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A Dog Lover's Guide to Canine Massage Paperback – October 1, 2008
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About the Author
Jody Chiquoine: founder/director of Fitter Critters, a canine rehabilitation and hydrotherapy facility in Lee, MA. Certified Canine Rehabilitation Therapist, a member of the American Canine Sports Medicine Association, certified in canine massage. Linda Jackson: certified in Holistic Animal Care, founder/director of The Centre for Acupuncture, which offers acupuncture and massage for human and canine clients in Great Barrington, MA.
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The dog seems to agree wholeheartedly with me, too, although I really have a problem when the bliss makes her eyes roll back in her head :0
The editorial review states "Fully illustrated with more than 100 photographs and diagrams" - yes there are photographs, but they're very small and some aren't applicable, like the 8 photos meant to demonstrate different ear types (which are basically pictures of different dog's heads), or the ones showing human body parts as if they relate to a dog's body parts. I didn't find any diagrams at all. The photos that are meant to show massage techniques or stretches aren't clear enough to tell how you're supposed to do the stroke.
Some of the "do's and don't" are really stupid - like "don't smoke during massage" or "avoid wearing heavy perfume" (which is under the "do" section...). Pretty obvious stuff.
I found the explanations of the strokes to be OK, I could sort of understand what they were saying, however whether I can actually put it into practice is another story. There's a whole section on stretching but from the description, I'm not sure I'd be comfortable trying it. I'd be afraid I'd hurt my dog if I accidently stretched too much or the wrong way, especially the knee and hip stretches. I'd feel more comfortable having this done by a professional.
In the "How to Use This Book" section at the beginning, it states that the book was planned as a guide to the author's massage trainings. I think that the book would be a useful addition to such a class, which is one of the reasons why I gave it two stars instead of one. But without anyone showing me what to do, I'm not at all sure I can use it on my own, which is why I can't recommend this book.
As a point of disclosure, the authors have taught workshops in canine massage for four years at the sleepover dog camp that I run in the Berkshires and I can tell you that people who attend Camp Unleashed are consistently enthusiastic and appreciative of learning this new holistic modality that they can easily incorporate into their daily life. Jody and Linda came to their professions (canine rehabilitation specialist and licensed massage therapist, respectively) out of their complete dedication to and love of dogs and it shows in this book. In A Dog Lovers Guide to Canine Massage, they not only explain the physiology and techniques of massage, but also encourage the reader to use massage as a way to deepen your relationship. We all love to pet our dogs and do it unconsciously throughout the day--canine massage takes it to another level and becomes a wonderful way to spend quiet, quality time with your animal companion and build a physical sense of trust and love ---with real benefits to your dog's emotional and physical health. This book should be in every dog lover's library!