The power of touch

Removing Benny's vest so he could massage him all over

Removing Benny’s vest so he could massage him all over

A simple massage. Nothing too special.

Just hands moving slowly.

Gently.

With love.

Learning to massage Benny was the task of the day with Julian.

Let's practice on Coco

Let’s practice on Coco

Our dear friend Marilyn taught us how to properly do canine massage. And Benny just settled in and loved it.

First Marilyn showed Julian how to massage a dog with the Coco doll. Start at the nape of the neck and slowly work your way down the back of the dog.Slowly.

Gently.

Try it on the doll. Now start at the neck again but this time work your hands down one back leg.

Two hands moving in gentle circles

Two hands moving in gentle circles

Now move your hand in little circles on the dog’s back. Then up and down her back.

Coco the doll was very still and seemed to enjoy it!

Benny thought this was the best session ever

Benny thought this was the best session ever

Now should we try this on a real dog?Benny was ready, willing and able. Julian was a bit more nervous about touching the real dog but his friend Benny looked up at him and said “It’s ok, I really like this.” So Marilyn and Julian did it together, hand over hand.

Then they reached for Benny’s head to stroke him and he was so happy. Julian has had difficulty touching Benny from the front right on his head, but today it was a soothing gesture for both dog and boy.

A sleeping dog, so relaxed after his massage

A sleeping dog, so relaxed after his massage

Stroke each ear moving your hand all the way through the fur. Of course, only do this with a dog that is totally relaxed and loves being touched all over, including his ears! Benny loved it.

After a few minutes of gentle massage, Benny turned over and took a deep breath, sighed and almost fell asleep. By now Julian was totally into the massage and was so sweet with sleeping Benny.

Benny loves nothing more than touching his ears!

Benny loves nothing more than touching his ears!

A simple massage.Thank you Marilyn for sharing your talent with us and showing Julian the power of touch.