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Healing Touch for Dogs: The Proven Massage Program Paperback – March 4, 2004
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About the Author
Dr. Michael W. Fox, well-known veterinarian and former vice president of the Humane Society of the United States, reaches millions of readers through the nationally syndicated newspaper column "Animal Doctor" with United Features, and is the author of more than 40 books on animal-related issues, including The Healing Touch for Cats, The New Animal Doctor's Answer Book, and Love Is a Happy Cat.
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Top Customer Reviews
Pay attention to your dog's breathing. Mine will sigh or let out a big exhale which tells me he likes what I'm doing. We all need positive reinforcement!
We've only been at it a couple weeks so I can't advise on whether it is truly helping his pain. I do know that he appreciates the deep muscle massage around the hips, but he's still too tender to exert much pressure. Multiple massages a day is definitely worthwhile - at the very least one in the morning and one at night.
I think some of the massage gives him a burning sensation in the muscle because he sometimes tries to lick or nip himself in a particular spot I'm rubbing. When I see that, I give light vigorous rub to the area (I forget the term the author used for this in the book, but he mentions doing it toward the end). I find that it does help alleviate the burn or discomfort that he sometimes gets during his massage, but I do it a second time in the proper order.
This is definitely a bonding experience for you both.
Two things I wish: 1) I would have found better picture examples helpful in learning where I should be touching; and 2) As much as I LOVE my Kindle, I wish I had purchased the book itself. This is the first reference-type book I have gotten on my Kindle and I find myself having to refer back often (not too easy to do) and have made written notes for myself on what to do when and for how long.
Good luck to all your pups. I hope they are feeling better soon!
I was thinking of getting the books on accupressure for dogs, but this one contains that informations, plus more. It has terrific tips on how to massage the animal, different kneading motions, my dogs were so relaxed after they get massaged, you can see they're so happy from it.
It's a great way to bond with your dog. This book also contains step by step ways to check on your dog, how to check for ailments, and what to look out for.
Very good buy! Highly recommended!
NOTE WELL, KINDLE USERS: the text of the book refers to charts on certain pages WITHOUT LINKS to the charts, and since his charts are NEITHER TITLED NOR NUMBERED, be prepared to get lost. ('Wait, he's talking about muscles... which of these darn pictures am I supposed to be looking at?!')
It's a dead giveaway when the author keeps referring back to "chapter 6". There is a good reason for it--it is pretty much the only chapter in the book that actually describes how to give your dog a massage. That's right folks, in a book with ELEVEN chapters, ONE of them actually describes how to give a massage. Even when presenting "diagnostic" and "therapeutic" variations of the basic massage, he pretty much just points you back to the basic massage, suggesting some slight variations.
Sadly, if that one chapter were user friendly, I may have even been able to overlook the massive waste of time I spent reading through the rest of the book. The actual descriptions of HOW to give a massage are vague at best. Where you should do what manipulation is apparently supposed to be intuitive. At one point--I kid you not--the book actually reads, "make searching, circular movements and the [acupressure] point will find you." No additional information is given on HOW we are supposed to know--for all I know, the point will make itself known to me by singing opera. I guess we're supposed to figure this (and much of the rest of the massage techniques) out on our own. Oh wait, didn't I just buy a book for help on that?Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Its easy to read you dont have to know alot about the dog anatomy...Published 3 months ago by MARIA SMITH
I enjoyed this book and had a lot of fun practising on my own dogs with good results. I think a must read for anyone who wants to seriously get into the world of canine massage. Read morePublished 5 months ago by Jacquie Humphrey
this great old book is still relevant today, would recommend reading.Published 5 months ago by laura
the book was in great shape excellent price and very helpful as Im currently studying Animal massage!Published 13 months ago by Frances C Lynn
This is an excellent book on various ways to massage your dog. It allows one to choose the level of work to be done, from simple to more complex techniques. Read morePublished 13 months ago by Finn