After a hard, dirty day of chasing squirrels, nothing soothes the not-so-savage beast like a nice, relaxing bath. But if you’re like me, even spelling out the “b”-word is enough to send my two pups, Archie & Mia, into a panic. Yeah, you could spring for a grooming to get the grit out, but I actually found that setting a spa-like vibe helps us all relax and get the job done at home.
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Who doesn’t like a nice rubdown? At our house, it’s basically the act of being petted with long strokes, which is a favorite activity anyway. It’s also not a bad idea to brush your dogs out before the bath, to get rid of as much excess hair as you can (your tub drain will thank you). And you can accomplish both in one fell swoop by using a massage brush with rubber bristles. The gentle pins not only stimulate the skin’s natural oils for a shiny, more healthy coat when dry, but they’re also great to use in the tub itself to gently massage the shampoo into the dog’s coat. So now that we’re all relaxed…
A massage is a treat we all look forward to. But it is something that can help your pets feel really good too. Canine massage provides a wide range of physical and psychological benefits for your dog, and a basic massage you can do at home only takes a few minutes. Plus, it’s a wonderful way to build and strengthen the bond you share with your canine companion.
After a long bathing session in lukewarm water, invest in equally long massage session:
Drying-up those tassels:
Benefits of Massage
From my personal experience my dogs don’t feel comfortable getting aromatherapy from anywhere outside. There may be many dogs that feel best if they are handled by their parents. Some of the benefits are:
1. Relaxation – Massage provides both mental and physical relaxation for dogs. Your physical touch would reduce stress and aggression in nervous dogs. Massage is proven to reduce stress and anxiety, which is a huge plus for any dog and especially helpful for pups that are easily stressed or worried.
2. Improves Blood circulation – Stimulating the muscles and tissues help to increase the blood circulation in your pet’s body. This improves circulation of oxygen in the entire body. The motion of the massage would also help relieve any muscle pulls and other pains that may have affected your dog.
3. Detecting Injuries – Dogs can injure themselves at any point. Sometimes the wounds or skin irritations are at peculiar parts of the body, which may go unnoticed. Early detection is one way that regular massage can add to the length and quality of your dog’s life.
· Posture maintenance and balance
· Improved mental focus and attitude
· Healthy skin and coat promotion by distributing natural oils
· Endorphin release
· Increased toxin excretion
Things to keep in mind:
- Go slow. As you approach your first canine massage, remember that it may be a somewhat foreign concept to your pup.
- Make sure your dog is enjoying it. While most dogs love massage, pay attention to any negative reactions and honor them.
- Seek out a certified canine massage therapist for dogs with serious health issues.
Essential oils can benefit your dogs in many amazing ways. I personally use a blend of Lavender oil and Neem oil in coconut oil as the base. Always ensure that the essential oils you pick up are genuine. Many essential oils sold in India have chemical substances in them, which can be detrimental to your pooch. Please be mindful while purchasing them.
1. Coconut Oil has antimicrobial and anti fungal properties that can greatly benefit your dogs. It maintains and improves overall skin health. It helps clear up skin allergies, eczema and hot spots. It also keeps conditions the skin and makes the fur shiny and smooth.
2. Neem Oil is powerful oil that fights against ticks and fleas. It also clears up fungal infections such a yeast infections and ringworm. This oil also helps in sunburns.
3. Lavender Oil has the same calming effects on dogs as they have on us humans. It affects the central nervous system. Lavender oil application results in a calming experience and is thus extremely helpful for dogs that have anxiety issues, insomnia or car motion sickness.
Quick Tip: If you have a small dog then about 3 drops of each of the essential oils in 2-tablespoon of coconut oil is sufficient. If you have a bigger dog then anywhere between 5 to 7 drops of each essential oil in 4-table spoon of coconut oil will be ideal.
Other essential oils that are safe to use: Cedarwood Oil, Eucalyptus Oil, Geranium Oil and also Sweet Orange Oil.
D-I-Y doggie massage session at home can greatly improve the overall health and wellness for your dog. It is a positive experience for your dog that you must reward them with. It is an experience you and your furball will really enjoy!!