Why back time is important in Puppies.
When a human infant is growing, "tummy time" is very important for stimulation, growth, and structure. It helps the infants back, legs, and head form correctly. An infant that lays on their back to much will have flat growth plates on the back of their head. Tummy time also allows the infant to lift their head, which works neck, back, shoulder, and abdominal muscles. Much can be said for their canine companions.
Puppies naturally lay on their tummies to allow them to squirm around to get by their mother and to move around to a heat mat. Time spent on their back is not natural for puppies, but is critical to their health. A puppy that spends too much time on their tummy will eventually get a flat chest and their limbs will stay sprawled from their body much like a star fish. If a puppy is left like this without having "back time" can result in a Swimmer Puppy. A condition where the puppy does not have enough muscle to keep their feet underneath them and cannot walk without assistance, although it can be fixed, it can be avoided.
Back time needs to be done in a monitored area, or even on your lap.
Here is some examples of our cute Ridge View puppies showing off their "back time" routine!
We also incorporate other exercises and experiences for the puppies while they are on their back. We tickle their tummy to get them to curl up and use their abdominal muscles, playing with their nose and ears, touching paws, playing with paws, moving paws, clipping nails, and touching paws with warm washcloths and an ice pack. This helps form the puppy in the correct growing stages and helps them get outside stimuli. This leads hand and hand in our bio-sensoring work.
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