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8 days ago

Cooking For Dogs - Saturday, 29th August

Principal Therapist from The Balanced Dog Ltd

Many owners are seeking ways to add fresh ingredients to their dog’s diet. In this very special cooking class, you will make several recipes for your dog using human-grade ingredients that you can use as a ‘topper’ for their regular dog food; we’ll make dog treats, too. You’ll come home … View moreMany owners are seeking ways to add fresh ingredients to their dog’s diet. In this very special cooking class, you will make several recipes for your dog using human-grade ingredients that you can use as a ‘topper’ for their regular dog food; we’ll make dog treats, too. You’ll come home with everything you’ve made plus the recipes and other resource notes.

We’ll discuss diets in general, my support for the semi-homemade diet, and the challenges of feeding a truly balanced diet when relying on home cooking alone. $89 per person for the class including all ingredients and containers, except meats of approximately $30 (a list of meat ingredients will be issued to you before the class). Bring an apron (optional) and a carry bag is recommended to take your items home. Sorry, your dog needs to stay home for this workshop as dogs are not allowed on school property.



Venue is Papanui High School.Saturday, 29th August 2020 from 9 am to 12:30 pm Bookings required.

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15 days ago

Learn to Massage Your Dog - Sunday, 9th August 2020

Principal Therapist from The Balanced Dog Ltd

Our workshops are back in Level 1!
In this workshop, you’ll learn how to give a full body acupressure massage and understand when it’s okay to massage your dog and when it isn’t. You’ll learn how to observe your dog’s movements (gait) and be ready to start keeping records from your … View more
Our workshops are back in Level 1!
In this workshop, you’ll learn how to give a full body acupressure massage and understand when it’s okay to massage your dog and when it isn’t. You’ll learn how to observe your dog’s movements (gait) and be ready to start keeping records from your massage sessions. Diet, supplements and senior dog care are also discussed. Each dog participating receives a free bag of fresh dog treats and owners a resource pack with useful goodies and samples. Morning tea and nibbles are provided.
We will ask you to complete a series of pre-workshop questions as part of your registration – these will be emailed to you.

This is a hands-on class - each person attends with their own dog. If additional people are required in your party, you will pay for each person. $139 per person; payment is expected at the time of booking via online banking or PayPal. The class is limited to 8 participants and dogs to ensure personal attention and it is not suitable as certification training for those wishing to practice commercially.


Venue: Macfarlane Park Centre
Time: 9:30 am to 12:30 pm

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22 days ago

Hello Fresh refrigerator/chill bags

Principal Therapist from The Balanced Dog Ltd

If you are a Hello Fresh customer and have spare chill bags from your weekly delivery, we would be happy to collect them from you. They will be re-used for shipping our snuffle mats and dog treats to customers.

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29 days ago

4 Paws Marathon - 20th September 2020

Principal Therapist from The Balanced Dog Ltd

The 2nd annual 4 Paws Marathon is going ahead on 20th September 2020 at Bottle Lake. Don't let the name fool you - you and your dog can choose from a 5 km, 10 km, 15 km and half and full marathon walks or runs. You'll love the medal each dog receives upon completion and the goodie bag … View moreThe 2nd annual 4 Paws Marathon is going ahead on 20th September 2020 at Bottle Lake. Don't let the name fool you - you and your dog can choose from a 5 km, 10 km, 15 km and half and full marathon walks or runs. You'll love the medal each dog receives upon completion and the goodie bag which many sponsors contribute towards. The Balanced Dog will be there at the finish line in the dog/human massage tent and also we've written the dog training plans for the event, too.



Set a fitness goal for yourself and your dog; we have assessment bookings available to get your dog started on its training plan. Look forward to spring and start training now.

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45 days ago

Snuffle mats for dogs

Principal Therapist from The Balanced Dog Ltd

Snuffle mats are an enrichment toy for dogs that also serve as a slow feeder for kibble-fed dogs. If your dog needs new activities now that you are back working, you need a snuffle mat. Our snuffle mats are made in Christchurch, machine washable and are $25 each. Make an order of $30 or more … View moreSnuffle mats are an enrichment toy for dogs that also serve as a slow feeder for kibble-fed dogs. If your dog needs new activities now that you are back working, you need a snuffle mat. Our snuffle mats are made in Christchurch, machine washable and are $25 each. Make an order of $30 or more from our website and we will deliver for free in our Christchurch service area. Better yet, book your dog in for a massage and when we come to your home, we'll deliver your snuffle mat order at the same time.

