How to Massage Dog Legs: Soothing your Pekingese Naturally

 


How to Massage Dog Legs: Soothing your Pekingese Naturally

Us, humans know the value of stretching and massage when we engage into exercise and sports. Thus, knowing how to massage dog legs is a plus for you and your pet. By stretching, we are keeping our bodies supple; retaining more flexibility and maintaining energy. This principle also holds true with our canine companions.

A lot of pet parents out there invest a lot of energy and time in keeping their pets active just to keep them physically and mentally alert. However,  no matter how careful we are with our pets, accidents and injuries still happen. As their parent, we couldn’t do anything about unhealthy breeding nor can we prevent all accidents from happening. But there is something we can do and that is preventing muscle related issue and strain injuries by massaging and stretching them on a regular basis. By doing so would keep our pets well-balanced, both psychologically and physically, allowing your pet’s agility to be retained as he gets older. A dog that is well-functioning retains its natural suppleness and elasticity.

On the other hand, a dog that has restricted mobility has stiff and short muscles. In this case, when your pet has a short muscle, pressure will then be exerted on the joints thus limiting their mobility. This would lead to impaired blood circulation. Tendons, joints, muscles, and ligaments would end up receiving minimal nutrition and less oxygen. Impaired blood supply would cause lactic acid build up in the muscles which would irritate the pain receptors which leads to the sensation of pain. This cycle would just repeat until you would do your part in correcting it.

How to Massage Dog Legs

How to Massage Front Legs

  1. Let your dog lie on his side and sit in front of his legs.
  2. Run your fingers down his front legs, from shoulder down to the paw with your palms and fingers flat. Alternate in using your hands so that your pet would be relaxed.
  3. Gently wrap your hands on his shoulder muscle. Gently tug down the length of his leg via his paw. Maintain your hand being wrapped on the muscle throughout the procedure. Repeat 2-3 times.
  4. Tap on your pet’s shoulder using your knuckles or fingertips in order for his muscle to loosen up. Do this on the whole shoulder area.
  5. Take his shoulder muscle again and knead on it gently. Do it for some time.
  6. Pinch the long muscle that runs on the back portion of your pet’s leg, from his elbow to the paw. Work your way down this muscle gently then back up again.
  7. Repeat steps 3 to 6 to the front portion of your pet’s leg.
  8. Repeat entire procedure on the other front leg only after you have done massaging the back leg on the same side.

How to Massage Back Legs

  1. Run your hands down on his back leg, from his thigh down to the paw with fingers and palms flat.
  2. Gently wrap your hands on your pet’s thigh muscle and pull down the length of the feet via his paw. Keep your hands wrapped on his thigh muscle throughout the procedure. Repeat 2-3 times.
  3. Take on his thigh muscle and knead on it gently.
  4. Place 3 fingertips on his thigh area and in small circular motions, work on his entire thigh part – both inner and outer thigh.
  5. Repeat step 2 to end your massage on his back leg.
  6. Repeat the entire procedure on his other back leg.

It doesn’t matter if your dog is injured or not, knowing how to massage dog legs prove to be advantageous to your pet. Whether he spends his day outside playing and goofing around or resting inside, his leg muscles would greatly benefit from the massage that you are going to give him. Be sure to hive him a gentle and effective massage. 

Do you massage your peek’s legs? How often do you give him that luxury? Share it with us on the space provided below. Don’t forget to share this to your friends too.

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Pampered Pup – How to Pamper your Pekingese

Yes, on a more personal level, I pamper my dog. Do you? For me, a pampered pup is a happier pooch. How do I do it, you ask? Well, for starters I give them quality and healthy treats more than they should consume. I allow them to sleep in my bed even at times when they shouldn’t. I get lazy at times and would let them lead me when we are on a walk. And I even bought them various costumes to dress them up for events. Let us all admit it dog lovers, we are a softie when dealing with our four-legged companion.

Pampered Pup - How to Pamper your Pekingese

Pampered Pup – How to Pamper your Pekingese

 

It is not weird if you shower your most precious ones with services, gifts and other niceties. However, nowadays, our catering and caring methods would extend even to our furry pets at home. In the past decade, more and more people tend to save money, time and effort in order to pamper their pets once in a while. It would range from branded apparels down to luxurious beds, fancy toys to gourmet meals to name a few.

As what American Pet Products Association said, and I quote: ‘The total US pet industry expenditures by the year 2012 is estimated to be $52.87 million’ Wow! But then again, we don’t mind the expenses since we see our pets as part of our family and they deserve to be loved as well. And as what studies have shown, pets play a vital role during a person’s hardest trial in life. One can find love and sympathy during the tough times in life.

