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Massage for Fido?

By: Dennis Fetko, Ph.D., “Dr. Dog”

One of the best things to do with your dog is a thorough daily massage--and I mean thorough! While the dog lies down quietly on a soft surface, begin at the nose and gently rub his muzzle, gums, teeth, ears, neck, and eyes. His eyes will close automatically as you touch them gently. Continue right down each leg to the pads on the paws and eventually to the tip of the tail. Rub everything, gently probing with your fingers as you go along.

Some people begin and end the massage with slow, gentle strokes from the dog’s head to his tail. Don’t be surprised if your dog is sound asleep by the end of the massage!

This light, relaxing massage is a wonderful gift for your dog (and you)! On the other hand, deep massage should be left to professionals who have knowledge of anatomy so that they can perform the massage safely.

The whole procedure won’t take more than a few minutes and will result in TREMENDOUS benefits. You’ll bond that dog more closely to you than you can imagine, especially if you speak soothingly as you massage. You’ll also spot trouble--cuts, ticks, sprains, and foxtails--before it gets serious. And your dog will get better medical care because he won’t be frightened or fighting the vet every step of the exam.

You’ll also reduce the chance of the dog snapping when a child or a stranger sticks a hand out to pet him. And notice how good you feel!

The author, Dr. Dennis Fetko, “Dr. Dog” is a world-renowned animal behaviorist who has appeared on the 20/20 television show, managed the reintroduction of captive-bred Arabian Oryx into the Saudi Arabian National Wildlife Research Center, and made a presentation at the South American Veterinary Congress. His ebook, Dr. Dog’s FAST, EASY FUN Behavior Solutions, reveals his proven methods for eliminating barking, jumping, chewing, digging, pulling and his puppy housetraining methods. Click Here for more information.