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To the Rescue: Doggie Massage for Beginners

Today's day two of the Chinese New Year and I just realized that it is often celebrated as the birthday of all dogs! In addition to the feasts, it's a great day to be extra kind to pooches. I love to suggest food and goodies for your pets, but I don't have the time to make a special stop on my way home from work tonight . . . and I had to share this with you before I left. When I thought about my favorite treat, I instantly thought massage which is my favorite way to pamper myself on my birthday. And yay! I found some tips for how you can turn petting a pet into a mini, gentle massage. As with anything else, if you pet struggles, stop! He's supposed to be enjoying himself. Ready to get started, then


  1. Start out by scratching your pooch gently behind his ears before slowly moving to cheeks, under his chin, around the nose, between the eyes, and up on top of his head.
  2. Next, gently rub each ear between thumb and forefinger. Repeat working smoothly from base to tip.
  3. Then, use middle three fingers to slowly move over neck, shoulder, and chest in small, circular patterns. Move down each leg as well.
  4. Finish up with a "walk" down his spine with your thumb and index finger on each side of his vertebrae. Move from base of neck to base of tail. Give him a big cuddle and you're done!


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