Prolonged periods of stress can negatively affect many systems of the human body, so to can it effect that of your dog.
Stress in dogs can aggravate, or even cause, such problems as gastrointestinal disorders and decreased immune function. You may notice an increase in whining, pacing, hair loss or even lethargy. Stress effects your dog both mentally and physically. It can even make your dog anti-social.
Dog massage therapy is one of the best antidotes for stress. We know this is true on an intuitive level but I know some of you find it hard to process even to this day. Massage for dogs is not a SPAW DAY. Massage works to soothe aches and pains and diminish anxiety and other stressors. Imagine this type of therapy given to your dog by a certified expert and the benefits are increased.
Think about the rituals of massage which includes dimmed lights, soothing music, the pleasant fragrance of a mild oil or candle - even without massage, these can help your dog relax! Why do we think dogs are so different. If we benefit from these things so can your dog.
Massage boosts your dog's immune system, which can become compromised from extended periods of stress. Tension can build up in their muscles, causing a decrease in circulation and nutrient delivery to tissues.
In short, therapeutic massage can help to significanlty reduce stress. This, in turn, will increase energy, improve your dog's health and boost his immune system function. Add some good holistic nutrition, exercise and music therapy and you will see a different dog.... a happy dog.