When we pet our dogs, we know by looking into their dreamy eyes how good it feels. But what about giving our dogs a massage?
Petting and massage are different according to Toledo, Ohio, based Jonathan Rudinger, author of "Effective Pet Massage for Dogs." "Massage is a deliberate and focused technique with each stroke controlled in pressure, direction and intention." Experts claim that massage increases blood circulation, lymph movement and brings a sense of comfort and tranquility.
Studies have shown that when people have affectionate contact with their dog's skin for just a few minutes, measurable amounts of positive biochemicals (oxytocin, prolactin, serotonin, phenylethalamine) are released into the bodies of both the dog and person. While we always knew this act made both of us feel good, we didn't know it was so good for us.