Many dog owners are very interested in the subject of dog massage. But they don’t always want to venture into real massages. You don’t always have the time for an extensive massage, and not every dog can or wants to lie relaxed for long. It’s just also very intense – and not every dog can handle it well.
Tessa also belongs to these dogs. A little massage is nice. But everything in moderation please. Personally, I don’t believe in “forcing” the dog to have a massage. If he is not comfortable with it, he will tense up internally in any case, which also manifests itself in muscular tension. With a dog massage we want to achieve a mental and physical relaxation of our dog. For me, that no longer fits together.
Since the dog massage with a massage glove is for me then a brilliant alternative
By the way, I have for Tessa real finger gloves for massage, which even has two different types of nubs. This makes it possible to massage in a much more targeted and precise way and to get good access to smaller areas of the body. Small dogs, of course, also benefit greatly from this. It gives a much better feeling during the massage. The dog is well palpable and you have a lot of feeling in the hand. The material of the glove is pleasantly soft and flexible.
This is what you should look for in your massage utensil:
- It should be made of soft material (rubber bar) so that it is not uncomfortable for your dog, even with short fur.
- It should not smell unpleasant – the nose of our four-legged friends are extremely sensitive.
- The gloves should be easy to care for and quick to clean.
- For you, the fit should be comfortable so that you have a good grip feeling and are safe in the treatment.
Great side effect of dog massage
Besides massage effect, massage gloves brush out a lot of fur. So besides the massage, you also have a great and effective coat care at the same time.
But how does the massage with a massage gloves?
Basically, massage with aids works like a classic massage. But the intensity is not enough for a classic massage with hands. The areas you massage are warmed up, blood circulation is increased and you stimulate the cardiovascular system. You relieve pain and relax your dog’s muscles. Your dog will become more agile and mobile again. This helps him with musculoskeletal conditions such as osteoarthritis, hip dysplasia or spondylosis. If you use massage with aids on dogs with neurological diseases, such as a herniated disc, you will help them become more aware of the treated body parts and stimulate the nerves. This also helps in the treatment of paralysis. But it’s also wonderful as a wellness treatment, quality time with your dog and to strengthen your bond.
Massage with a glove offers a great opportunity eg:
- If you want to relieve pain with massage- but without learning grips.
- If your dog is uncomfortable with direct, intense touch from a hand
When is the massage taboo? Dog massage
- Heart disease
- Infectious diseases
- fresh injury
- Bleeding tendencies
With nervous dogs, massage with a glove is difficult, because it is stimulating. I also advise against massage with aids for histamine-sensitive dogs, as histamine release is increased.
How do you perform the massage and what do you need to pay attention to?
Massage should be performed with light pressure, as it is so pleasant and relaxing. In the massage you can include the back, shoulders and front legs, croup and hind legs. Always stroke in a flowing motion with the stroke. You can also massage with circular movements. you can perform. Do not massage too long and intensively on one spot and keep the pressure as constant as possible. Always try to work in the muscular area and avoid bony areas. Massaging on bony areas is uncomfortable to painful.
Also, please spare sensitive areas of the body. This includes the head, genitals and nipples.
A relaxed atmosphere is important dog massage
Take your time for the massage and create a comfortable atmosphere. A pleasant room temperature and pleasant light are part of it. Your dog should lie comfortably, perhaps on his favorite blanket, and you should sit comfortably as well. Give your dog your full attention. This also means that TV, cell phone, etc. are taboo. the room temperature and light should be comfortable. Dog massage
How often can you massage your dog with a massage glove?
In case of neurological diseases, you can massage the affected limbs with it daily. Otherwise, I recommend that you massage with a glove no more than once every two days. The treatment is very intense and if used more often, it can cause over-irritation and become uncomfortable for your dog.
Massage your own dog – do you dare now?
So – are you venturing into dog massage now too? I hope I could inspire you for this beautiful topic. Massaging with a curry comb or a massage glove is definitely a great option. If you want to learn more about massage for dogs, here you will find detailed information about massage and instructions for the following massage techniques: Dog massage
I wish you and your dog much joy with the massage! If you have any questions, feel free to email me or leave me a comment!
All the love, Tina