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Old 12-06-2010, 03:10 PM   #1
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Smile Video: Ion On Puppy Massage

I mentioned this in another thread and realized describing puppy massage in words is more difficult than just showing it. So I recruited my husband to run the camera and Ion raised his little paw eagerly to demonstrate. (one screw up in the vid: I said shoulder when I meant elbow--your right hand holds the dogs left elbow. Didn't want to reshoot just for that)

Puppy Massage is awesome for dogs of all ages and temperaments; fiesty ones learn to chill on command while more timid ones benefit from security that everything is alright and there is nothing to be afraid of. It teaches them to be confident in being touched and handled, as well as impulse control. The benefits are being able to handle any area of your dog you may need to without them panicking. You can also use it to increase a dog's impulse control later on by working them up to remaining calm in this position while their impulsive trigger is present (that takes time!) I use it with Ash in agility class when he thinks he needs to herd the white poodle. Placing him in the position before the poodle's run is gradually teaching him to cool his jets.

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ALWAYS start in a quiet room with no distractions the first few times!
Once you start, do not stop until the puppy/dog is calm. This is critical.
Be firm when holding them, but gentle. Yes it is a restrain, but it should not hurt them. They should learn this is a position they can trust you in.
Never do this when they are too hyper or too sleepy.
Older dogs (provided no health issues will cause discomfort) can benefit from this too. It's calming, relaxing, contact.
Don't over do it. No need to do 20 reps a day. 1 to 2 should be fine.
Remember, the association is this posture means calm. Done right the dog learns this.

Here's the video, enjoy! Ion sure did
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KuZqBlyGM8k
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Old 12-06-2010, 03:47 PM   #2
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That was excellent! You did a great ob teaching on there too. I can see you easily becoming an instructor in your future.

Good stuff there. I don't think we've ever had a thread on puppy massage, so that's nice to add to the information on this forum.
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Well, I did have a very good assistant. Ion loves his daily massages and eagerly comes to me for them. I learned this technique from his breeder and was practicing it back when Ion first came to me at 8 weeks. At 16 weeks after a recap in puppy class he's just chillin'. All of us in class put our pups in this position while the teacher lectures. This is of course right after the pups have had their play session and a potty break. They are simmering down in our laps. I have seen timid pups absolutely benefit as they learn the sense of security they gain in their owners arms, at the same time the rambunctious ones are learning that when it's time to chill--it's time to chill. No buts. So it's a very good technique, because the praise is snuggling and soothing voices.
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When I get my new PC and faster connection I am going to search on 'video' and watch all that I am missing now!
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LOL! You'll be occupied for days Techie, with all the videos on here! But they're worth it. for learning, for laughs... it's all good.

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Excellent info! He sure is growing up. What a beautiful boy.
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Default heya, howdee.

hey, i'm new here.
my putz has an issue with the acetabulum, between the femur and the hip.
i massaged her since i was in high school.
and she started having worse issues latley.
i wanted to know if you can offer some simple advice on dog massage?
shes about 14 and still can walk a few killometters.
sometimes gotta lift ger.
a small lump just by the solar plexus ribcage.

could you write a small note about stages of dog massage, that would be very helpfull...

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Hrm... well the type of massage listed above isn't so much for therapy as it is for training purposes. The purpose behind the above mentioned video is for teaching puppies and impulsive dogs to learn to be handled and calm down while doing it. Massage for working muscles and tissues is a whole different type of work... which I do with Ashenpaw, my agility Border Collie. But I am far from an expert in that area.
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well thanks,
yeah i'v been thinking about a way to try to help my dog at her age , shes got allot more waiting for her( moving soon)
the thing is she still has some difficulty to walk, at times, cant rollerblade with her any more...

lookin foward to check out this site. kinda missing dog clubs and things like that, my darlin puttz aint that playfull now, with other dogs , only for a few frisky minutes.
eyes aint that good.
well thanks hope to talk again. cheers.

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