Benefits of Massaging Your Boston Terrier

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I have used massage to help soothe my Boston Terrier when she was recovering from hemolytic anemia.  It helped her remain calm and I am fully convinced the benefits of massaging your Boston Terrier helped her recover more quickly.

 The increased circulation that dogs’ bodies receive during any basic full body massage session is equivalent to about a half-hour leisurely walk in the park. During a massage session, dogs also experience important psycho-social interactions. Massage enhances their trust quotient, strengthening their connection, their bond with their humans and as such, can be a vital part of behavior modification, education and training. The repetitive movements of a massage resonate with dogs’ need for the comfort they feel in routines.

Another benefit is that massage is a way to maintain an ongoing assessment of your dog. You will know how your dog’s body feels and responds to your touch. As you become more experienced and knowledgeable, you become more aware of how your dog is moving and acting. Any deviation that you notice from his established behavioral baseline is an indicator that there is some imbalance in his body. Any unfamiliar heat, shape, texture or reaction to your touch, may be a reason to pay closer attention and possibly seek your vet’s guidance.

Any touch, any massage is better than no massage. Massage has the intention of moving the parts of the body to effect beneficial change. We‘ve seen how basic massage is necessary for older or stay-at-home dogs. It helps in training and toning and socializing and balancing dogs of all ages. Sport dogs and competition dogs develop stronger, faster, more symmetrical bodies with massage. They also get fewer injuries and mend faster when they do.

Medical massage is especially effective in helping dogs in post traumatic, post surgery rehabilitation. It is presented as a type of gentle physical therapy. The work focuses primarily on the affected parts of the animal’s body. The orientation has a Western medical, mechanistic vision. That is, manipulation of a limb within a specific range and the application of specific techniques of strokes, will have the specific effects of causing X body part to experience a particular predetermined change. The results are measurable. The treatment requires that each of the participants work together in one of two roles, helper (the canine massage provider) and helpee (the dog). The canine massage practition-er works on the dog; the dog passively receives the work. This is probably the most attractive to those of us who were raised to be “doers” and “fixers” and “controllers.” As an RN, when I would change a dressing and apply a bandage, I was in the role of “doer-fixer-controller.” It was a great, productive feeling. But I now know there was something that could have enhanced the experience.

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I feel the benefits of massaging your Boston Terrier are numerous.  They helped my Rose the Boston Terrier  survive a disease process that nearly killed her.  We all massaged and helped keep her calm.  She survived for nearly three years after we were told that she probably wouldn’t live three months.  If your dog has benefited from massage, please tell me about it.


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