Any dog can derive many benefits from massage from puppies, athletes, or seniors. Owners can observe a deficit of some sort be it shyness, reluctance to move, lameness, or obvious injury; and introduce massage therapy to aid their dog in healing and recovery.
Fast growing breeds are susceptible to sprains and strains so puppies can benefit from accelerated healing from these injuries. Massaging muscles around the joints can help accelerate healing.
Dogs that are shy and lacking in confidence.
Dogs competing in sports benefit from massage just like their human athlete counterparts. Canine athletes are subject to injuries as well. Strains and sprains, muscle overuse are all well suited to massage to facilitate recovery, reduce pain and maintain range of motion.
Senior dogs can suffer from many problems relating to ageing and often have renewed mobility following massage.