dog who will help them learn. Many of our past students have commented on how their relationship with their own dogs has deepened as a result of the course.

Past students have also commented that working with an animal, a being who cannot directly communicate their problems and feelings via the spoken language, increases the importance of observation skills, and as a result of the course those who were human-Bowen practitioners have found that their human Bowen work has improved.
** Members of BTPA may use the EGCBT-Practitioner course to count as one year’s “human Bowen” CPD (i.e. 28 “Bowen-CPD” points) in the year in which the course is completed.

Further Information

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