How to Massage Your Dog’s Chest

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

    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.

    Patty Bianca: Hi! I am Patty Bianca of Natural Relief for Horse & Hound and this is my assistance Whisky. We are showing you how to massage your own dog.

    In this segment we are going to show you how to massage your dogs chest area, the front of the chest, but before we get there, there is a little spot right on the neck, right in the middle, right about here at the base in the middle and this really helps relax the dog, else we do is simply apply a moderate amount of pressure with your thumb or fingers and make six circles towards the head in a nice slow rate. It helps relax the dog releases more endorphins.

    Now, we can go down to the front of the chest area and Ill move Whisky around a little bit so you can see better and hopefully she wont fall off the deck. We start off with an open-handed percussion and Whisky particularly likes this part. Go across the chest light and back light, moderate and back moderate and heavy and back heavy.

    Now, were going to take and were going to look for the groove right here in between the biceps and the pectoral muscles and were going to use that cat pawing technique and just cat paw up once light and down light, up moderate and down moderate and up heavy and on the heavy pass we look for any spasms that you might feel and treat with that direct pressure move. Light for ten, moderate for 15 and heavy for 20 that being done, well then go over and get this side the opposite side. So, cat paw up light, moderate and heavy, again looking for and treating those spasms with direct pressure. When we are done you just give a few heavy percussions across and back and that finishes up the chest.

    This is Patty Bianca and Whisky and this has been how to massage your dogs front of the chest area.

    In our next segment were going to work on the part behind the shoulder blade down into the posterior pectoral muscles and down the forearm.