A massage is the perfect activity for your dog after a busy day of play or during a potentially stressful situation. The best part of a massage is you don’t even have to leave the comfort of your couch to bring your dog back to a calm state of mind and relieve muscle soreness. Your dog will never turn down the opportunity for pets and physical affection, here are a few examples of when a massage would be most beneficial for your dog.

Pre & Post Activity

Dogs are like humans in the sense that we can both benefit from warm up and cool down activities before and after exercise or play. A massage before and after play allows for a dog’s circulation to increase, their muscles to loosen, and can prevent injury and soreness. When a dog plays at Dogtopia daycare, they will be pretty tuckered out when they come home. A massage is a welcome surprise to kickstart relaxation after a long day of play with their BFFF (Best Furry Friend Forever).

Anxiety

When thunder cracks, lightning strikes, or during a firework show, dogs may become anxious and start to shake. If something makes your dog nervous, take a moment to assess your pup and give them a light massage to lower their heart rate and assure them there is nothing to be concerned about. A dog can be massaged on the head, back, tail, belly or paws. If your dog has an area they don’t like to be touched, refrain from that area.

Arthritis

As a dog ages, they may develop inflammation and stiffness in their joints known as arthritis. A massage can be a great way for your dog to feel relief from the pressure arthritis can cause. Rub and softly knead sore muscles and joints to increase circulation. As your hands apply pressure, a dog’s muscle tissue will contract causing an increase in local blood flow. Do not apply excessive pressure and pay attention to any areas of extreme soreness on your dog. Stop immediately if your dog seems uncomfortable.

After a stressful event or rigorous exercise, a massage is a perfect way to show your dog you care about their muscles and mental health. If your dog attends Dogtopia daycare, there is nothing better than a massage after a full day of play! Interested in Dogtopia daycare and all the added benefits that come with finding your dog’s BFFF? Learn more about Dogtopia daycare today by clicking here!