Dog Massage Therapy

Get ready for some dog massage therapy techniques 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!  Here are 5 dog massage tips and techniques from Tracey Stewart, author of the book, Do Unto Animals.

Dog Massage Therapy TrainingDog Massage Tip 1: Circle the Shoulders

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

Bring your hands to your dog’s chest and wait for him to lie down on his side or back. With your fingers in a loose claw shape, use your fingertips to lightly scratch along the chest and under the armpits in a circular pattern. If your dog enjoys this, try gradually adding pressure and speed.

Note: Only give your dog a massage if they are 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).

Dog Massage Therapy TrainingAbout the Author

Tracey Stewart is a passionate animal advocate and expert (she’s a former veterinary technician).  She lives on a farm in New Jersey with her husband, Jon Stewart, two kids, four dogs, two pigs, one hamster, three rabbits, two guinea pigs, one parrot, and two fish—all rescues (except for the kids).

Dog Massage Therapy TrainingTracey’s Book

Do Unto Animals is a beautiful book that any animal lover will enjoy.  Plan to hear yourself saying, “Awwww…” about 3000 times before you finish the book!  Also keep in mind that this book makes a great gift idea for animals lovers!  Buy several copies as Christmas and birthday gifts for friends and family.  They’ll love it!  You can read my full review of the book here.
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