Learning how to give a dog massage is a great way to help your dog relax. It can also help relieve muscle pain, increase energy and improve focus.
Dog massage therapy relaxes muscles, improves circulation, and stimulates acupressure points. While a dog massage is no substitute for regular veterinary care, it can help to prevent stress related illness and make you more aware of the state of your dog's health.
Dogs from all walks of life and at all stages of life can benefit differently from a massage. In puppies and young dogs, massage therapy can help increase trust in humans,improve socialization and ease growing pains.
In adult dogs, massage therapy helps maintain an optimum state of health, slows the aging process, and can help owners detect the earliest signs of injury or disease.
In geriatric dogs, massage can help maintain mobility, stimulate circulation, and reduce the pain of illnesses such as arthritis.
Deep tissue massage therapy should be performed only by a trained practitioner. However, you can give your dog a light massage at home. Here are some tips:
Remember to keep your touch light and gentle. Deep massage should only be performed by a trained professional. Do not attempt deep massage at home, as it may harm your dog.
Massage is different from petting, because it uses focused, deliberate touches. This means that a dog massage can help enhance your level of interaction with your dog.
Some benefits of dog massage include:
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If you are like me and get more from seeing how to do something there are some very good videos on how to massage a dog.
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