Dog Training and Massage

Most dog trainers know that training takes time and patience as new patterns of behavior need to be learned by the dog. As these specific training patterns are reinforced with consistency, the many repetitions will reach deep in the neo-cortex of the animal and “train” him for the desired responses.

Trainers recognize that shorter training sessions are better to avoid the animal reaching a brain overload. Regardless of you training a puppy in obedience or training a young dog in the sport of “agility”, fly ball or freezbe, or even training a mature dog for search and rescue, the training period will often cause this animal to be mentally and physically fatigued from the new attitudes and exercises he learns.

You can make a big difference for your pet during his training with two simple, easily applied little massage routines. Here is how.

The Relaxation Massage Routine.
The use of the relaxation massage routine, either in its short or long version, will really benefit your animal by relieving his mental stress. The main effect of the relaxation massage routine is to trigger a parasympathetic response from the central nervous system. This parasympathetic response will decrease stress, alleviate the anxiety level and reduce the fear factor. It will also contribute to enhance the capability of your dog to relax and to focus on the new task.

This relaxation massage routine will take you between 3 to 5 minutes to apply, and its benefits are immediate. Furthermore, the more frequently, the more the animal will quickly respond to it as he subconsciously recognizes the process. A “massage training” sort of response builds in time. For more information on the relaxation massage routine, you can read the free article Relaxation For Your Dog  on the Animal Awareness site (www.animalawareness.com) and visit the video library to select the dvd C004, titled “The Relaxation Massage Routine, Short & Long Version” for visual guidance in the application of the relaxation massage routine.

Using the relaxation massage routine regularly will play a part in your animal learning curve, often resulting in a better response time to the new information process.

Full Body Massage Routine

Giving your dog a full body massage will achieve many positive things to assist him during his training process. The full body massage will also contribute to relieve stress in your dog by loosening his muscles. Massaging his entire body will increase blood and lymph fluid circulation throughout for a better oxygenation and nutrient supply and removal of toxins. This overall massage will result in a general relaxation of your dog’s body. Another good benefit of the full body massage is that it will also help the young dog become “body aware” as you will palpate all aspects of his anatomy, from the tip of his ears to the tip of his tail and paws.

For more information on the full body massage routine, you can read the free article Canine Massage Simplified on the Animal Awareness site (www.animalawareness.com) and visit the video library to select the dvd C006, titled “The Full Massage Routine” for visual guidance in the application of the relaxation massage routine.

To complete your massage work with some gentle and simple stretching exercise involving the limbs, neck and back will further the relaxation benefit. Furthermore,

Regular stretching will maintain your dog’s overall flexibility and will give you precious feedback on how he is doing. For more information on stretching exercises, you can read the free article Stretching Your Dog on the Animal Awareness site (www.animalawareness.com) and visit the video library to select the dvd C007, titled “Stretching General – Neck, Back, Limbs” for visual guidance in the application of the relaxation massage routine.

Regular application of either the relaxation massage routine or the full body massage routine, or both, coupled with some gentle stretching exercises will strengthen your dog’s overall wellness and happiness and will be a great factor in the success of your training.

 

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