Why Are Massages Good For Your Dog?

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Dogs love it when you pet them, rub their bellies and scratch them behind their ears. But did you know that dogs love massages just like us? While it may seem like a silly idea to you, a massage is a great relaxant and provides an excellent opportunity to bond with your dog. However, those are not the only benefits.

Benefits of massaging your dog
  • Anxiety and stress reduction – Dogs tend to get anxious or stressed easily, whether it be a thunderstorm, a loud noise or spotting a cat. No matter what the reason, a massage will ease away the tension your dog is feeling and make him relax so that he can forget about all his worries.
  • Healing aid – When your dog ends up hurting himself, his vet might order a massage for him. It can help in rehabilitation, pain reduction and decrease the swelling. It will also heal the sprains and strains faster and keep all scar tissue to an absolute minimum. Of course, it is better to have your vet advice you on how to go about it.
  • Improves the body functions – Massages are great for improving the blood circulation, decreasing the blood pressure, strengthening the immune system, improving the movement of lymphatic fluid, stimulating the liver and kidneys, aiding digestion and encouraging deeper breathing.
  • Promotes well-being – When you get a massage, you feel refreshed, revitalized and balanced. Your dog will also feel the same way once he gets a great rub down.
  • Strengthens your relationship – If your dog is receiving a massage for the first time, it will be an entirely new concept for him. However, once he understands that you are making him feel relaxed and comfortable, it will deepen your bond and relationship.
How to do it?

Here are a few steps to help you get started if you want to massage your dog:

  1. Ensure that the dog is calm and submissive before you begin. You can go for a long walk before you begin to get him in the right frame of mind.
  2. Start the massage by gently petting the dog all over. As you begin the massage, talk to your dog in a soft and gentle voice to keep him relaxed and calm.
  3. Massage the neck of your dog by making clockwise, circular motions. Be careful not to apply too much pressure so that he’s comfortable.
  4. Move on to his chest and his front legs. However, if your pup does not like getting massaged on the legs, move over to a different body part. If he ends up liking it, see if he wants to get his paws massaged too. Exercise care with the pads. Almost all dogs have a pre-programmed kicking reflex whenever something touches them between the pads of their feet.
  5. Massage his back by using circular motions while you go up and down on both the sides of his spine.
  6. Keep massaging your dog till you get to the tail and back legs area. Once you are done, he will be totally stress-free and calm.
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