If I had a dollar for every time I've heard "your dog is so spoiled!", I'd buy myself a massage. Well get ready to spoil your pup even more! Puppy massages are a great way to establish a deeper connection between you and your fur baby, further encouraging mutual trust and easing anxiety. This is also a great opportunity to self-screen your pet for any health issues.
- Use this exercise to start your evening wind down routine or as a “before bed” activity
- Start slow to ease into the routine: a short five-to ten-minute session may be a good place to start
- Use a flat hand to gently pet your pup: make sure to include arms, legs, back, belly, head or whatever your pet is comfortable with
- As your pooch becomes more comfortable, become more focused in your touch patterns and extend massage time as you deem fit
When you and your pet are ready for a more comprehensive routine:
- Begin from the tail end and massage your furry friend’s every limb, muscle, and joint
- Light but focused pressure is recommended; you don’t want to hurt your pup!
- Work your way up their body all the way to the head and ears
- Become familiar with your dog and start to notice minute details: was that lump always there? Is that a new fat deposit?
What to Focus on
- Focus on your pup’s body language and any physical or verbal cues that may hint to a heightened sense of enjoyment or discomfort
- Spend a little extra time on spots your pup positively reacts to and give them a little extra love!
- Do you notice your pup tense up in a certain spot? This could be a sign of discomfort: it could be that they simply don’t enjoy being touched there, or it could be a sign of an underlying issue. Keep an eye on it and see if you notice it bothering them throughout their daily activities.
Do not hesitate to contact your vet if you have any concerns regarding your pup’s health!
- The Grumpy Puppy