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Posts Tagged ‘Fascia’

What do Positional Releases feel like?

What do Positional Releases feel like? During positional release, we hold the dog’s body -in a position- and observe how in the tissues under our hands release tension. We describe these releases as shifts in the fascia. The movements can be obvious, like an inflated balloon releasing air, or very subtle, like your mood change…

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Lateral breathing in dogs

Lateral breathing in dogs Lateral breathing is often not included when we talk about breathing. We think of mouth breathing and nose breathing; chest breathing and diaphragmatic – belly – breathing. I use palmar breathing; and that’s demonstrated at Lateral breathing includes the functioning of the structures on the sides of the dog: the ribs,…

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YouTube Video Lesson: Massage for Dogs with Allergies.

Here’s our most recent video lesson on YouTube: Massage for Dogs who get Spring and Summer Allergies. A runny nose can be a big deal for a dog. Dogs have 220 million smell receptors in their noses compared to our 5 million. It is not in our Scope of Practice to treat concerns- massage can…

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WaterWork is PetMassage Canine Aquatic Massage

WaterWork is PetMassage Canine Aquatic Massage  This Helpful Hint blog is based on this YouTube video. Its intention is to describe canine aquatic massage and encourage you to learn and practice it. Canine aquatic massage is a fabulous variation of the dry PetMassage. Sessions are given in a heated (usually indoor) swimming pool.  They both have the…

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Break Dance

Break Dance Play Patterns Watching our two dogs play, I see a pattern. They charge, engage, parry, peak to intense excitement, and break away to regroup. Then, they repeat, and each time they rejoin, it’s slightly different. Need For Variation That break away to regroup is essential for effective and interesting play. After all, doing…

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Touch Breathing

Touch Breathing Animal Shelter Pitbull Visiting a dog shelter recently, I watched a young woman bring a young pitbull outside for some fresh air and exercise. She brought him into the gated play area, tossed a ball across the yard, and sat down on a bench to watch him play. The dog showed no interest…

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