A frequent misconception we hear and read is that massage therapy is only necessary for a dog when mobility issues appear. In fact, it is equally appropriate to start manual therapy before these issues appear.
Dogs are putting their bodies through all sorts of stressors – both mental and physical – every day. Helping to prevent these stressors becoming a chronic issue is just as important as treating an existing injury.
A dog who fits into this category is Ziggy. He is an 8 month old (possibly but not sure) rescue from Spain. He is largely a Vizsla with something else. He has a very gentle soul. When he greeted me at the door, he didn’t jump up at me…jump would imply he leapt….it was more of a gentle placing of each front foot on my chest with a look of “I don’t know who you are but I love you anyway”.
When he arrived from Spain, he was very reactive – understandably. New house, new country, new brother and all that after a long trip in a van across Europe. His new Mum and Dad immediately started working with canine behaviourists and trainers to deal with his reactiveness.
He is fine with people, it’s other dogs and the outside world which stresses him. He was very thin on arrival and has filled out a lot (see the before and after picture). He also seemed quite hunched (again understandably) so we were both invited over to check him out physically while working with his brother.
All these stressors will affect the way Ziggy holds his body and move. Luckily, he is in stunning condition and couldn’t get enough touch. He seemed to enjoy his preventative check-up session.
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