Which kinds of dogs can benefit from massage?

Service dogs, therapy dogs, police dogs, agility dogs and other working dogs can benefit from regular massage sessions.  Massage can help maintain the performance level by relieving tired and sore muscles and by inducing relaxation. 
 
Geriatric/Senior Dogs can benefit from massage.  Particularly those suffering from arthritis, stiffness and skin conditions.  Many older dogs that suffer from degenerative or chronic disorders also benefit from massage therapy by helping stimulate the muscles and relieve pain while increasing range of motion and strengthening the muscles.

Dogs recovering from surgery or injuries can benefit from massage as increased blood flow is pumped into the tissues and vital organs.  This allows the rehabilitation areas to become more flexible and heal at an accelerated rate.  It also can aid in pain management as the injury is nursed back to full strength.  
 
Shy/Nervous dogs benefit from massage on many emotional levels as well.  Massage can help with depression, fear, separation anxiety, trauma, grieving, shyness and aggression.  Massage promotes comfort, love, and emotional well-being.

All dogs run and play and can get sore muscles or are “couch potatoes” and could use a little motivation. Big or small, old or young, every dog is right for a massage!


When positive touch is administered, a dog will have a release of endorphins which are a natural pain killer. 
What are some of the warning signs of pain?

Excessive panting
Limping
Whimpering
Fever
Reluctance to change positions
Guarding a body part
Loss of appetite
Uncharacteristic aggression
Localized muscle tenderness
Excessive licking