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Havanese Massage?

O.K. So I'm the one with the bad back with 2 herniated discs. But last night, I learned to give Maddie a massage! How spoiled is she!! Our last agility session has finished for the holidays, and we had a potluck party. The instructor taught us how to find inflammation in our dogs, muscle spasms, etc. and to massage them. I was surprised to find out that the total massage process takes 45 minutes at least. Of course, Maddie loved it, but by the time I got back up off the floor, my back was killing me. So I guess I'm an official "havanese spoiler" now (like I wasn't before), hee, hee.

I really wish I had known the technique before when my prior Hav was so sick. It might have helped her to relax. Has anyone given their dog a massage before?

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Kodi and Shelby love massages. I guess the answer is yes.

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45 minutes?!?? Will you do me next??

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I've heard about it and watched parts of a few, but I've never been taught.

My dog trainer taught me to use the T-Touch method for an ear massage before starting a class or to use in a place where your dog gets anxious. That seems to sooth most of my dogs most of the time. Tinky, Piaget and Martha all melt when I start on their ears.

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I have never given my boys a massage before, in fact I never even thought about doing it. After reading your post Jeanne I thought to myself what a wonderful way to help them relax after agility, hard play or even special outings. I donít know about anyone else but whenever I bring Riley someplace as soon as we get home he gets all revved up again and ready to go, Monte just falls asleep. Riley is like the energizer bunny that just wont stop. I wonder if I massaged him when we got home if that would help him to calm down and relax? I am definitely going to look into this and look forward to any suggestions others on the forum may have.

Thanks for a wonderful suggestion Jeanne.

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We did some basis massage techniques in one of the obedience classes Sam and I attended. He loves it. It puts him to sleep.

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Just wait till you start trialing for agility. At the big shows, there are always doggy massage people there. We did some techniques but not all out like they do! I have heard just like with humans there are all different nerves for different outcomes you want- might be something to look into! And I bet Dora would love it!


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45 minutes?!?? Will you do me next??
Me too!!!

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Jeanne, what a good Mommy you are. I think you need to go get a massage now

When Tessa was so stressed when we first brought her home the behaviorist I spoke with suggested the ear massage...stroking from the base to the tip. Tessa loves it and I find it calming too. I've been reading some on doggie massage. Massage is good for the health of humans, studies have found that preemies do better with massage, so it would make sense that it would be good for our dogs too.
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I was taught preemie massage when I had Robbie.I still do it for him after his bath.He loves lotion,so it's the perfect time.

Does anyone know how it differs from Preemie to doggie?

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