We all know that massage can reduce fatigue after a long working day, relieve pain, or even improve our health. But if you think that massage is a pleasure for humans only, you’ll be surprised to know that it can work wonders for your dog too. A good massage can calm your dog’s nervous system, warm up their muscles before an active game or walk, and even relieve strained muscles and sore joints.
Here we want to tell you which parts of your dog’s body you need to massage to keep them fit, healthy, and calm.
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A dog’s head contains muscles, organs, and numerous blood vessels which will all benefit from the increased blood flow provided by a good massage. The muscles located in the dog’s head suffer from tension and spasms just like all the other muscles in the body, so a head massage will also help to relieve stress and muscle stiffness. Follow these simple steps to give a good head massage to your dog. It should only take you 10-15 minutes. Be gentle and don’t apply too much pressure to the sensitive areas of the head, otherwise your dog can become nervous.
Gently pull ear flaps and massage them to improve the blood circulation. Rotate ear flaps to open the ear canal and increase the air circulation. Finish the massage by gliding your fingers down the ear flaps. Be careful and avoid applying too much pressure on the dog’s ears.
If you notice that instead of turning its head to look at things your dog turns the entire body, it may mean that your pet has a stiff and sore neck. Dogs can strain or injure their necks easily, so it’s better to visit a vet to exclude any serious injuries. If it’s not injured, try this massage technique to relax the dog’s neck and relieve any pain or stiffness. If its neck causes your dog some discomfort, you will probably need to use petting and treats during the massage to keep your dog calm.