The dim lights, relaxing music, aromatherapy oils…bliss…wait, that’s not a massage for you! The latest trend in dog hotels and the like is none other than dog massages. If you don’t want to go all Paris Hilton on us, there are simple ways to give massages to your dog at home.
Some dogs enjoy getting massaged more than scratched. One place to start is behind your dog’s ears. For instance, if your dog leans his head towards you and his face is relaxed, he’s really enjoying it. If your dog does not like it, however, he’ll be somewhat tense and his tail will be hiding under his body. The benefits of massaging your dog will actually help you relax as well since you’ll need to take a deep breath and relax in order to help your dog be at ease.
Since each dog is different, keep in mind dog massages should be too: some dogs enjoy having their stomachs touched and others do not like it at all. In general, dogs don’t enjoy being touched on their hind legs. You may notice that your dog will try to sit when someone tries to touch the hind legs to prevent the person from touching him there.
Some dogs enjoy being hugged and others don’t. (Some dogs enjoy being brushed and others don't.) If your dog becomes tense and his ears are downward or expressions change, he is not completely relaxed about the full on hug. You can’t go wrong massaging your dog’s chest and back.
In addition to providing relaxation, dog massages serve to help soothe your dog’s tired or sore muscles. It eases pain from surgery or other injuries, helps your dog (if he has ailments) to feel better, gains your dog’s trust, and increases the bond between you and your dog. The time spent massaging your dog is well worth the time devoted towards relaxation and closeness with your pet.
At The Dog Bowl, nothing is more important than your pets’ health and well being. For more information about dog massages and to see The Dog Bowl's online storefront where you can purchase anxiety aids and aromatherapy items click here.