Dog agility

End of the 2017 dog agility season

Sophie Comas Dog Activities, News, Performance and Working Dogs 0 Comments

We are fast approaching the end of the 2017 dog agility season; it has been an exciting year.  We have talked a bit this year about how to get our dogs fighting fit for agility competitions, which has included warm up exercises and cool down exercises.  As with humans, these are really important to help the dog avoid injury and if …

Cool down after agility competition

Post-exercise cool down massage

Jacqueline Newholm Benefits of Massage, Performance and Working Dogs, Workshops 0 Comments

Why cool down? A cooling down routine is just as important as a warm up and is extremely important when it comes to ensuring that our dogs are injury-free. The main purpose of the cool down is to promote recovery and return the body to a pre exercise level. During strenuous exercise, the dog’s body will deal with a number of …

Warm up for dog agility

Pre-exercise warm up massage

Jacqueline Newholm Benefits of Massage, Canine massage, Canine Massage Therapy, Dog Health, Dog massage 0 Comments

Why warm up? A warming up routine is essential when embarking on any form of exercise, and including pre-exercise regimes as part of a ‘workout’ is just as important for our canine athletes as it is for those of the human variety. The dog’s body needs to make a number of adjustments when undertaking any exercise. These include: increasing the breathing …

Canine massage

Massage can help improve your dog’s circulation

Jacqueline Newholm Benefits of Massage, Canine massage, Canine Massage Therapy, Dog Health, Dog massage 0 Comments

All the body’s cells need a good supply of blood, which contains all the substances required for their nutrition, repair and growth. The cells also need to dispose of waste products and other harmful toxins which are brought about by the generation of energy, and debris caused by tissue damage or inflammation. This is the job of the circulatory system, …

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How does massage benefit the nervous system?

Jacqueline Newholm Benefits of Massage, Dog Health, FAQs 0 Comments

Dog massage therapy benefits our dogs by helping to keep the organ tissues healthy and promotes healing so that the function and efficiency of the whole body is enhanced. In this edition of our blog we discuss the the various nervous system benefits of dog massage therapy. The nerve receptors in tissues, which control tissue tension, are stimulated by massage. Depending …

Dog massage

Physiological benefits of massage (Part 1)

Jacqueline Newholm Benefits of Massage, Dog Health, FAQs 0 Comments

Dog massage therapy has discernible effects on the body’s various organ systems. Massage benefits our dogs by helping to keep the organ tissues healthy and promotes healing so that the function and efficiency of the whole body is enhanced. Because the main body systems do not work in isolation, the benefits of massage on one system will impact others as …

Canine massage

Dog health: Psychological benefits of massage

Jacqueline Newholm Benefits of Massage, Dog Health, FAQs 0 Comments

For those of you who have enjoyed a relaxing aromatherapy massage, or endured an agonizing sports massage, you’ll be aware that massage helps us to recognise the difference between a tight, contracted muscle and a relaxed one. Massage helps us to increase our awareness that we may be tensing certain muscles unnecessarily.   In addition to this, there are a …