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How to Massage Dog:

While dogs are often referred to as mans best friend, we often forget to cater to their needs as much as we would our truest human friends.



While most dogs are usually pampered extensively by doting owners, there are a few that could still be loved a little more. While food and shelter are often provided to the animal, caring, love and affection are usually missing or not as profound as it should be.



It is important for any dog owner and lover to make sure the dog understands the amount of love surrounding it as this makes the bond that much stronger. While dog massages will seem like a luxury to some pet owners, it is important to understand that a well administered massage plays a very significant role in overall dog health care.



A gentle massage for dog is known to comfort the animal as well as aid the nervous system while also increasing the blood circulation within the canine’s body. The sense of touch and its helpfulness in communication with a dog should never be underestimated as it will help the owner grow accustomed to the telling signs that the pet will show when suffering either emotionally or physically.

A number of pet health issues are helped to some extent by giving your canine a relaxing massage. While the more intensive massages should only be carried out by a certified pet health care professional, there are a few massage techniques that you could easily use to give your dog a weekly relaxing rubdown. First off, get your dog to lie down on a rug or any other soft but firm surface and slowly stroke the fur of the animal from the head right down to the tail. You will soon feel the dog start to relax and gently scratching him behind the ears and around the face will see a positive reaction. Rubbing each ear on a number of occasions with only the help of your thumb and forefinger is one of the best dog massage techniques. Using three finger’s, proceed to rub the animals slowly over the neck, shoulders and chest in circular patterns. If you notice that your dog is comfortable with having his feet attended to, you can try giving each foot a couple of gentle squeezes using only your thumb and forefinger. You can then proceed to placing your thumb and index finger on each side of the animal’s spine and running them down the length of the dog in a ‘walking’ manner to help relieve any stress that may tend to stiffen the muscles located around this area.

 
  Submitted on May 7, 2010