Does Your Dog Need A Massage? Full Interview With Dog Massues

Ok, before I discovered Heidi Hess with Sound Hound Canine Massage I would have never considered getting Bella, my Boston Terrier a message. However, after being able to sit down with her to talk about all the benefits a massage can have for your canine a dog massage is compelling.

It today’s podcast episode I talk to Heidi Hess to discuss her profession as a dog massues. She is the founder of Sound Hound Canine Massage offering both private and group massage services. We discuss a number of topics. Below are some of the questions I ask Heidi during the interview.

Does Your Dog Need A Message? Full Interview With Dog Massues

Full Podcast Interview

Interview Questions

  • Please, tell me a little bit about yourself and how you got into Dog Massage?
  • What is a dog massage?
  • For someone who knows nothing about dog massages what are benefits or why should they do this for their dog?
  • Who is your typical client? I.e. elderly dogs, dogs with illnesses, or really anyone.
  • What are the possible negatives about getting a dog massage?
  • What do owners need to do before taking their dog to get a massage?
  • How often should owners have their dog massaged?
  • What has surprised you the most about doing dog massages?
  • What other services do you provide at Sound Hound Canine Massage?

How Can A Massage Help Your Pet?

Heidi mentions in the interview a massage for your dog can have a lot of great health benefits. These health benefits include the following:

  • Improves Circulation
  • Boost Immunity
  • Helps Reduce Stress & Anxiety
  • Improves Flexibility
  • Helps With Joint And Muscle Pain

What Type Of Dogs Does Heidi See At Sound Hound Canine Massage?

It really depends on what your goals are as far as having your dog massaged. Here is a list of dogs Heidi has seen as patients.

Three-Legged Dog
Athletic Dogs
Elderly Dogs
Dogs Post Surgery
Injured Dogs
Stressed Dogs

How Often Should You Have Your Dog Massaged?

In the beginning, Heidi says you should have your dog massaged at least once a week. Once a week massages will allow your dog to get used to the touch of the massage therapist. Dogs are used to being touched. However, they are not used to the touches of a massues, the therapist will be touching your dog in a way you probably don’t. 

Once your dog has become accustomed to the massage therapist you can then begin to taper off the number of visits. You can come when you think your dog will benefit. 

Does Your Dog Need A Message? Full Interview With Dog Massues
Heidi giving a massage.

Sound Hound Canine Massage Contact Info

Here is Heidi Hess’ contact information if you would like to talk to her about a dog massage.

Final thoughts…

While I would have never thought about hiring a massues for Bella, Heidi has really opened my eyes to the health benefits of doing so. I think Boston Terriers, in general, can benefit from massages because of the separation anxiety they have when a loved one leaves for the day. 

What do you think about dog massages? Listen to the full interview before you make your decision on getting a massage for your pet. 

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Donnie Gardner

Donnie Gardner is the owner of the Boston Terrier Society. He has been raising Bella the Boston since 2010. He resides in Kansas with his wife, daughter, and Bella. His favorite activities are hanging out with family, traveling, running (but has bad knees), and reading non-fiction books.

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