I think that incorporating massage into my dog’s routine would really help him relieve some anxiety and joint pain, but professional pet massages aren’t currently in our budget. Any tips for “DIY” doggie massages?
Curious About Pet Massage in Lazybrook
Funny that you should ask about massages for pets: This week just so happens to be, “Everybody Deserves A Massage” week and, really, who can argue with that logic? Just like humans, pets can benefit greatly from massage and, by giving your pet a massage at home, you’re able to facilitate bonding and ease the anxiety that might come from trying to take your pet somewhere for a stranger to massage him. Cesar Millan offers a few tips for how to do an at-home pet massage.
4 Tips For Massaging Your Pet
1. Start With A Calm Dog: Make sure your pet is in a comfortable place and feeling submissive before you embark on a doggie massage. Milan recommends taking your dog for a walk first to burn off any pent-up energy.
2. Work Up To Massaging: Begin the massage by petting your dog from head to tail and speaking gently to him.
3. Start At The Top: A good place to start the massage is at the neck. Just like humans, dogs can hold tension there. Using gentle, circular motions, you can carefully rub the kinks out of Fido’s neck, while paying close attention to how he reacts to the massage.
4. Let Your Dog Be The Guide: If the neck massage goes well, consider moving to the dog’s shoulders, then hind legs. If, at any time, your pup seems less-than-thrilled to be getting rub-down, stop immediately.
Benefits of Pet Massage
Just like humans, massaging your dog can reduce his stress (and perhaps yours, too!).
Massage can also help pets to heal from injuries. But, before you try to massage a dog with an injury, please check with your vet for guidance first. You certainly don’t want to make an injury any worse by improperly massaging it. Also, many vets believe that regular massages can boost a dog’s confidence, making him less anxious in social situations, more easily trained and overall, better behaved. And, don’t forget your cat! Much like dogs, cats can also benefit greatly from gentle massage. So, if massage is something that your pets enjoy, make it a daily part of your routine. Once Fido and Fluffy begin to realize that you’re the person making them feel so relaxed, it will increase your bond that much more.
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