121 Animal Therapy

The Ridings,
Level Mare Lane
West Sussex,
PO20 3SA
Tel: 01243 543121

Opening Hours

  • 08:30am - 21:00pm
  • 08:30am - 21:00pm
  • 08:30am - 21:00pm
  • 08:30am - 21:00pm
  • 08:30am - 21:00pm
  • 08:30am - 20:00pm
  • 10.00am - 18.00pm

October 2018

An urgent request from Hannah Capon at CAM (www.caninearthritis.co.uk)

Hey an amazing bunch of people that I have met along my short journey with CAM....

We are determined to remain independent and intent on keeping this resource going for the public and their dogs... but it is tough... really tough.

  • Unpaid hours and hours of work.
  • Long journeys for a token gesture
  • Many evenings at wits end



JUST 5 TICKETS - £10 - (if you want to buy more then I would love you forever)

PAYPAL - This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. is all you need to do!!!

Please ask all dog loving friends and family to just contribute something... as everything counts at the moment.... we are making head way... but it is hard work.

please please please support this innovative way to improve awareness and understanding of chronic pain in dogs....



Hannah Capon

Director of CAM and CASS

April 2016

Poem contributed by Oscar's owner Jo Cox.


Bibbly Bubbly Water!

In the warmth of a spa, My aches just fade away,

The bibbly bubbly water, Tickling my array!

It soothes those naughty knots, Deep within my joints and bones,

It irons out the wrinkly bits, And gives off Pheromones!

And then it's time to work, In a pool just made for me,

I push my little paws so hard, They dance for all to see!

I pant and puff and feel the burn, In muscles that had past,

I never thought I'd say this guy's, But get me in that spa!

I know that this is good for me, It keeps me right as reign,

It helps to stop those achy bits, And keeps me out of pain!

So thank you for the hydro pool,

And thank you for the spa,

And thank you for the lovely time,

You super duper star!

April 2015 - New Treadmill

We hope to take delivery of our new K9Surf underwater treadmill in May. We are very excited about this as it is longer than our current one and will make the treatment of larger breeds easier. It will also come with an uphill and downhill facility. Anyone interested in buying the current Westcoast underwater treadmill should contact Jane directly on 01243 543121.

March 2015 - Bear and Edmond

Bear and Edmond

Bear & Edmund are a lovely pair of eight year old Labradors who desperately need a new loving family home together because their family has emigrated and can't take them. They are in good health and are very well trained with amazing temperaments. They are easy off the lead, love swimming and chasing balls and will happily sleep all day! If you could offer them a home please contact Labrador Lifeline Trust. Or phone Pennie on 02392 253293.

July 2010 - Oliver wins Best in Show

Oliver wins best in show

Here's a picture of 121 client, Oliver, at the Midland and West Great Dane Club. He came first in three classes and then won Best Dog in Show, Reserve Best in Show and Best Opposite Sex out of a total entry of 68 dogs!

May 2010 - December Newsletter On Line Now

We've just put our December newsletter on line. Lots of 121 news and interesting information about hydrotherapy. Not to be missed! If you haven't read it or would like another read, download it below.

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4th March 2010 - Dry Hydrotherapy Massage Bed

Dry massage bed

We've added to our facilities with an Aquamed 100 Dry Hydrotherapy Massage Bed for humans! It offers a resilient and comfortable barrier between patient and water and is fully customizable to individual needs. To find out more download a printable pamphlet below.

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23rd February 2010 - Harry - Star of the month!

Congratulations to Harry B who has now got down to 39.8kgs.  Harry started at over 50 kgs and with a combination of diet, exercise and hydrotherapy has lost well over 10 kgs!  His next target is 35kgs. Keep it up Harry!

3rd February 2010 - Staff vacancies

We are often asked if we can offer jobs to those needing work experience or on a more permanent basis. Spaces are limited due to the service levels that we aim to maintain, but you are always welcome to put your name on the waiting list subject to meeting our entry level qualifications. Contact Jane for further information.

3rd February 2010 - Tellington TTouch 2 day training

Due to the success of Toni's course last year we hope to hold another course this year. Please phone or email to put your name on the list for those wishing to attend.

CPD certificates will be available for veterinary nurses if required.

