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PON  Mind, Body and Spirit Connection
PONS and humans, have a body, mind and spirit connection and when all elements are in balance, optimal health and well-being will take place. If this balance is disturbed, disharmony in body function and ill health may result.  If left alone for too long periods of time, a PON will become nervous and frustrated. This breed has a strong personality and needs a lot of interaction with human beings. Socialization as a young puppy can make the difference between a well adjusted PON and one which has behavior issues. Neurotic behavior often takes place in the form of aggressiveness or extreme shyness
 Studies have shown that healthy bodies are better able to fight illness and exercise maintains body weight, which lowers the risks of diabetes, joint problems and heart disease as a dog matures. If your PON leads a sedentary life, you need to downsize the amount of food he receives or be faced with an overweight PON that is at high risk for a wide range of health issues. When was the last time you thought out of the kibble bag ? Do some independent research and discover  foods which offer nutritional benefits. If you aren't able to switch away from kibble, consider adding pumpkin, green beans, yogurt, etc. to your PON'S daily diet.
How often do you take your PON on regular walks  or set aside special play sessions ? PONS are a herding breed and need daily exercise in order to maintain physical as well as mental health. A  busy PON  is more likely to be  healthier than a PON who spends most of it's time sleeping. If your PON is alone for long periods of time on a regular basis, leave a veggie filled "Kong" toy to work on while you are away. Make sure you spend quality time together and plan activities you will both enjoy. Visits to local parks or long walks in the morning will make a big difference to the mind, body and spirit of  your beloved PON.
Informed owners may be able to make a difference to the well being of PON's who are experiencing stress (due to relocation, showing and other factors) by considering an alternative option, which is just becoming popular these days. Canine massage has been proven to contribute major benefits by encouraging relaxation and relieving tension. A gentle caring human touch will release innate feelings of health, well being and vitality.
Other benefits of canine massage include:
*  Reducing arthritis pain, hip dysplasia, and joint tension
*  Aiding recovery time from injuries, improving performance and  activity
Courses and seminars on canine massage are not always conveniently located and owners need to educate themselves by doing independent research on the topic of canine massage. The following books are available on Enjoy !
Canine Massage: A Complete Reference Manual by Jean-Pierre Hourdebaigt (Paperback - Aug 2003)
The Healing Touch for Dogs: The Proven Massage Program for Dogs, Revised Edition by Michael W. Fox (Paperback - April 12, 2004)
Canine Massage: A Practical Guide by Jean-Pierre Hourdebaigt and Shari L. Seymour (Spiral-bound - Jun 1999)
Balance Your Dog: Canine Massage by C. Sue Furman (Paperback - Dec 30, 2003)
Canine Massage : The Workbook by Patricia Whalen-Shaw and Mickey Young (Paperback - Feb 2000)
Canine Massage and Stretching by K. Haase and Jorn Olbey (Paperback - Jan 14, 2005)