Did you know that massage therapy can help fearful dogs adjust to loud noises?
Calming massage techniques plus the use of aromatherapy will put your dog at ease. With regular treatments noises and distractions can be introduced slowly in a controlled environment. This will help condition the dog to remain calm when loud noises, such as thunder or those pesky fireworks, occur. It may take some time but it’s well worth it for the mental and overall health of the dog. Remember, the mind and body are connected!
Here are some great before/after pics.
This is a totally scared Bailey hiding in the crate after we brought her home.
A week and a half (and regular massage treatments) later look how much better she’s doing!
I started gaining her trust with a very light touch. Every muscle in her body was tense and in knots. I began working very slowly, mostly on her neck and shoulders. I think that as she realized I could help with the pain from years of anxiety she decided she’d be willing to let me touch her hips and back legs.
I hope to work with more rescue dogs like Bailey so that they are more likely to transition well into foster and forever homes!