Do you massage your dog? Further down are some tips for using it with your dog training. First, here are some books on how to massage your dog. I thought it was interesting that one of the books focuses on stretching your dog as a form of physical therapy you can do. It’s published by Dogwise, and they do really good books.
Healing Touch for Dogs: The Proven Massage ProgramCanine Massage: A Complete Reference ManualThe Complete Dog Massage Manual: Gentle Dog CareThe Healthy Way to Stretch Your Dog: A Physical Therapy Approach (Dogwise Manual)The Dog Lover’s Guide to Massage: What Your Dog Wants You to KnowDog Massage: A Whiskers-to-Tail Guide to Your Dog’s Ultimate Petting Experience
Four Tips on Using Dog Massage
- Use a bit of firm massage around your dog’s neck as a reward after clicking sometimes, combined with praise.You can use this instead of food at times–how often depends on how much your dog likes massage, but it is good for the dog not to always expect that his rewards will be food treats.
- To promote overall well-being, give your dog a good massage every week. This will help with his general level of relaxation, and we learn better when relaxed.
- When you are watching TV with your dog, go down on the floor with him (or invite him up onto the sofa with you, if he is allowed there) and casually rub him, in the direction his fur grows for the most part.
- Teach your dog to accept toenail clipping more gracefully by massaging his paws before you start and in between doing each paw.
Naturally, do be alert to your dog’s signals to you that he isn’t comfortable with something you are doing. In that case, back off to something he does like for the time being. Dog massage should be a pleasure to you and your friend, whether used for dog training or for its own sake.