Get ready for some dog massage therapy training that your pooch will be more than happy to let you practice on him! Dog massage is a great way to bond with your dog, it’s extremely therapeutic, and it also helps reduce YOUR stress!
Gently placing both palms flat on either shoulder, use your finger pads to make small circles with mild pressure. Gradually make the circles bigger, changing directions and varying speeds.
Dog Massage Tip 2: Rub the Forehead
With your palm facing down and four fingers together and flat, rub your dog’s forehead from the top of the head to the tip of the nose. Occasionally make small circles with your finger pads and rub up and down with light pressure.
Dog Massage Tip 3: Gently Tug at the Scruff
Grasp the loose skin on the scruff of your dog’s neck or on other loose, furry areas of your dog’s body and slowly squeeze your fingers and thumbs together while gently pulling upward. Try to alternate left and right hands, lifting the left up as the right lowers, and vice versa. Be careful not to pinch the skin at the end of the pull.
Dog Massage Tip 4: Nestle the Base of the Ear
Ball your fist and use your knuckles to rub small, gentle circles at the base of your dog’s ear, just below the opening. Keep your palm facing down and use light pressure. A dog’s ears are sensitive, so pay attention to the pressure and move slowly.
Dog Massage Tip 5: Stroke the Chest
Note: Only give your dog a massage if she is relaxed and receptive. Avoid massaging a sick animal (unless recommended by your veterinarian), and do not massage an animal in place of veterinary care.
These dog massage tips are taken from Tracey Stewart’s book, DoUnto Animals (Artisan Books).
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