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Canine Massage -preventive pampering for wellness

When you consider the costs of raising a dog, many of which, like prescription medicine and surgery that people don’t count on, you can’t really argue that preventive care is too expensive. Health is not just the absence of illness, but includes real well-being. Well-being depends on more than just the physical aspects of your dog’s life, but his mental and emotional states, as well. And you might be surprised that one method that can effect profound changes in the emotional and spiritual lives of dogs is massage.


can relieve emotional trauma that results in fear biting, food aggression and separation anxiety

builds the dog’s confidence, directly affecting his ability to find his appropriate place in the pack and reducing inter-dog aggression

assists the dog through the grieving process when a family member dies or moves away

energizes the dog’s mind and increases body awareness

provides a meditative space for the dog so that the subconscious mind can work freely without distraction

helps insecure dogs become more comfortable about being handled

Massage works gently and effectively to release the tension held in the body after a traumatic event. If you’ve had a massage yourself, you’ve experienced the often unexpected benefits. If you’ve never had a massage, go and get one. When you experience the healing power of touch yourself, you’ll understand what a gift it can be for your dog.

Please check out my Canine Massage page – coming soon!

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  1. Kestrel says

    Hi! I just wanted to let you know about a great new book that has just been published: A Dog Lover’s Guide to Canine Massage, by Jody Chiquoine (RN, MSN, FNP, CCRT) and Linda Jackson (Lic.Ac, MacOM, MEd). This is a useful workbook designed for all dog lovers, as well as professionals, and dogs of all ages, sizes, and conditions. It is fully illustrated with photographs and diagrams, and provides a really good, solid foundation in canine massage technique. I tried it on my 9-year-old standard poodle, Crispin, and he loved it–it left him so relaxed.

    A Dog Lover’s Guide to Canine Massage is available from its website ( ), bookstores, pet shops, veterinarians, pet groomers, and directly from the publisher. If you are interested in bulk discounts or consignment orders, please contact Satya House Publications ( ) for details.

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