How to Massage Dog Paws

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Never force a dog into a massage. If the dog refuses, do not do it. He may try and bite you if he does not want it done.


Tie your dog up before the massage to prevent him from running off. Massage your dog's paws at least once per week.

How to Massage Dog Paws. Giving your dog a paw massage will help their paws feel really good. It is similar to giving a human a hand massage. It relaxes the dog and allows for better circulation in the dog's paws. While you give your dog a paw massage, it is also a good time to check over the dog's paws for any abnormalities. Here are some steps on how to massage dog paws.


Step 1

Lay the dog on a mat on the floor or in a soft comfortable place where he can relax while you give the paw massage. If the dog refuses to lay down, you have him sit up beside you or on your lap.

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Step 2

Rub the dog's first fore paw gently. Rub between the pads on the bottom of the paw. Start between the pad of the first and second toe, then rub between each toe. Check the dog's pads for any injury or abnormality while you are rubbing.


Step 3

Massage the back of the dog's paw gently with your thumb in a circular motion. Do this for about 30 seconds.

Step 4

Squeeze the dog's paw in your hand for three to five seconds after you finish rubbing and massage the paw. Do not squeeze hard.

Step 5

Drop the paw gently and do the same process for the other three paws. Your dog will love his paw massage and will feel much better as he runs around.

Always check with your veterinarian before changing your pet’s diet, medication, or physical activity routines. This information is not a substitute for a vet’s opinion.