Christmas days often mean hustle and bustle and excitement for our dogs. Many things are different, you get a visitor or visit the family. This is quite exhausting and also exciting for many four-legged friends. Relaxed Christmas days for your dog
This makes it all the more important to take time with your dog to actively provide relaxation. There is a whole range of measures from physiotherapy that you can use for the relaxation and well-being of your dog. In this article, I’ll introduce you to various ways you can consciously incorporate moments of relaxation with your dog.
Relaxing massage with the massage glove
Even if you know your massage strokes, you can gently massage your dog. You can use a massage glove for this purpose. It is important that you take enough time for the massage and provide a calm and relaxed environment.
Soothing paw massage Relaxing Christmas for your dog
Sure, even our dogs can be quite ticklish on the paws. But many dogs really like it when you gently massage the paws and pads. To do this, take the individual pads between your fingers and massage them with gentle pressure. You shouldn’t be too timid, nor should you grab too hard. The effect of a paw massage can be compared to a foot reflexology massage in humans. When I massage Tessa’s paws, I like to add a paw balm to take care of her pads at the same time. Especially in the cold season combined with the heating air, they can quickly become brittle and cracked. In this article you will find a recipe how to make a paw balm for your dog quickly and easily yourself.
By the way, I also like to use Tessa’s Paw Balm to cream my hands when they are chapped.
Stressful moments at the holidays? With this isometric exercise you can make your dog relax
Isometric training looks very unspectacular at first glance. But the effect on your dog is great. Both physically and psychologically. In physiotherapy isometric exercises are used to train the muscles and Lbody feeling. Isometric exercises are characterized by the fact that we have a targeted, very conscious muscle contraction and relaxation, without an active muscle movement. This is especially helpful when movements are painful, but you still want to counteract muscle loss and strengthen the muscles.
At the same time the effect on the psyche is great
The contraction and relaxation is triggered by the light pressure of the person’s hand. In addition, the self-awareness of the body is promoted. The dog has to concentrate on itself and its body and thus gradually lowers its state of excitement. Body and mind are always in close interaction. And so, with isometric exercises, by making the body aware, we can also bring about mental and spiritual relaxation. So when your dog is stressed, you can target isometric exercises to calm him down. I recommend you to build up the exercise accordingly with him beforehand, so that it can fully unfold its effect in the stress situation.
Isometric training “diagonal” Relaxed Christmas days for your dog
Strengthening the trunk muscles and stabilizers. At the same time, body awareness, balance and coordination are trained. With isometric exercises you train the muscles very effectively. It is a special form of strength training, because you tense the muscles without having to move them or a joint to do it. Your dog is working against hand resistance or gravity. Relaxed Christmas days for your dog
Starting position: Your dog is in a standing position, on a flat, non-slip surface such as a yoga mat. The spatial limitation gives him additional security.
For diagonal isometric training, stand next to your dog. Place your right hand on his right shoulder and your left hand on his left hip. Apply light, steady pressure with both hands alternately until you feel your dog tense his muscles and resist. Hold the pressure for about 2-3 seconds. Then slowly reduce the pressure again. Now switch and place your left hand on your left shoulder and your right hand on your right hip and repeat the exercise.
How much “pressure” is right and for how long?
It is important that the pressure of your hand is very fine. First, hold the pressure – without re-springing – for a few seconds. About 2-3 seconds at the beginning is absolutely sufficient. Once your dog is familiar with the exercise and physically able to do it, you can slowly increase the duration of the pressure as the training progresses. Your dog should always be able to loosen up between sessions. At the beginning it is enough to work with the inherent pressure of the hand. So just putting your hand up. As soon as you feel that the dog is holding against you, sufficient pressure is built up. If the dog swerves, the pressure is too strong.
How often? Relaxed Christmas days for your dog
You can always use this exercise in tense situations to relax your dog again.
Get out into the fresh air and move!
What could be better than a nice Christmas walk with dog? Exercise in the fresh air is good for man and dog and at the same time your dog can also reduce stress through exercise. So take enough time for nice walks with your dog even on Christmas days.
I wish you and your loved ones a blessed and merry Christmas! Relaxed Christmas days for your dog
All the love, your Tina