Start with a general relaxation technique. This is great for anxiety of all sorts. As you do make time in your life for this, find a place to get calm and centered in yourself. Quiet the inner voices that may chatter on and on. Feel the subtle butterflies in your stomach calm and release. Now begin this simple massage with your dog, soothing and calming all the while.
Keep your hands relaxed and gentle. Using the pads of your fingers (where your finger prints are), gently stroke your dog from the back of the head to the base of the tail, along the spine. Each stroke should be long and slow. Make firm contact with your dog. You should be able to count to 10 for each stoke of your dog’s back. Continue this gentle, purposeful massage all over the body, including the limbs if possible.
Massage has a POSITIVE IMPACT on your dog’s stress level, anxiety, fear, anger, aggression, and even sadness. The power of the touch of human hands is immense. It seems simple, and it is, but also incredibly influential for your dog. Most dogs like to be touched, petted, but massage is different. Massage stimulates specific nerves in your dog’s skin and muscle that help deep relaxation to set in. Do not worry if your dog is reluctant at first, just like people, dogs can sometimes take a while to adjust to being massaged. Be patient and gentle.
Give it a try and let me know how it goes.