5 Benefits of Giving Your Dog a Massage

 

 

 

After receiving a massage dogs can feel the same way as we can. The benefits are numerous for owner’s and pets alike. We can all use more relaxation in our lives. Here are some of the reasons you should be giving your dog a massage:

1. It Reduces Stress- Massage studies have proven this and everyone, even pets, can benefit from this. Since dogs pick up on our stress the can also use some de-stressing as well. If your dog is easily anxious this is a great way to help reduce some of that.

2. It will Improve Circulation- With increased circulation from massage the body can recover after exercise and also help with conditions, such as arthritis. The act of pressuring and releasing muscles creates blood flow which is very healing to the body.

3. It can Strengthen Your Relationship- A wonderful way to build your relationship is through touch. Be sure to ease your dog into it, as it may be new and uncomfortable to them at first. Once your dog realizes the benefits this will be something he will look forward to. It’s not hard to find a reason for your dog to want to be near you. This is one way that you can both feel connected.

4. You can Find Injuries or Problems- It is hard to tell if there is a lump, swelling or weight loss by looking at a dog through their fur. By touching your dog regularly you will be able to find these and also notice any changes that may have happened. This is not the most fun benefit of massaging your dog but it may be a crucial benefit.

5. It is also a way to Relieve Pain- Dogs are usually very active and in being that way sometimes can be in pain. Massage is an excellent pain reliever. Injuries or arthritis can be soothed with massage. Dogs do not enjoy pain any more that we do. To help them with this is part of being a great owner.

Massage is an easy and healthy way to take care of your dog. Your vet probably can show you some methods to use, especially if you are unfamiliar with massage. Continuing to find ways to take care of your pet is being a responsible owner!

Written by Paige Cerulli for iHeartDogs.com

http://iheartdogs.com/5-reasons-you-should-be-giving-your-dog-a-massage/

 

 

Living the Apartment Life With a Dog

The day that I picked my puppy Rocky, from the shelter, I had a large house with a huge fenced backyard where he was able to run and play all day long. I never thought that I would have to re-train my dog, years later, to be an apartment dog. However, with some helpful research the change went fairly smooth. To tell you the truth: I think I had more difficulty than Rocky did with living in an apartment.

Here are ten tips, reposted from the Porch Potty blog, which have been extremely helpful for me and I want to pass them on to those of you have a furry friend, or are considering bringing a dog, in your apartment:

1) If you run or walk on streets, make sure to always bring a plastic bag. You may opt to choose a common grassy area when he can potty and then clean it by using a plastic bag.

 

2) Never leave your dog unleashed. Your dogs should always be tied up on their leash, most especially when you intend to go to common spaces of your apartment. Even if your dog is trained, never risk leaving him unleashed.

 

3) Use a short leash on your dog. Keep him close to you when you go through the pathways and lobby of your condominium.

 

4) Never let your dog have that chance of running up to someone. A lot of people are still not keen to dogs being around them. If there is a person intending to pet your dog, make him sit first before you let your neighbor touch him. Ensure that your dog is in sitting position during the whole meet. Others may just walk straight to your dog without asking permission. By having a short leash, you can easily control your dog’s actions toward the person.

 

5) Whatever the size of your dog, never let him jump on strangers. Train your dog to sit before you pet and praise him. Dogs that are rowdy and jump on people may cause a lot of trouble.

 

6) Train your dog not to growl when you’re in the shared area of your apartment. Dogs are capable of barking very loudly regardless of their size when situated inside any closed building. Unforeseen circumstances may arise causing him to be surprised and bark endlessly.

 

7) Maintain control in any given situation. If you come across a neighbor inside your condo, make the dog’s leash short and close to you. Have him lie or sit down once the other dog pass through – especially if your dog is larger.

 

8 ) It is best that you do not initiate introducing your dog to another dog. If unavoidable, make the bigger dog lie or sit down while the smaller dog comes near. Even if both dogs are sanitized, you still have to be very cautious, especially with two male dogs. There will be a lot of barking and roaring if one of them wants to establish dominance.

 

9) Always stand toward the back when your ride the elevator with your dog. Train your dog to sit next to you and make him keep his eyes on you during the elevator ride. Your dog should only get up and exit the elevator once he gets a signal from you.

(Ten Tips Re-Posted from Porch Potty blog) 

Senior Pet Adoption

Lori Fusaro is a photographer who specializes in pet photography (www.fusarophotography.com). Fusaro never saw herself as someone who would adopt an older dog, but life dramatically changed when her passion for finding families for older dogs grew. Now, she not only adopts older animals, she is on a mission to encourage others to join her in promoting senior pet adoption.

Fusaro started a Kickstarter campaign to publish a book of senior pet portraits in her pursuit of changing our culture’s view of older dogs. She stated, “I always come back to the idea that no dog should have to die alone. Even if [the dogs get] just two months of joyous, happy life, it’s worth it for my heartbreak.”

Here is a powerful interview with Lori, advocating for the adoption of senior dogs:

 

We, at Pet Butler, love all dogs (and agree with Lori) that no dog should have to die alone!