1st February 2010 - Show season is beginning - we might be able to increase the chances of you winning

Dry tread mill

Our new Dry Room which houses our Dry Treadmill is now available to hire. It has the ability to target specific muscle groups to get your dog into top show or performance condition.

Has your dog been beaten by one with better muscle tone?

Ideal for show dogs, agility dogs and other working dogs.

Try a course on the Dry Treadmill to improve their ranking. Includes flatwork, uphill and downhill work. Suitable for Chihuahuas to Terriers, Spaniels to Collies, Labradors to Schnauzers, Greyhounds to Great Danes, Wolfhounds to Newfoundlands.

Contact us now to arrange to come and see our facilities and find out what program is most suitable for your dog’s requirements.

10th January 2010 - Wanted Veterinary Nurse or someone with similar qualifications / experience / interests.

Position will be on a self employed basis joining our therapy team dealing largely with dogs. Must have own transport. Call for further details or to arrange an interview.

1st January 2010 - Happy New Year to all our customers, past, present and future!

We hope the New Year proves to be a Happy, Healthy and Prosperous one. Let us know if you haven't had a copy of our latest newsletter.

25th December 2009 Happy Christmas to one and all!


9th September 2009 - 2 day Tellington Touch Workshop

We now have dates for the long awaited 2 day Tellington Touch Workshop with Toni Shelbourne.  24th October 2009 is day 1 and 14th November 2009 is day 2. The location will be The Dog Barn at Aldingbourne. Contact Jane to book or for more details. Please note there are limited places which will be offered on a first come first served basis. CPD certificates will be available for veterinary nurses who attend.

The Workshop - This two day workshop is designed to give you practical skills to help your own dog. Over the 2 days you will get a taster of all the TTouch tools including body work, ground work and specialised equipment.

The Practitioner - Toni Shelbourne has been working professionally with animals for over 20 years. She has been involved with TTouch for the past 12 years and was trained by Linda Tellington Jones and other top instructors. She is now one of the highest qualified companion animal practitioners in the UK and in 2004 decided to enhance her work by dual qualifying as an equine practitioner. She also works with captive wolves at the UK Wolf Conservation Trust where she is a senior handler and runs their education programmes.

8th September 2009 - Dry Hydrotherapy Massage Bed

The Aquamed dry hydrotherapy massage bed is going through its initial testing period and we hope to have it available for bookings from 14th September 2009.

31st August 2009 - Dry Treadmill working

The Fit Fur Life dry treadmill is now operational! This will really help owners who have working or show dogs that they need to get fully fit. It will also give a stepping stone for dogs after hydrotherapy where the need arises.

August 2009

Kenny continues with the dry room refurbishment in between customers.

31st July 2009  Have a good flight!

Hope the flight goes well for Cathy, Jack and Lucy who are going to meet Steve "Down Under".  Make sure you all come back to visit when you come over on holiday.

10th July 2009 - Good luck to the Nash family

Congratulations on the sale of your house. Nash Bash was great!

Best of luck with your move to Australia. We will all (2 & 4 legged staff and customers) miss you. An extra special thank you to Cathy who has always been there to support us whatever the circumstances.  Are you really sure that it'll take you too long to run down the road in your wetsuit from Oz to help swim Oliver???

13th June 2009 Massage Course

Lisa Robinson will be holding her ever popular massage course at the Dog Barn, Aldingbourne today.  Contact Lisa to book.

June 2009 - Brochure

We've added a printable brochure, location map and and other information to our 121 forms page. Have a look. Then print out what you want so you have a handy, printed copy of the 121 Animal Therapy information you need.

Happy Easter!

We hope you all have a Happy Easter. 

Remember that human chocolate Easter Eggs can, in extreme cases, kill dogs if they eat them. 

Please be vigilant and make sure this doesn't happen to your pet.

Chiropractic Clinic

Vav Simon is due to be coming to hold a Chiropractic Clinic here. 

She is well known and respected in her field. 

Please let us know ASAP if you have a dog or horse that you want her to see so that they can all be done on the same day.

Fastest swimmer on first visit!

Much to everyone's surprise Rosie a mini Yorkie appears to go like a torpedo!  Blink and you'll miss her!

Flectabed and Posturepal bedding now available

Samples in stock. 

