As human beings, we are only too well aware of how beneficial a good massage can be. It can help with sprains and strains in ways no other form of medicine can. But what you may not know is that these same benefits can also apply to your pup. A good massage can help stretch out muscles after a good exercise session or a long walk. We exercise our dogs to help keep them healthy and strong, but just like you, your dog is susceptible to injury. Regular massages can make the difference when it comes to reducing Joey's risk of injury.
It might take a while for Joey to get used to having his legs massaged as these are among the more sensitive areas of his body. But the more you massage his legs, the less likely it is he will sprain or strain it while out exercising. If the injury has already occurred, then a good massage will help ease the muscles, reducing the pain and helping to speed Joey's recovery along.
Learning how to find the individual muscles is a lot harder than learning how to massage them. The best thing you can do is give Joey massages at every opportunity, as this will help keep his joints and muscles healthy and keep you in practice. Be sure to give him a treat when you are all done to wrap up the session and reinforce that massages are pleasant.