Benefits to stretching your dog February 24 2015

Stretching your dog

by Tim Norris (Both Ends Of The Lead)

Stretching is a great way to help you do the best for your four legged friend.

Just like us when we have sore or tight muscles we often stretch to release tension to feel better, dogs will naturally feel better after stretching too. You may have watched your dog spontaneously stretch themselves at times. They appear to know instinctively what to do and when to do it. So if we feel better after stretching, then it makes sense we will move better too. It's the same for our dogs.

Learning to stretch your dog correctly can:

    • Help reduce the risk of injury
    • Help significantly reduce muscle tension and stiffness
    • Help them move and feel better
    • Improve their co-ordination, and
    • Enhance their body awareness

Stretching can help elderly dogs with arthritis if done gently and potentially help improve their flexibility and mobility, and have a positive effect on slowing down further degenerative conditions affecting them. Stretching can help dogs with anxiety by helping to calm the nervous system and help them relax both physically and mentally. So now you can see how introducing some stretching into your dog's routine can be an important part of their health care program.

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