• Dogs do not demonstrate discomfort or pain in a way that can be easily translated by us humans, so we often miss that they are physically struggling. Understanding that making some very simple changes to our homes, activities, exercise regimes and how we train our puppies, will have a massive positive impact on our dogs' lives.

    Using her world-renowned Galen Myotherapy knowledge and approach, Robertson suggests and explains in detail how small, profoundly important but easy to implement changes can improve the way we not only look after and develop our puppies but also how maintenance of this easy programme continues your puppy’s journey through into healthy adolescents and maturity.

    Environment, exercise and activity habits have deep, ongoing effects and How to Build a Puppy explores ways in which positive change can be integrated easily into our normal lives. The book culminates into a full programme called the Galen Myotherapy Puppy Physical Development Programme©.


    • A dedicated section on anatomy, explaining in a functional way how everything in the body interrelates to form a functional moving structure
    • Practical advice that is made logical and easy to interpret,by the use of clear comparative descriptions as well as clear diagrams and pictures showing dogs movement and biomechanics.
    • Exercises and activities in a practical programme, for all situations, that can be followed to help build good foundations
    • A full pictorial explanation of why so many 'traditional' exercise routines and activities are in fact incredibly damaging for our dogs.

    This book will help canine professionals better advise their clients, but also empower all readers to make their own changes, as well as having a better all-round understanding to enable more pertinent questions from their vet, breeder, or puppy trainer.

  • Introduction.

    1. Why is Giving Correct Exercise and Activity to your Puppy so Important?

    2. Canine Anatomy - A Working Knowledge of How a Dog is Structured.

    3. The Physical Constituents of a ‘Joined Up Puppy’.

    4. Building your Puppy using the Galen Puppy Physical Development Programme©.

    5. Categories Involved with the Puppy’s Development.

    6. Part A: Early Puppy Development. Part B: Preparing the Home Environment.

    7. What Not to Do! Unsuitable Activities and Why.

    8. Equipment.

    9.Puppy Massage.

    10. Additional Useful Information. Recommended Reading. References.


  • Julia Robertson

    Established Galen Therapy Centre in 2002 and since then has worked tirelessly to improve dogs lives and their health. In this time she has treated over 8,000 dogs and trained hundreds of people in Galen Myotherapy techniques. Julia was one of the very first in the UK to understand and treat the effects of adaptive change (or muscular compensation) in dogs and through years of dedication has learned that trends, patterns of behaviour and physical changes occur in a dog when they are suffering with muscular pain. This quantification of the nature of the changes has now been formalised into the Galen Comfort Scale©, which is being used in the many studies and treatments that Galen are involved in. In late 2019 they changed their organisational name from 'Galen Therapy Centre' to 'Galen Myotherapy'. Julia speaks all around the world and runs an International Schools program.