How This Dalmatian Puppy Can Change Your Dog Training

For many years I have been a proponent of massaging your dog for better puppy training.

I believe that good dog training can help treat dog aggression, fear, and anxiety among several other conditions.

Actually, I think it makes any dog; a better dog.

Look at how relaxed that puppy is by touch

Don’t you agree that it would be beneficial to not only teach all dogs to enjoy human touch like this, but also to teach them to fully relax their bodies like this puppy has?

I can only assume that this masseuse is this puppy’s breeder.

And, let me tell you how lucky her prospective puppy buyers are!

I Wish Everyone Taught Their Puppies to Relax Like This

Not all dogs or puppies are relaxed by touch.

There are actually dogs that don’t like being touched or petted.

And, there are dogs that get totally over stimulated by touch.

Both of these examples bring dogs are difficult to live around.

We all want a social dog that likes touch and affection.

You Can Actually Teach Your Dog to Relax on Cue

And, you can actually teach your dog or puppy to relax on cue.

Some people use a verbal cue or command to help get their dogs to relax.

Some people only use a physical cue.

And, some utilize both.

But any adept trainer learns how to incorporate massage and relaxation into their training program.

Just like I can excite my dog or build his drive, I can also teach him to relax himself on cue.

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I Start with the Ears

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I start with a circular motion on the tip.

Then I begin to move to the other ear.

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Then I work my way to the rest of the body of the dog.

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I mean, who wouldn’t want to be this dog?  You can see by the way she rolls her eyes back into her head, that she truly enjoys her massage.

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Teaching your dog to fully relax like this, teaches him how to slow his breathing, slow his heart rate and otherwise calm down just like meditation and yoga can teach a human to control his thoughts and body functions.

Meditation and biofeedback is a common form of therapy for anxiety disorders such as panic attacks, post traumatic stress disorder, and even obsessive compulsive behaviors.

I am a firm believer that we can also use these techniques on our dogs to help with their anxieties, aggression disorders, and other behavior problems.

But it takes time!

How long would it take you to work through PTSD, Anxiety or a Phobia?

It is not exactly a quick fix proposition.

I have a few phobias and let me tell you it would take some major time and training for me to be covered in spiders.

So if you have a dog with serious issues, don’t be impatient and don’t give up.

When I wrote a similar article, I remember someone commenting that they didn’t have time to do this kind of training.

With the right training, and consistency just a simple touch or a cue from you can help your dog relax even when his trigger is in the picture.

Getting Started

You will need to devote about 20 minutes twice a day to massaging your dog in a quiet and distraction free environment.

I know how busy you are!  We all are very busy people and time is precious.

But I know having a fear free dog or a dog with less aggression or behavior problems also has a serious pay off!

Anything worth having takes time and effort.

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Once your dog enjoys and looks forward to your massage sessions (like this dog in the video), you may begin to add small distractions and work your massage into different settings.

If you add places and distractions, slowly, you will see the power of massage begin to transform your dog’s behavior and your dog training.

Don’t worry, you won’t have to throw your dog on the ground and give him a full body massage, just a simple circular and specific touch to his ears or head will help his mind and body begin to relax.

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Comments

  1. jean says:

    Thank you. We start our day with a half hour lap session in which I stroke his back and belly and his ears and tummy. It has helped. he loves to be in my lap and being touched. I have learned a lot from yours emails. I cannot afford anything else right now, but value your advice. He is an 11 month old cocker spaniel with a very strong will. No aggression but he jumps up, chews paper and pulls on his leash.

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  2. I have a rescue, an 8 year old Maltese. He was previously caged for much of each day and he developed a severe licking habit. He licks his feet and his genitals almost constantly.
    If he is licking and I put my hand over the spot, he will then continue to lick (almost mechanically) but on my hand instead.
    Is there a way to cure this in a dog of this age and with such a long-standing habit.
    Thank you.

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    Minette Reply:

    I would get a collar to keep the dog from licking, like the lamp shade collars you get at the vet. Licking like that can cause infections of the skin and is not good for the dog and the collar can cause a break in the behavior long enough for you to develop new habits.

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  3. mary says:

    well has new puppies two of them has problem with one female start eat poop has stool for her one boy try learn how do stay in house also one female don’t listen to me at all both puppies spoil brat see wed more time do trained to puppies need for help

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  4. Susan Hutchison says:

    If I buy video, will I see more massaging?

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  5. Chet says:

    Nope, we don’t teach massaging in the videos we sell… we teach other techniques for getting dogs to control their emotions.

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  6. Jeanette Criss says:

    Is this massaging lesson part of the video I ordered from your Impulse Control lessons?

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  7. Patricia Barclay says:

    Your right,Chet.Each dog needs a bit of massaging,and no one needs a course on how to do that,it comes naturally.

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  8. Kathleen Gee says:

    I have a very excitable Cairn Terrier. I gave him his first massage this morning.
    I started with the ears, as instructed, and before I made it to his neck he was going limp!! Part way through there was a distraction, and all I had to do was go back to his ears and need and you could see him thinking “Oh, well, I can bark at that later.” Then he would go limp again. Utterly amazing. We will definitely keep doing this!! Thank you so much!

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  9. caryl says:

    I am a volunteer puppy raiser/trainer for Canine Companions for Independence. Canine Companions raises & trains service dogs for disabled individuals. An important part of the training, beginning when the pups are born, is called cradling. We sit on the floor with the pup on his/her back on our outstretched legs. We then massage their belly, their paws, their ears. In seconds they are asleep (sometimes snoring). We use this position to clip or dremel their nails & brush their teeth. It teaches them to be calm when held in a restricted position. Works wonders when they need to be examined at the vet. My pups have not even had to be sedated for X-rays. Wish I could post a picture!!!

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  10. Suzanne Borwick says:

    For Dominic;
    One of my mini schnauzers – who is also a rescue – used to lick constantly and his beard and feet had really bad saliva stains. We took him to the vet and she quickly found that he has food allergies and once we got him on the right food, the licking stopped. Just food for thought, sorry about the pun 🙂

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  11. Guy says:

    We’ve just been inundated with 2 new one year old dogs and two puppies. Our kids have moved in and brought their dogs with them. Non of them are trained and they pee in the house. We have a space that they play in out side and we take them out frequently but they still seem to want to pee in the house. We got so tired of stepping in pee that we started putting down puppy pads in the usual spots – I’m sure that only encourages them – but we are really tired of this. What can we do to get them to stop peeing in the house and pee outside at a designated area. Help!

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