April 18, 2016
The Dog Days Are About to Start — And That’s Great News!

Wise men say that happiness is a matter of peace of mind, good posture and a calm heart. Well, we know by default that our best buddies were born with two of those covered, but we have to make sure to help our cute four-legged friends keep their bones and muscles straight -- so when we see a tail wagging, we know they really mean it.

According to Gene Rukavina from Dancing Dog Massage who is a Certified Canine Massage Therapist and Registered Veterinary Technician in California, allowing your furry friend to get in a few massage sessions can increase quality of life -- for both owner and dog, since the happiness of one relies on the other.

Having worked with dogs for over 20 years, Gene tells us that his journey as a dog masseuse started years ago, when he first learned about the technique on the pages of vet magazines. Being a walking witness to the miracles of good and professional massage therapy, Gene was sure that the same benefits would apply to dogs: improve blood circulation, reduce stress, increase the flexibility of soft tissue, improve athletic performance, loosen and soften scar tissue, release endorphins and much more.

For all the advantages that come from a quality massage, many dog owners mistakenly think that the techniques are solely recommended for elderly pets. “But why wait if you can give your best friend a better life? We don’t wait until we get old to get massages, so why would we do it to our dogs?” Gene ponders, highlighting the importance of preventative care.

Although massage is indicated for most dogs of any age, this professional therapist points out that the technique is not for every pet and it’s important to consult with your vet before taking that step. But when you and your buddy are ready to do it, make sure you visit a licensed and experienced masseuse.

“Massaging your own dog is a great thing. It’s a great way to bond with your pet and I’m sure it’s a pleasant experience for both. However, when the massage is performed by a professional, it’s a whole different expectation and result,” guarantees Gene, who provides a combination of aromatherapy, stretching, touch, myofascial, deep tissue, Sports and Swedish Massage that is tailored to the individual needs of his furry clients.

To make sure each and every four-legged cutie pie is extremely relaxed, Gene offers his exclusive and personalized services in the comfort of their own home - which extends to dog sitting and walking.

To learn more about Gene and his work, go to dancingdogmassage.com, but before jumping to conclusions let me give you a piece of advice: let your dog be the judge -- their hips don’t lie. Shakira was right!

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