How to Massage Your Dog

    Published: 06-16-2009
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    Canine Massage Therapist Patty Bianca demonstrates how to massage your dog.

    Patty Bianca

    Patty is an equine sports massage therapist and canine massage therapist trained and certified by Equissage,the internationally renowned leader in equine sports massage. She has also attained the level of Reiki Master in the Usui Shiki Reiki Ryoho method of natural healing. After many years of perfecting her techniques on a volunteer basis, Patty opened Natural Relief for Horse & Hound, LLC, in late 2006, offering massage and energy work to animals throughout Central Maryland and Southern Pennsylvania. She is an active member of the International Association of Reiki Practitioners, the International Association of Animal Massage Therapists and the International Association of Animal Massage & Bodywork, and her practice is fully insured. Growing up in a household where rescued animals were constantly present, Patty learned early how to care for and communicate effectively with animals of all kinds. She has since been involved with many rescue and animal advocacy organizations, including the Chesapeake Bulldog Club of Greater Baltimore, Justice for Dogs, New Life Equine Rescue in New Windsor, Maryland, and Tranquility Farm Equestrian Education and Renewal Center in Thurmont, Maryland. She and her husband authored a booklet on dog ownership entitled “Mom! Dad! Can We Get a Dog?” which was featured on “Live with Don Scott and Marty Bass” on ABC Television, and Patty has published many articles in local periodicals on animals and animal care.

    Hi, this is Patty Bianca, Certified Canine Massage Therapist, and owner of Natural Relief for Horse & Hound. This is my lovely assistance, Whisky, and were here at Tranquility Farm Equestrian Education & Renewal Center, 501C3, in Thurmont, Maryland, to show you how to massage your own canine friends. I was certified in Canine and Equine Sports Massage through Equissage, internationally renowned leader in animals massage, and since then I have massaged dogs of all sizes and shapes, and several horses as well. To get started in this demonstration, we not only are going to show you the hand strokes and how to apply them, but we will start out with the basics of canine message, and what muscles spasms are, how they form, and how massage addresses that. In this demonstration I have Whisky on a massage table, but the only materials you truly need are your two hands and a willing subject In fact, for safety sake its better to actually have them on the floor, perhaps in their own little bed, to keep them from jumping off unexpectively. Other safety precautions are that you should never massage a dog that is suffering from fever, shock or cancer. Also, as you massage, avoid any areas of unexplained swelling. Also, remember that massage is not a substitute for proper veterinary care, it is a compliment to it, and it has many benefits for their health. Before you get started massaging your dog, you might, if you have a high energy breed, want to take them for a walk to get some of that excess energy out, but dont be surprised if they still get off and walk around in between the massage sequence, its not a problem, you can simply take up where you left off when she settles down. All dogs are going to -- keep in mind that all dogs are of different temperaments and different sizes and shapes. As I show you the hand strokes that you will use, you can modify those hand strokes and the pressure that you use to match your dog size and sensitivity level. This has been the introduction to how to massage your dog, and in the next sequence we will go over the basics of canine massage.