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55 days ago

My Local Like

Principal Therapist from The Balanced Dog Ltd

A big shout out to Merivale-Papanui Vets, one of the few independently owned vet practices left in greater Christchurch. During lockdown, they treated my greyhound twice. And now, in Level 2, they've proven again their standard of care. My elderly greyhound (who completes her walks most … View moreA big shout out to Merivale-Papanui Vets, one of the few independently owned vet practices left in greater Christchurch. During lockdown, they treated my greyhound twice. And now, in Level 2, they've proven again their standard of care. My elderly greyhound (who completes her walks most days in a pram thanks to sore feet), is a sensitive soul with special care needs.

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60 days ago

We're open for your dog

Principal Therapist from The Balanced Dog Ltd

The Balanced Dog's in-home dog massage and physical therapy practice is open for business. Bookings can be made by phoning 027 265 7648 or email info@balanceddog.co.nz


Home is where your heart (and your dog) are...we have a comprehensive safety plan for Alert Level 2 to keep you safe.
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The Balanced Dog's in-home dog massage and physical therapy practice is open for business. Bookings can be made by phoning 027 265 7648 or email info@balanceddog.co.nz


Home is where your heart (and your dog) are...we have a comprehensive safety plan for Alert Level 2 to keep you safe.
Hours: Monday to Friday 1 to 7 pm; Saturday 9 am to 3 pm.

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75 days ago

In-home massage and rehab for your dog

Principal Therapist from The Balanced Dog Ltd

Here's a way to treat the dog in your life and thank them for the companionship and unconditional love they've given you during lockdown. Book them in for a relaxation massage and Kathleen will come to your home in the greater Christchurch area.



We're taking bookings now to … View more
Here's a way to treat the dog in your life and thank them for the companionship and unconditional love they've given you during lockdown. Book them in for a relaxation massage and Kathleen will come to your home in the greater Christchurch area.



We're taking bookings now to start in mid-May, under the assumption that we will be in Level 2 (we are currently closed for hands-on work).



Fear-Free certified and in practice since 2009, your dog will be in capable hands. An hour's relaxation massage in our service area is just $81 and there are vouchers available on our website to make contactless payment easy. Buy your voucher and then book by email or phone. info@balanceddog.co.nz; 027 265 7648


Consults including laser therapy and rehab are also available; these require a review of your dog's vet records and health history and a longer first consult of 90 minutes (at $117).

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83 days ago

Dog toys, treats, snuffle mats and more

Principal Therapist from The Balanced Dog Ltd

We have re-stocked for Level 3 and will be offering free delivery of orders of $30 or more to our Christchurch service area, with Click & Collect from our home in Papanui as well (with times assigned for pick ups to ensure social distancing between customers). All of our treats are made when … View moreWe have re-stocked for Level 3 and will be offering free delivery of orders of $30 or more to our Christchurch service area, with Click & Collect from our home in Papanui as well (with times assigned for pick ups to ensure social distancing between customers). All of our treats are made when the order is received with turnaround of approximately 2-3 days and many of the dogs we supply have special dietary requirements. Support local business - shop online today and we'll have orders ready for Tuesday morning when we're at Level 3.

93 days ago

Greyhound massage and stretching - online course

Principal Therapist from The Balanced Dog Ltd

We've been offering in-person workshops for greyhounds and their parents for 5 years. But we have recently put the finishing touches on this online version. In isolation with your greyhound? Learn and practice the skills at home.

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106 days ago

The Dog Trivia Challenge - a pub quiz for dog lovers at your place on Sunday

Principal Therapist from The Balanced Dog Ltd

Join us on Sunday, 5th April at 4 pm for a dog-themed trivia quiz. You will need to connect via Zoom which is very easy. After the quiz, we'll draw the name of one lucky participant to win a prize pack of our dog treats valued at $30 (to be delivered after the lockdown).
Follow the link to … View more
Join us on Sunday, 5th April at 4 pm for a dog-themed trivia quiz. You will need to connect via Zoom which is very easy. After the quiz, we'll draw the name of one lucky participant to win a prize pack of our dog treats valued at $30 (to be delivered after the lockdown).
Follow the link to book your place - it's only $2 to join. You'll see others who are participating on your screen - time to disconnect the tv and connect with other dog lovers.

