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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful
on January 24, 2005
Format: Paperback
I gave this book to my friend, who adores her dog, and is in dog shows and competitions (Golden Retrievers)
She loves it.
She said it was fun to read, and she really is enjoying Maryjean Ballners techniques. They are well explained and easy to follow, with photos, showing the actual massages. I gave Maryjeans other book "Cat Massage" to another friend of mine, and he said all his neighbors are passing it around, and he hasn't even got a chance to read it yet!
So for me, these books make a great gift for my pet loving friends.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
on March 19, 2008
Format: Paperback
(I'd give it 2.5 if I could.)

"Never give a dog any kind of massage if you are under the influence of alcohol or drugs."
"A dog's private parts are just that - private - to be left alone and not to be touched by you."
If you feel that the preceding are not obvious statements, then this book may be for you!

A good portion of the writing in this book is similar to the quoted advice above, or "stop if your dog doesn't like it" reiterated. (The book as it is, is thin.) The remaining is massage techniques that are well described with accompanying pictures.

This book could be useful if you were really serious about learning more professional techniques and giving your dog(s) a thorough massage. For the average person however, I would say borrow it or skim through it in a store for the amusing cautions. A lot of the advice in this book is fairly obvious to anyone who makes an effort to understand their dog(s) and keep them happy, and the rest is over the top.

Bottom line: If you've ever successfully massaged someone's back, and you know how your dog(s) likes to be touched, then you don't need this book.
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39 of 51 people found the following review helpful
on September 13, 2002
Format: Paperback
The first 56 pages are repetitive lists of kitschy phrases like "no-mo" and "fast n'frisky," plus endless warnings to stop if your dog isn't interested or doesn't like it (especially fur ruffling!). Well, duh. It's really written for someone who doesn't know their canine "companion" very well at all (oh the irony), and it's completely goofy. Linda Tellington-Jones writes much better animal therapy books.
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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful
Format: Paperback
This is one of those books which should be on every dog owner's shelf. Dog Massage gives you a complete guide plus careful instructions for getting your dog used to massage and getting him to enjoy it. A real winner!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on October 20, 2007
Format: Paperback
I bought this book because my dog is ALWAYS wanting me to rub his belly. I wanted to shower him with some more affection, and I thought I would give this book a try.

Although some of the tips are quite obvious (example: if your dog starts to nip, bite, or growl at a certain technique, you should stop that technique immediately) there is some good stuff in there.

I think this book would be good for people who have older dogs, or ones with joint, hip, or arthiritis issues. Your pooches will thank you!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on August 30, 2009
Format: PaperbackVerified Purchase
This book was purchased as a gift for my wife, a professional massage therapist, who is expanding her expertise to include pet massage. She was delighted with the book and thought it to be more educational than some of her formal textbooks.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on December 28, 2010
Format: Paperback
This is a wonderful first book on massage, and it has been equally loved by even our daughter (as young as 10 yrs old, giving the massage) and our furry sibes (receiving the massage). "Dog Massage" gives very easy to understand steps toward giving a relaxing and enjoyable pampered experience. Most dogs love being pet, but this book turns that pet into an optimal massage...that has our huskies asking for more. This does more than a pat on the head and rubbing behind the ears. The author writes in a way that is entertaining & easy for even those with little patience on reading. Even the simplest massage therapy practiced on dogs, can help with creating an even stronger bond...helping them feel that much more loved.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on June 1, 2009
Format: Paperback
Perfect book for someone like me that just wants to make sure I can make my German Shepherd feel good relief after a good hike or bike jog. If I'm sore, she probably is.
The book is in great condition, affordable, not a novel in length, easy to read and easy to understand. Didn't know there was so much involved in the dogs responses, etc. Great for our down time and perfect for me.
Completely satisfied.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on January 23, 2010
Format: PaperbackVerified Purchase
MY 90 YEAR OLD FATHER HAS BEEN GIVING MY 3 YEAR OLD AKITA A MASSAGE SINCE COMING HOME. WHEN I SAW THE AUTHOR ON LETTERMAN, I HAD TO MAKE SURE THAT THE DOG GAVE IT TO HIM FOR A CHRISTMAS PRESENT. HIS ANSWER WAS THAT HE WAS "CONSULTED" ON THE WRITTING OF THE BOOK. IT IS CUTE AND HAS MANY FACTS ON MASSAGE ON A DOG AS WELL AS HOW TO READ THE DOG'S FEELINGS. LAST YEAR HE GOT A T-SHIRT WITH "LET ME TELL YOU ABOUT MY GRANDDOG" WRITTEN ON IT FROM THE DOG. YES THE AKITA IS SPOILED AND VERY MUCH LOVED, DAD TOO.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on October 21, 2011
Format: PaperbackVerified Purchase
Bought this items several years ago, and never managed to read the entire book. I gave to goodwill last month.
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