Pampered Pup

Ways to Pamper your Pet

  • A Big Bed. Yes, give him a bed fit for a king if you have the moola to burn. It would be a wonderful gift from you to him for his loyalty.
  • Massage. I know that you give him a massage once in a while but if you can, bring him to the nearest pet massage center for an hour session. He would love it since everybody loves a wonderful massage.
  • Photography Session. As you might have noticed, photography has become a trend these days. So, why not try to take a wonderful pics of your pet and put it up on a wonderful frame. It is quite challenging to take pictures of them but believe me when I say that the fun experience is priceless.
  • Set a Doggy Spa. Setting up a customized doggy spa for him would be greatly appreciated. Simply put blankets on the ground then set several combs on the nearest table. Give him the royal treatment from head to toe. Toothbrush, shampoo & conditioner, massage and blow dry him. Just be reminded not to use nail polish on dogs since it is hazardous for their health.
  • Dressing him up. Go find a cheap but cute doggy shirt on the shop and put it on your dog after you have given him a bath. Then to spice things up, add a bow or barrette to complete the look.
  • Doggy Resort. A pet hotel is an amazing place to unwind together with your pet. Imagine yourself taking a sip of tea, juice or coffee while you watch your pet takes a dip on the indoor swimming pool. Or you can lounge around the vicinity and indulging your pet on other services offered at the resort.
  • Perm Him. If you want to go the extra mile, then a simple towel-dry just won’t cut it. Bring him to the pet salon to give him that special treatment.
  • Q.T. (Quality Time). Dogs are pack animals so it is natural that they yearn for companionship. Pamper him on a daily basis by giving him special bonding session time, without actually running across the yard outside. A scratch on his neck or back of his ears or a prolonged belly rub would go a long mile since it would truly deepen the bond that you two have. And from his point of view, this time would mean that he is really being cared for and that he is safe.

Imagine what your pekingese would say if he is one pampered pup. According to the dictionary, pamper would mean to indulge in care or kindness. However, our pets would probably go for the archaic meaning which is to cram with rich food. As lovely as it sounds, excessive amounts of rich foods would pose a great health risk for your dogs. After all, there are lots of ways to indulge your pet with care and kindness. Don’t you agree?

How do you pamper your pekingese? Walks, salon, homemade treats? Whatever it is, we would be glad to listen to your story. Simply enter it on the space provided below.

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Dog Massage Techniques: Give your Pekingese a Treat

Now, who doesn’t want a massage? Massage therapy in animals is used in order to improve and maintain their physical and mental well-being. There are various dog massage techniques used and for thousands of years it has been used and developed in order to benefit man and animals alike. Massage can help the body with healing as well as prevent further injuries. When you massage your pekingese, it would cause his body to release endorphins which is the body’s natural pain killers that would make him feel so good. And yes, massage have the ability to strengthen the bond you have with your pet.

Advantages of Massage Therapy for Dogs:

  • Increased blood circulation thus elimination toxins and other wastes from their bodies.
  • Improves muscle tone and joint flexibility.
  • Helps improve their gum, teeth, coat and skin condition.
  • Improves their attitude and ability to focus.
  • Building trust through touch.
  • Helps your pet calm down.
  • Aids in letting your shy pet feel more secured and loved.

Dog Massage Techniques: Give your Pekingese a Treat

Dog Massage Techniques

If you’ve ever had a really good massage, you know how wonderful it is–and how much better you feel for hours or even days afterward. And you’ve probably already realized how much your dog loves a good ear- or tummy-rub. It’s no surprise, then, to realize that the benefits of massage just might apply to your dog, too. A good massage can

  • increase circulation
  • decrease muscle pain
  • promote flexibility
  • relieve stress
  • improve autoimmune response (maybe)

Kinds of Dog Massage

  • Friction Massage – This is also known as palpation. This will help you calm your dog. Make use of your fingertips and massage in a circular motion on the sides of your pet. In any case, do not ever put any pressure on his spinal column. Experts reported that dogs love it when you massage the space under their limbs. You will automatically know if your pet is enjoying the massage when he lays down and starts to doze off.
  • Effleurage – This is the application of light, relaxing strokes. And yes, this is similar massage used on humans as well.
  • Chin, Ears and Nose – Dogs as well as cats enjoy it when their nose, chin and ears are being scratched. In a gentle manner, scratch him behind his ears, his chin and on the sides of his cheeks.
  • Shoulders, Neck and Chest – Make use of light, circular motions on your dog’s chest, neck and shoulders. Do it in slow motions and avoid fast, rough strokes.
Just like us, humans, dogs and even cats need a healthy dose of good massage in order to strengthen their immune systems. There are various dog massage techniques to choose from, so feel free to pick the one you like for your pet. I may have failed to mention all of dog massage types so go ahead and make your own research. And as far as I know, you can also use the Kneading technique on your beloved companion.

 
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