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125 days ago

If your pet is home alone and you can't get to them, what will you do?

Principal Therapist from The Balanced Dog Ltd

COVID-19 is not the only emergency you may face as a pet parent. We are using the virus publicity as an opportunity to remind our clients about the need for emergency planning for your pet. (Many people in Christchurch now didn't experience the earthquakes, for example)

For those of you … View more
COVID-19 is not the only emergency you may face as a pet parent. We are using the virus publicity as an opportunity to remind our clients about the need for emergency planning for your pet. (Many people in Christchurch now didn't experience the earthquakes, for example)

For those of you who may live alone with your animals, we have sourced a limited stock of these key chains. Make sure you plan for someone to help your pets if you are unable to do so. $9.50 each plus $1.30 in postage (delivery free to our massage clients and those attending Learn to Massage Your Dog on 22nd March). Msg us here with questions. Email your order and postal address to orders@balanceddog.co.nz

Price: $9.50

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133 days ago

Doggy birthday cakes and more

Principal Therapist from The Balanced Dog Ltd

We've been making doggy birthday cakes for 13 years and we'll help you plan for your dog's birthday. Simply sign up for The Birthday Club (follow the link). It's free to join.



Cake flavours include liver, salmon, honey and apple & banana. For local customers, … View more
We've been making doggy birthday cakes for 13 years and we'll help you plan for your dog's birthday. Simply sign up for The Birthday Club (follow the link). It's free to join.



Cake flavours include liver, salmon, honey and apple & banana. For local customers, there's a frozen cake with peanut butter, banana and yoghurt.

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140 days ago

Learn to Massage Your Dog ***only 3 spaces remaining****

Principal Therapist from The Balanced Dog Ltd

We've been teaching local dog parents in Christchurch the basics of dog massage since 2010.

The next workshop is on Sunday 22 March 2020 from 12:30 pm to 4:30 pm at the Macfarlane Park Centre, Shirley.

In this half-day workshop, you’ll learn how to give a full body acupressure massage … View more
We've been teaching local dog parents in Christchurch the basics of dog massage since 2010.

The next workshop is on Sunday 22 March 2020 from 12:30 pm to 4:30 pm at the Macfarlane Park Centre, Shirley.

In this half-day workshop, you’ll learn how to give a full body acupressure massage and understand when it’s okay to massage your dog and when it isn’t. You’ll learn how to observe your dog’s movements and be ready to start keeping records from your massage sessions. Diet, supplements and senior dog care are also discussed. Each dog participating receives a free bag of fresh dog treats and owners a resource pack with useful goodies. Afternoon tea, too!

Payment is required at time of booking to reserve your place on the course; completion of a pre-course questionnaire is a requirement for attendance (this will be emailed to you).


***Our workshops are for pet parents; they are not for people intending to trade as a professional canine massage or rehab therapist***


Book online at www.balanceddog.co.nz...

Price: $139

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147 days ago

Special offer to Christchurch Bull Breed Rescue adopters

Principal Therapist from The Balanced Dog Ltd

Over the last 10+ years, we've raised funds and sponsored various events to support dog adoption; SPCA, Dogwatch, Greyhounds as Pets and Christchurch Bull Breed Rescue.

We are offering one lucky Christchurch Bull Breed Rescue adopter a chance to attend Learn to Massage Your Dog on 22nd … View more
Over the last 10+ years, we've raised funds and sponsored various events to support dog adoption; SPCA, Dogwatch, Greyhounds as Pets and Christchurch Bull Breed Rescue.

We are offering one lucky Christchurch Bull Breed Rescue adopter a chance to attend Learn to Massage Your Dog on 22nd March for the discounted price of $100 (a 28% discount). This is a hands-on workshop that you attend with your dog. Be the first person to respond to this post with a photo of your CBBR dog. Then, we'll follow up with you with an invoice to pay and a few pre-course questions to confirm your booking.

T&Cs: This prize is not transferable and for the class on 22 March from 12:30 pm to 4:30 pm only You must be available to attend the course with your dog (we introduce dogs outside before going into the classroom and have a limited number of dogs in each class). You must also book and pay within 2 days of winning the competition.

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