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.
I Start with the Ears
I start with a circular motion on the tip.
Then I begin to move to the other ear.
Then I work my way to the rest of the body of the dog.
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.
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.
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.
Check out this video in its entirety here:
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.
I have been a professional dog trainer and pet sitter for over 20 years. I am a Certified Professional Dog Trainer, through the international Certification Counsel of Professional Dog Trainers. I have trained and worked with police, Schutzhund and personal protection dogs. I trained Assistance Dogs in a men’s prison and ran my own nonprofit organization to take adult dogs from shelters and to train them to assist children and adults with disabilities, at no charge to my clients. My nonprofit organization and I were nominated for several awards of merit and even made the front page of the Denver Post. I was a veterinary technician for many years, where I learned about all aspects of health and preventative medicine. I have trained and worked with exotic animals and cheetahs. I introduced a temperament testing program in my local shelter and sat on the board of directors. I volunteered with my dog “Mr. Snitch” and helped local children learn to read. I have attained obedience titles and several blue ribbons. I am constantly in search of ways to continue my education and excellence when it comes to animals, their behavior and their health.