Puppies and the Benefits of Massage.
Therapeutic massage can help a curious little puppy regain his focus. There are so many things to explore and learn. Often puppies have a hard time sitting still and end up being all over the place. Their minds scatter and learning can be a challenge - for both owner and puppy!
Massage is an important part of body handling and helps the puppy accept being touched without wanting to constantly nip at the hands of the owner. When you bring home that little puppy, most people spend a lot of time on handling and cuddling. Feet and ears are massaged and touched on a daily basis. Then the little sweetie
grows into a rambunctious puppy and the owner focus on obedience rather than on handling. However, the body connection is a very important part of the dog’s development.
Regular massage brings the puppy’s attention inward. For a while, he reconnects and relaxes, before taking on new challenges. Many fast growing and larger breeds are prone to strains and sprains due to their fast development. They are greatly helped by the increased circulation and the rate of healing is accelerated. Massage also improves flexibility and reduces the risks of injury from rough play, jumping and tackling each other. Most puppies adapt fairly quickly, others can take a bit longer, which is o be expected.
Please remember that massage is never a substitute for veterinary care.