How to Massage Your Dog
Dogs love to be scratched, rubbed, and stroked. Touching your dog helps you bond; you both feel good and it can lower your blood pressure. It relaxes both of you and relieves stress.
If you want to really relax your dog give him a massage. Starting with the head, and moving to the ears, flanks, back, legs, and paws move your fingers in a slow, circular motion. Stay away from the spinal column, be gentle and never dig in. Next give him long gentle strokes, while applying slight pressure. After the massage give him a good scratching. By this stage our dogs are usually sighing in content or snoring.