We expect a lot of our pets at times. When your dog does not have an outlet, feels overwhelmed, over-worked, or frustrated, you may see those symptoms in their behavior. Most dogs are not intentionally mean, disrespectful, “wild”, or disobedient – they are simply trying to communicate with us. They’re telling us something is wrong and their new behavior challenges could stem from physical, emotional or even mental difficulty.
Just like humans, companion animals sometimes just need a means to release the pressure they are feeling or give their brains a break so they can refresh and recharge. Or, they may need to work out some physical tension that is creating emotional stress for them. When we’re in pain or sore, we’re not very happy either. Keep in mind that animals can be especially good at hiding symptoms and us humans may not pick up on early signs until their behavior pattern has changed significantly, impacting us and how we take care of them.
There are many reasons for dogs to receive massages. The most common reason that most people seek dog massage therapy is to alleviate physical discomfort and improve mobility. But did you know that canine massage is also very effective for some the most common behavior concerns you may have?
When a dog is acting out, part of a holistic approach is to determine that there’s nothing medically or physically and/or emotionally wrong. Part of that thorough assessment and examination process should include a dog massage and often animal communication is sought out to help gain additional insight. Not only can canine massage help identify any physical concerns, but it will also make your dog feel great and release some tension!
A dog massage can help in so many ways:
- Massage can reduce anxiety. This could result in a reduction of excessive barking, destructive chewing, and even separation anxieties.
- Massage can help an under-socialized or reactive dog overcome their fears of humans or other animals and teach them that touch can be rewarding.
- Massage can de-sensitize a dog that is afraid of being groomed or touched.
- Massage can help dogs that may be “hiding their pain” by gently working out tight or sore spots.
- Massage can help identify any masses, skeletal concerns, or mobility issues that you may not be aware of.
- Massage can dramatically improve trust and strengthen the connection between you and your dog, helping you form a deeper bond.
While canine massage therapy is not a substitute for veterinary care, it is a wonderful complement to your dog’s overall wellness plan. If your animal is experiencing unusual behaviors or “acting out”, please contact Animal Intuition to set an appointment for a canine massage.