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Book Review; Like Chiropractic for Elephants

February 25th, 2013 at Mon, 25th, 2013 at 1:54 pm by Diane Rich

How Animal Chiropractic Can Change  Your (And Your Animal’s) World

By Dr. Rod Block

c Diane Rich 2013
Chase always likes a good read before bedtime

I receive products and books to review and am trying to get to them all. I will start with this book by Dr. Rod Block who received a Doctorate in Chiropractic in 1969.  Dr. Block is board certified in Animal Chiropractic by the American Veterinary Chiropractic Association.

Although my blog is primarily about dogs which Dr. Block covers in his book he has had interesting experiences with elephants and is a member of the International Association of Elephant Managers.   Dr. Block shares his experiences performing chiropractic care to a variety of species and this approach to healing is something of interest to me.  I believe in integrated medicine for both humans or animals.

Our society has become one that demands quick fixes and many people believe someone can bring a magic wand to a behavioral modification session or into the exam room to fix the animal. If  the Vet or trainers’ scientific approach is not working maybe it is time to find a professional who can connect with your pet on a different level to help facilitate healing.  Some animal experts may include what Dr Block calls intuitive thinking when working with animals and if an outcome is successful the animal’s owner may think a magic wand was involved.

So, when I read through Dr. Block’s book I felt somewhat of a connection. Non-traditional approaches to Veterinary health care or addressing behavior issues are based in science. An intuitive thinking practitioner has the ability to shut off the scientific inner chat and allow that intuitive thinking to kick in.

Intuitive thinking may seem a little woo woo to scientific thinkers or those demanding the quick fix since it may take a little time for that professional to connect with the animal. This connection may only take a few seconds, a few minutes or longer but once the information is given by that animal rather than taken by the practitioner healing can begin.

When Dr. Block has a new case he observes what he calls flow in that animal and that information helps him pinpoint where he feels energy has been blocked. This information guides him where on the animal he can attempt to unblock the energy flow so the body can begin healing.

I don’t think his book is for everyone.  However, if integrated animal care such as chiropractic is something of interest and you believe in or experienced your own intuitive thinking with animals, then this quick read is something you may enjoy.

Some Vets and trainers have a gift that allows them to connect with your animal and employ the art of intuitive thinking to help facilitate healing of the mind and or body to help the total animal.  This gift of connection, to me is an art and something I do not believe one can learn in a class unless someone is open to it.   I feel it is a sense, something from within that gives us the ability to actually connect with an animal we are helping.

You can contact Dr. Block @ or 949-400-5100.

I like this quote from Helen Keller; “The best and most beautiful things in the world cannot be seen or even touched. They must be felt with the heart.” Helen Keller

Woo Woo Woofs,
Diane Rich Dog Training, LLC






I have been training dogs and their people for over 25 years. I work with pups from 7 weeks old to senior plus dogs and offer basic obedience to advanced off leash training both privately and group classes. Other services include behavior consultations to help both ends of the leash with everything from aggression, puppy/dog manners and public manners to separation anxiety. As a "real world" dog trainer, I take training out of the classroom or home when both the pet and family are ready, and take training to the street. I also offer pet therapy training classes preparing both the handler and dog for their therapy test and future service as a therapy team. I also coordinate several pet therapy programs in the Seattle area. My complete bio, description of services, class dates and on line class registration is listed on my website at

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