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Dog massage : a whiskers-to-tail guide to your dog's ultimate petting experience
Ballner, Maryjean.
Personal Author:
First edition.
Publication Information:
New York : St. Martin's Press, [2001]

Physical Description:
xiii, 158 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm
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SF991 .B27 2001 Adult Non-Fiction Non-Fiction Area

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Since we don't speak "Basic Bark," the best way to canine-communicate is through touch. Regular Dog Massage sessions give dogs the attention they crave and the affection they need, and the techniques explained in this book are designed to:

- Relax tense, overworked muscles
- Help puppies benefit from touch, especially during their prime socialization period
- Aid early detection of health problems
- Improve sociability and help calm a "Rowdy Rover"
- Promote cooperation during grooming and visits to the vet
- Enhance that loving bond between you and your dog

Recommended by veterinarians and dog experts, massage is an essential part of your pet's health care. Dog Massage gives you all the skills you need, including:

- Basic Massage Motions, Hand Positions, Speeds, Pressures and Moods
- Over 50 Massage Techniques from Whiskers to Tail
- Advanced Techniques and "White Glove Treatments"
- How to "Voice Massage"

Author Notes

Maryjean Ballner is a New York State Licensed Massage Therapist who now lives in the San Francisco Bay Area. She is the author of Cat Massage and producer of the video "Your Cat Wants a Massage!"

Reviews 2

Publisher's Weekly Review

For those who love dogs, licensed massage therapist Maryjean Ballner (Cat Massage) offers "upgraded petting that generates amazing results" in her new step-by-step, dog-approved, do-it-yourself Dog Massage: A Whiskers-to-Tail Guide to Your Dog's Ultimate Massage Experience. Intended specifically as a means of enhancing the relationship between dogs and their human friends (never try to give a massage to a strange dog, Ballner warns), this fully illustrated guide advises readers on various techniques (petting the pecs, thigh thumbing and the paw-claw caress) with cheerful encouragement, important cautions and tips on how to tell if a dog does not like a particular form of massage. (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

Library Journal Review

Ballner lives in San Mateo, CA, but is a New York State-licensed massage therapist. She has written this book, as well as one titled Cat Massage, to help people develop a stronger bond with their pets through touch. The reader is cautioned not to use these techniques on unfamiliar dogs and to seek appropriate veterinary care when required. Introductory chapters cover what dog massage is, various "no-no's," when and where to do massage, simplified anatomy and physiology, special considerations (such as senior dogs and post-surgical dogs), and important tools of the trade (hand parts, hand positions, motions, speed, pressure, and moods). Most of the text is devoted to specific massage techniques; arranged by area of the body, they are well defined and well illustrated. Each section is easy to read and understand, and each is accompanied by cautions. Done correctly, dog massage should be an enjoyable experience for both dog and owner. This book can be used by the average pet owner. Recommended where interest in dog books runs high.DEdell M. Schaefer, Brookfield P.L., WI (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.