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.
Abundant Life Canine Massage, Sarasota, Florida
Doggone U at Bancroft School of Massage Therapy, Worchester, Masschusetts
Brandenburg Massage Therapy, Martins Ferry, Ohio
Equissage, Round Hill, Virginia
Holistic Animal Courses, online courses
Holistic Touch Therapy, Canine Massage Therapy Certification Programs, online and in Texas
Ojai School of Canine Massage, Ojai, California
Lang Institute for Canine Massage, Loveland, Colorado
Northwest School Of Canine Studies, Seattle and Tacoma, Washington
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.