For many, dog grooming stops at bathing and brushing, but have you ever considered massage as a secret weapon in your grooming arsenal? Not only does massage feel great for your pooch, but it also has numerous health benefits, especially when performed before bath time.
Exercise First Starting with exercise is a smart move. A good run or playful workout expends excess energy, making your dog calmer and more receptive to the grooming process.
Brushing While the Tub Fills: This multitasking move saves time and starts the deshedding process early, but it also signals to your dog that it's grooming time, helping them transition into the right mindset (or mood).
The Magic of Pre-Bath Massage: A 10-minute massage before the bath isn’t just a luxury; it’s a game-changer. It eases any remaining tension, helping to calm any bath-time nerves. It also stimulates circulation, improves muscle health, and creates a valuable opportunity for you to check for any hidden injuries or abnormalities.
Plus, a relaxed dog is more cooperative. Post-massage, they're likely to be more agreeable and still during the bathing process, making the task quicker and more enjoyable for both of you.
Incorporating massage into your routine: It's simple. Once you have a calm, brushed dog, use gentle, circular motions with your fingers to massage the muscles beneath the fur. Pay special attention to areas behind the ears, the shoulders, and the hips, where stress tends to accumulate.
Remember, the key to a successful dog massage is observation. Watch your dog’s reactions to find what they like and what they don’t.
Through adding this extra step into your grooming routine, you transform it from a chore to a bonding session and improve your dog’s physical and mental wellbeing in the process.