Massage workshops — how did we massage our Australian Labradoodles

In the ani­mal world, the first thing that bitch does when her pups are born, is lic­king them from heads to toes. Her ton­gue pro­vi­des them with an ini­tial pic­ture of them­se­lves. In addi­tion, if the lit­ter con­si­sts of few pup­pies that con­stan­tly rub aga­inst each other, try­ing first steps, every mil­li­me­ter of their bodies absorbs fur­ther know­ledge about what they are and how they func­tion. This enhan­ces the for­ma­tion of their ove­rall self-image “
quoted Ruthy Alon
On 17 of March, we took apart in work­shops “Rela­xing mas­sage for dogs” held by the 4 Paws Aca­demy in War­saw. It was mas­sage mode­led on Shantal’s mas­sage.
It con­ta­ins the basic blocks of buil­ding bond between care­gi­ver and his pet. The dog disco­vers that a man can be sen­si­tive and deli­cate, gets to know his body, learns to relax tense musc­les. The bene­fit for the owners is a great oppor­tu­nity to come into con­tact with a dog: get to know him, his reac­tions, the thre­shold of sen­si­ti­vity as well as to reco­gnize the sta­tes of ten­sion and rela­xa­tion. That new valu­able skill of appro­priate response to stress­ful situ­ations beco­mes a per­ma­nent part of dog’s defense arse­nal. The abi­lity of con­scious rela­xa­tion is very use­ful if it comes to mana­ging various stres­ses.
Touching is con­tact. For human and ani­mal touch is impor­tant in life. It resto­res con­fi­dence, brings warmth, ple­asure, com­fort, rene­wes life for­ces. It tells us that we are not alone.
During the work­shop we lear­ned com­pre­hen­sive canine mas­sage — chest, abdo­men, legs, snout, tail, back and ears. Mas­sa­ging spe­ci­fic areas of the body has mul­ti­ple effects:
– Chest Mas­sage: a posi­tive effect on the lungs’ work, sti­mu­la­tion of the heart, sti­mu­la­tes cir­cu­la­tion, rela­xes
– Abdo­mi­nal mas­sage: sti­mu­la­tes dige­stion sys­tem, impro­ves the ope­ra­tion of the inte­stine
– Mas­sage of the fore­limb: eli­mi­na­tes muscu­lar ten­sion, rela­xes joints, sti­mu­la­tes cir­cu­la­tion, rela­xes
– Mas­sage hind limb: eli­mi­na­tes ten­sion, loosens the joints, sti­mu­la­tes cir­cu­la­tion, streng­thens bones,
– Mas­sage of the spine + tail: streng­thens back musc­les, redu­ces ten­sion in the neck, back and rump, rela­xes
– Mas­sage of the muz­zle + ears: rele­ases ten­sion, incre­ases blood cir­cu­la­tion, redu­ces heada­ches, soothes, relaxes

It is worth to men­tion ano­ther posi­tive effect of mas­sage — I assure you that the bene­fits of it (in the form of calm­ness and rela­xa­tion) also applies to the mas­sage giver.

The work­shop was an unfor­get­ta­ble expe­rience, pic­tu­res below.

Massage training

Mas­sage training

Massage training

Mas­sage training

Massage training

Mas­sage training

Massage training

Mas­sage training

Massage training

Mas­sage training

Massage training

Mas­sage training

Massage training

Mas­sage training

Massage training

Mas­sage training

Massage training with Labradoodle Donnan.

Mas­sage tra­ining with Labra­do­odle Donnan.

Massage training with labradoodle Donnan

Mas­sage tra­ining with labra­do­odle Donnan

Massage training with Labradoodle

Mas­sage tra­ining with Labradoodle

Massage training

Mas­sage training

Massage training

Mas­sage training

Just after that we deci­ded to try the tech­ni­que on a variety of pup­pies in a dif­fe­rent phase of the cri­ti­cal period of deve­lop­ment. Here are pho­tos and video:

Labradoodle belly massage

Labra­do­odle belly massage

Massaging Labradoodle Puppies

Mas­sa­ging Labra­do­odle Puppies

Massaging Australian Labradoodle pups

Mas­sa­ging Austra­lian Labra­do­odle pups

Massaging Australian Labradoodle pups

Mas­sa­ging Austra­lian Labra­do­odle pups

Labradoodles being massaged

Labra­do­odles being massaged

Labradoodle puppy massage

Labra­do­odle puppy massage

Labradoodle puppy massage

Labra­do­odle puppy massage

Labradoodle puppies massaged

Labra­do­odle pup­pies massaged

Labradoodle puppies massage

Labra­do­odle pup­pies massage

Labradoodle puppies being massaged

Labra­do­odle pup­pies being massaged

Labradoodle puppies being massaged

Labra­do­odle pup­pies being massaged

Labradoodle puppies and massage

Labra­do­odle pup­pies and massage

VIDEO:

VIDEO Puppy Mas­sage (Austra­lian Labradoodles)

Jedną rzecz wiem na pewno. Masaż na stałe zago­ści w pro­gra­mie socja­li­za­cyj­nym szcze­niąt naszych Austra­lij­skich Labradoodle.

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Wlo­chata Pasja
Pro­fes­sio­nal Austra­lian Labra­do­odle Ken­nel in Poland

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