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Paws On Activities

Bring your pet and check out our Paws On Activity Area featuring seminars by top veterinarians and industry experts. (Seminars in the people and Pet Cafe in Hall B) Let your pet try out the lure course (with proceeds to PADS) Treat your pet to a FREE massage acupressure or Reiki session. Let your pet chat with our animal communicator, Dale McCarthy. You can even get your pet's caricature done. Check it out just beyond the lure course in the second hall!

Acupressure with Heather Schamehorn of North Shore Acupressure
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Heather Schamehorn, Acupressurist

Acupressure is a non-invasive technique using gentle finger pressure on key points along energy meridians to release blockages and balance energy. "When energy is in balance, the body can heal itself".

Heather began training in acupressure after seeing the transformation that occurred after treatment of "Shasta", a wolf x dog, that had suffered trauma, came into her life.
Heather is celebrating the completion of one full cycle of the Chinese zodiac since her adventure into animal acupressure began. She began training in the YEAR OF THE DOG in 2006 at the Center for Jin Shin Do with teacher Ron Pankratz. She has continued with ongoing training, recently studying with Jin Shin Do founder Iona Marsa, completing courses in transe, trauma and PTSD in 2017. She often works as part of a care team with veterinarians and veterinary chiropractors. Having grown up on a farm, animal care has been a part of her life since she was old enough to walk. She lives and works in North Vancouver where the ease of access to the mountains and forest provide a wonderful environment for living and working with animals. Heather enjoys telemark skiing, snowboarding, gardening and swimming with dogs.

Come over to Booth #427 to see what Acupressure can do for your pet!

North Shore Acupressure's Website

BC Assoc.of Animal Massage - Enjoy for a FREE PET MASSAGE!
֍ Ongoing Throughout the Show

Is your dog showing signs of stiffness or slowing down? Are they participating in a dog sport? Or maybe recovering from an injury or surgery? Then animal massage therapy may be what you need. Animal massage therapy uses a variety of manual techniques to improve mobility and decrease the pain associated with aging, sports or injury. Our professional members provide exceptional animal massage therapy to support your companion animal through all life stages

As an integral part of your dog's wellness team, our members work closely with the Veterinarians as advocates for you and your dog to help provide the best possible programmes to assist you in ensuring that your dogs continue to enjoy their lives, activities, sports and family life to the fullest.

The British Columbia Association of Animal Massage & Bodywork Professionals promotes professionalism through education, self-development; and the creation and maintaining of regulated standards for Animal Massage and Bodywork Providers. By choosing one of our members your are assured of a professional, well trained and insured practitioner. Learn the benefits of massage for your precious pet the BC Association of Animal Massage & Bodywork Professionals will be available throughout the show in our paws on activity area.

BCAAMBP Website

Come Experience a Reiki Session with Certified Reiki Master and Dog Trainer, Sarah Janzen!

Sarah received her Dog Trainer Diploma in 2013 from Animal Behavioral College and continues to work with pet owners to improve the lives of their pets in Vancouver and surrounding areas. Sarah also has a degree in Psychology and a diploma in Addiction Counselling. Before finding her passion for working with animals, she worked with adults with disabilities.

During Dog training sessions, Sarah noticed that many of the dogs she worked with had physical and emotional issues training could not alleviate. She wanted to discover a deeper and more lasting way to help these animals heal. She received her Reiki Masters Training and has not looked back!

Sarah is constantly amazed by the effects of Reiki and how well animals respond to this healing energy. She is honored at each opportunity to use this amazing technique to heal people's four-legged best friends!

Sarah Janzen's website