Massage your Pet – The Right Way!
Nowadays, it is not a rare thing to find a dog getting the spa treatment beside its owner. You may even encounter the owner getting a massage from their dog. Spa memberships burn quite a big hole in your pocket after all! Did you know that there are easier ways of pampering your pet – doing it yourself for instance? It is not as hard as we make it out to be. It can even be fun at times. There are several benefits of massaging your dog. Some of them are,
- Reducing Stress: Oh yes, living a dog’s life can be very stressful, even a luxurious one. A pet dog barks at strangers, jumps, hops, skips, rolls, sleeps, and entertains the owner all day long. It needs some time off.
- Fortifying the Bond: If you haven’t yet connected with your dog on an ethereal level, this is your chance to do that. The connection between you two already exists; you only need to strengthen it by spending fruitful time with your dog in a relaxing environment.
- Exercise for your Hand Muscles: Your hands will inadvertently get the much-needed exercise.
The other scientific benefits include,
- Relief from Pain
- Improved Blood Circulation
- Increased Resistance to Commonly Found Diseases
- Muscle Tension Relief
Massaging your dog is easy; you only need to know the right way of doing it.
- Comfort is What Matters: If you or your canine is not comfortable enough, the process can become complicated. Spread out a mat or a bedsheet on a table and let your dog lie on it. Thus, you can sit snugly on a chair while your pet lounges comfortably on the table.
- Start the Massage at a Slow Rate: Caress the dog lightly in the initial stages to make sure that it agrees with your touch. Progress to applying slight pressure on its body muscles. Don’t squeeze too deep and hard; you might break its bones. Massaging a dog requires a certain deftness and tact which can be easily acquired over time.
- Check for Inconspicuous Lumps: While uncertain lumps may not be common over a dog’s body, it is important to check for those regularly. If you find one, take your pet to the family veterinarian right away.
- Understanding Cues: If your pet jumps off the table as soon as you start to apply pressure, don’t force it come back. Try to apply lighter pressure the following day. If it seems to enjoy the massage, don’t prolong the session for more than 15-20 minutes. You don’t want to over exert yourself. If the dog looks uncomfortable, give it time to adjust to the mat before taking the plunge.
We assure you that the relaxation level of your dog and that of yourself will improve with every session. It will need getting used to.
By Dhaval Gawas