Dog massage has become increasingly popular as people realize that animals can benefit from massage as much as people do. Canine massage therapy is especially good for older dogs or ones recovering from injury. Some of the many benefits include:
You can take your dog to a professional pet massage therapist, a good idea if the animal has a specific problem that needs to be addressed. However, learning some basic massage techniques to use with your pet can help the two of you bond.
The first thing to know about massaging your dog is to listen and never do anything to aggravate her. Here's a basic massage:
You can also use essential oils with dogs.
For more specific and detailed massage techniques for dogs, take a look at these DVDs: Hands On - Canine Therapeutic Massage for Sports and Pet Dogs or Therapeutic Holistic Dog Massage.
Abundant Life Canine Massage, Sarasota, Florida
Brandenburg Massage Therapy, Martins Ferry, Ohio
Equissage, Round Hill, Virginia
La Paw Spas Academy of Canine Aquatic Studies, Sequim, Washington
Lang Institute for Canine Massage Loveland, Colorado
Northwest School of Animal Massage, Fall City, Washington
PetMassage™ Training and Research Institute, Toledo, Ohio
Rocky Mountain School of Animal Acupressure & Massage, Carbondale, Colorado
Also, see the International Association of Animal Massage & Bodywork.