Flectabed is the "central heating for pets" bedding.  Posturepal is the Memory foam bedding.

Both types of bed can be ordered from us and you can either have them delivered to your home address or you can collect from us on your next visit.  Please ask for sizes / prices / leaflets.

New photo gallery!

Visit our new Swimming Team photo gallery

Happy New Year to all our pets, owners, friends and helpers

Thank you all

For the cards and gifts you gave us for Christmas.

Happy Birthday Lisa

We all hope you have a great birthday despite having it on Christmas Day! 

Merry Christmas

Best wishes for Christmas from all of us at 121.  We hope you enjoy the festive period and look forward to seeing you and your pets soon again.  Take extra care on the roads as others are often not as careful as we'd like.

Christmas Opening

The hydrotherapy unit will be closed from 1.00 pm on 23rd December and will reopen on 28th December.  Please book early to get your preferred time during the holiday period.

1st December 2008 Watch Kirrie on youtube


Kirrie is our youngest client - just 6 months old and really enjoys chasing tennis balls in the pool!  Use the link above to see her on youtube.

29th November 2008 - Well done Lisa!

A well presented introduction to "Canine massage in veterinary medicine".  I think everybody enjoyed the day.  Please let Lisa know if you are interested in further veterinary or veterinary nurse CPD dates, each of which will be on different subjects throughout 2009.  Requests for specific topics welcome.

I know many pet owners are also interested in a canine massage day, so please make sure we know that you are interested and we'll let you know when we have a day lined up for you!

7th November 2008 - Happy Birthday Cathy

All of you who know Cathy (veterinary nurse) will I'm sure join us to wish Cathy a very happy birthday. You will see Cathy in some of the pictures with Oliver (the Great Dane).  Oliver and I will try not to work you too hard today!!

6th November 2008 - Dogwise Links

Why not check out the dogwise links on the website.  There are some really useful books, videos etc. and despite coming from USA they don't usually take very long to arrive!

2nd November - CPD for Veterinary Surgeons and for Veterinary Nurses - 29/11/2008 10am - 5pm

Lisa Robinson VN, PGC A phys, NAVP - our in house physiotherapist - will be speaking on "Canine massage in veterinary medicine", a one day practical introduction. This will give you 5.5 hrs CPD and will only cost you £70 inclusive of lunch and refreshments. To book please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Space will be limited so book early to avoid disappointment.

1st November 2008 - Maizy - our latest star!

Maizy Robinson is a three year old Miniature Schnauzer who came to us after having been diagnosed with FCE (Fibrocartilagenous Embolism), which initially paralysed her hind legs. She has been coming to 121 where she has used the surfboard, the water treadmill and the spa. Her owner Julia and family have worked extremely hard with her at home where, I'm told, she now surfs to Olympic standard in the bath! She also has a very specific exercise regime to help back up the work we have done here with her. I am glad to report that she has made massive progress thanks to their continued work with her. She and they really are all stars!

Go to the video page, under the Gallery menu above, and Maizy will demonstrate the walker for you!

14th October 2008 - Goodbye Toby

Sadly Toby Pal had to be euthanaised due to liver / kidney failure. He will be greatly missed, not only by his owners, but also by all of us who knew him - he really was a great character. He will keep his position as the star of our surfing video for which we will all remember him! At least he really seemed to thrive for his last 6 months. We won't forget you Toby.

24th September 2008- New Floor finished

We are very pleased to announce that our new floor is now down and seems to be a great success! So far it seems to be totally non-slip and the dogs like the idea that they no longer need to go up a ramp to shower!

24th September - New Floor finished

We are very pleased to announce that our new floor is now down and seems to be a great success! So far it seems to be totally non-slip and the dogs like the idea that they no longer need to go up a ramp to shower!

20th September 2008 - Small Dog Surfing Video On Line Now!

We continue to be successful with the small dog surfing programme. To learn all about it, visit the 121 Animal Therapy Video Page.

3rd September 2008 - New Floor

Please remember that we will be closed from 16/09/2008 - 21/09/2008 while our new floor is being laid! Make sure you're booked in around these dates. We hope this will not cause too much inconvenience to our hydrotherapy customers. Our other services will continue as normal during that week.

23rd August 2008 - New: Rogue's Gallery!

