By Educational Partner: Amy Snow & Nancy Zidonis, Founders of Tallgrass Animal Acupressure Institute & Authors of ACU-DOG: A Guide to Canine Acupressure
Summer is a time of high energy and lots of good, happy fun for humans and dogs. To avoid ruining your summer fun with needless injuries there’s a few things you can do to keep your dog safe and happily active.
Just like you, your dog needs to have a warm-up period when he stretches his muscles, tendons, and ligaments before heading into heavy-duty exercise. As part of your warm-up here’s what you can do first to help your dog feel his best all summer – start with a quick acupressure session. The Before Activity Acupressure Points shown below will help with your dog’s mental focus and increase the flexibility of his tendons and ligaments.
Place the soft tip of your thumb on each of the points indicated and count to 30 very slowly before moving to the next acupressure point. Repeat these points on the opposite side of your dog’s body. Now you’re ready to walk your dog before you start to run.