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With sensitive insight and simple language, the author describes common muscular problems underlying gait irregularities. Jean-Pierre explains how hands skilled in massage can contribute to a dog's comfort and healing. --Rachel Page Elliott, author of Dogsteps

Jean-Pierre Hourdebaigt has masterfully applied well-known, effective human massage techniques to dogs. Canine Massage is a well-organized, highly readable book that places those techniques at your fingertips. --Christine Zink, DVM, PhD, author of Peak Performance and Coaching the Canine Athlete

About the Author

Author Jean-Pierre Hourdebaigt, L.M.T. was born in the south of France and came to Canada in the early 1980s where he pursued a successful career as a Licensed Massage Therapist treating many well-known athletes and dignitaries from around the world. More recently he has used his empathy and compassion for animals to develop massage techniques especially designed for dogs and horses. Also by Jean-Pierre, Equine Massage: A Practical Guide.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 200 pages
  • Publisher: Dogwise Publishing; 2 edition (August 1, 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1929242085
  • ISBN-13: 978-1929242085
  • Product Dimensions: 0.5 x 8 x 7.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.9 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (33 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #177,403 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This book is the most useful guide I have found for canine massage. I have a large dog who loves being stroked, and so I decided to take advantage of that and learn as much about canine massage in an effort to help him with relaxation as well as rehabilitiation. This book is replete with detailed diagrams that show the skeletal and muscular anatomy of dogs so that a layman (like me) can read this book and immediately apply the techniques effectively.

From personal experience, I have been able to use the massage techniques learned from this book to relax my dog during thunderstorms, and to help relieve muscle spasms that occur (which I believe are related to his arthritis, as he is a canine senior citizen).

This book provides straightforward instructions along with detailed diagrams to speed the reader's learning curve, and I highly recommend it.

Aside from everything else, I am able to now spend time giving my dog a gentle, loving massage, just as a gesture of love. It is so nice to know I am easing away his physical tension as I massage, and his 'sighs' of relief as I work my way along his body give me the approval responses I need to know I'm doing the right things, and I know I've hit a home run when he starts to snore!
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Now in an updated second edition, Canine Massage: A Complete Reference Manual is for dog trainers, breeders, handlers, and ordinary pet owners alike. Author and licensed massage therapist Jean-Pierre Hourdebaigt, who treated athletes and world dignitaries before he applied his animal empathy talents toward canine massage, offers clear information illustrated with practical black-and-white "how-to" diagrams. Chapters cover dog kinesiology, principles and concepts of massage, common stress areas, stretching, hydrotherapy, common problems such as inflammation and scar tissue, and much more. Canine Massage is a serious, in-depth guide written by an expert, for professionals, although it is comprehensible to lay people. A "must-have" for anyone charged with holistic therapeutic treatment of a stressed or sick dog.
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I found Canine Massage: A Complete Reference Manual to be a valuable reference tool for dog massage. Together, I purchased Canine Massage: Complete Reference Manual and Canine Massage DVD (Integrated Touch Therapy). Having the ability to reference and read what is described on the DVD has enabled me to put together a great massage therapy program for my canine clients.
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This book is phenomenal. It doesn't treat you like you are a complete idiot which is its first attribute. Then the instructions are very simple and easy to understand. The pictures have got to be the best part of it all. Really easy to understand. HIGHLY recommend this book!
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Our Border Collie had a malignant tumor removed along with half of his triceps, We needed to massage his leg before and after walking & swim therapy. The book was helpful as it showed different types of massage and exactly where it was needed. The Canine Massage book was very thorough and covered a lot of detail without being too technical.
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My dogs were in the car when I was rear ended at a red light, car was totaled. I was transported to the ER. I didn't care what my condition was I only cared bout my little angels. They were both very sore, in a lot of pain hearing them moan and cry at night broke my heart. The vet suggested massage, got this book it helped my lil min pins a lot, all knots are gone they seem like they are doing better and don't want me to stop the massage lol
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I haven't gotten through much of this one either - but I love it. As a massage therapist already, I believe I can easily transfer my skills and training to working with small pets - with confidence. It contains a lot of information and diagrams/anatomy. And, if one needs a 'first good book,' I'd think this is it (but I really don't know). Eventually, if I want to pursue more pet massage work professionally, I would get DVDs or find a hands-on class course (but they seem expensive and out of my physical location). I would also see if I could practice on animals [the quiet ones] at a rescue shelter or humane society. It is really spending time with a lonely dog and giving him or her a bit extra - I would hope a humane society or shelter would appreciate and welcome this service. One only does a couple of minutes to start with on a pet new to this 'work' - I am really excited about reading this book. Sometimes I think I would prefer to just work on pets instead of people. They just don't tip well.
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This is definitely a reference book. It has everything you would want to know without attending a semester of classes. Wonderful pictures allowing the reader to follow with ease. For those with older dogs this is a resource to ease pain issues. For those who have athletic working dogs, this is a must to keep your canine in prime form through massage.
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