Yes, it's on line at last. For an insight into the fun side of 121 Animal Therapy don't forget to visit the Rogue's Gallery!

17th August 2008 - Deep Tissue Hydro-Massage


We have now tried this new process and initial results appear to be very promising, with the ability to attach our massage hose for specific deep tissue therapy. This feature is excellent for scar tissue manipulation, myofascial release, deep muscle massage, overall pain management and relaxation.


  •   » Improved circulation
  •   » Lactic acid flushing
  •   » Muscle relaxation
  •   » Scar tissue manipulation
  •   » Myofascial release
  •   » Deep penetrating muscle massage.

We will continue to monitor and leave feedback on this.

13th August 2008 - Small Dog Surfing


We are starting to see success with our small dog surfing program - remember to look at the "rogues gallery" for the latest photos!

1st August 2008 - Aquamat Dog Towels as seen at Crufts

are now available.  These are the ones you've seen us use that just soak up the water and can be wrung out repeatedly and are also machine washable.  Size 70 cm x 50 cm.  Colours - Blue or Orange.  Price £3.50 each or 3 for £10.  RRP £5.99 each.  Remember to buy one for your dog when you visit.

15th July 2008 - Beware of dog thieves

Dog thieves seem to be operating across the country stealing dogs to order.  This is not only if you leave your dog in your garden, but also if they are out for a walk.  One lady went into undergrowth to find her dog and saw her dog had been picked up by a woman, who was trying to get away with it - luckily the owner got the dog back on this occasion.

Another case was nearing dusk when people in a van tried to snatch a dog from its owner - this was thwarted when someone came to the assistance of the owner.

Make sure you pay extra attention to your dog whenever it would be possible for it to be stolen.  Ask your veterinary surgeon about microchipping your pets.

9th July 2008 - Firework Phobia Evening 7.30pm Start


This event is taking place at Sussex Canine Centre, Unit 20, Cliffe Industrial Estate, South Street, Lewes, East Sussex, BN8 6JL and will start at 7.30 pm sharp so please arrive early. There will be guest speakers including one from DAP and also one from the Holistic Veterinary Medical Centre at the Village Works in East Hoathley who are a Homeopathic Veterinary Practice.  I will also be giving a presentation on behalf of the Advanced Canine Behaviour Students. If you are able to attend it would be helpful if you could contact us by fax 01243 545991, phone 01273 487362 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Teach your dog to relax and have a stress free time when the fireworks begin.

The study is organized by students from Sussex Canine Centre's Canine Behaviour Department.

Any funds raised by the students will go to The Arc Foundation.

4th July 2008 - Underwater Camera

We have almost got the underwater camera up and running now.  It still needs a few finishing touches but is proving useful to enable us to see what the dog's legs are doing while they're in the pool.  We are also able to record and send a copy on DVD to the veterinary surgeon.

We have also started a rogues gallery.  Your additions would be welcome!  We hope to have one online soon too!

We have heard that there is a lot of kennel cough about at the moment so suggest you check with your veterinary surgeon to see if innoculation would be in order.

Veterinary surgeons, veterinary nurses and receptionists - remember you are welcome to make an appointment to come and see our facilities. Just give us a call on 01243 543121.

28th May 2008 - Star of the Month

The star of the month this month has to be Buddy.

About 7 weeks ago Buddy's owners got up one morning to find one hind leg had stopped working, this was followed very shortly by the other one. There was no obvious cause - the veterinary surgeons did countless tests and took X-rays but were unable to find the root of the cause. He spent a considerable time at the Veterinary Surgery, was then given steroids and his owners had to take him in twice a day for catheterization.

When he first arrived at 121 Animal Therapy he was hardly able to use his hind legs at all. His owners were using a "sling for support" which meant they were carrying the weight all the time they took him for exercise. Their love and will for Buddy to succeed have made all the difference to his recovery. He has been using the water treadmill twice a week, supplemented with sessions in the spa. He is now walking totally unaided (and running whenever he gets the chance). Jo and Karli get him to do different land based exercises and the combined result is a resounding success!

Congratulations to Buddy, Karli and Jo - you really are all stars!

May 2008 - Veterinary Open Days

We held successful open days on the May Bank Holiday weekend and on 10th May. Visitors saw our facilities and had their questions answered on a 121 basis.

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