Dog Massage: A Whiskers-to-Tail Guide to Your Dog's Ultimate Petting Experience

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Macmillan, Jan 2, 2001 - Health & Fitness - 158 pages
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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"
  

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Contents

Authors Note
xv
Introduction
1
What Is Dog Massage?
5
Why Dog Massage?
9
Unfriendly and Friendly Feedback
13
The NoNos of Dog Massage
21
When to Dog Massage?
23
Where to Dog Massage?
25
Occipital Bump Rubbing
98
Neck Horseshoes
100
Getting Into It Head First
102
ChinUps
104
Crowning the KingQueen
107
A Facial Favorite
108
Apex Flicking
110
aka Trace Trace Ear Base
112

Anatomy and Physiology Made Simple
27
Voice Massage
32
Tools of the Trade
35
How to Approach Your Dog for Massage
47
Brush Massage
50
White Glove Treatments
51
Special Considerations
52
Tips to Remember
55
Scapula Please
57
Shoulder Strumming
59
TwoHanded Circular Shoulder Fanning
62
Shoulder Thumbing
63
TwoFinger Spine Slides
65
TwoHanded Spine Slides
67
Just Between Us Shoulder Blades
69
PostExercise Shoulder Circles
70
Back for More
71
The Grand Effleurage
73
A TwoHanded Double Delight
76
Base Fiddling
78
Ruffling Shuffle
80
Back Horseshoes
82
Spine Tingling
84
Finger Padding Along the Vertebrae
85
Gentle Rump Thumping
87
Farewell Flourishes
89
Lets Do a Little Necking
90
A Fido Favorite
92
Waving Down the Neckline
94
CrossNeck Flicking
96
Smoothing Over the Whisker Beds
114
Thenar Bucca Buffing
116
Emilys Forehead Favorite
118
Side of the Head Stroking
119
Side Stroking
120
A Subtle Satisfying Stroke
121
Dog Sandwich
122
Laylas Luxurious FronttoBack Caress
123
Alternating Circular Side Waving
125
Side Palming
127
Treasure Chest
129
Breast Stroking
130
Chest Cupping
132
Buffing the Breastplate
134
Petting the Pecs
135
Underarm Tickle
136
Thigh Action
138
Thigh Thumbing
139
PostExercise Thigh Circles
141
Tummy Touching
143
Belly Browsing
145
StandUp Stomach Stroking
147
Paws and Claws
149
PawClaw Caress
151
Paw Sandwich
152
Tiptoeing Through the Toes
153
Tail End
154
Caudal Cuddling
156
Tail End
157
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About the author (2001)

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!"

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