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Core Stability for You and Your Dog

Core Stability for You and Your Dog Stability It’s essential to feel stable during PetMassage. During the massage session, you must radiate stability. When you are off-balance, or can be easily pushed off-center by dogs you cannot be modeling the stability of leadership.  And that can happen during sessions when dogs paw at you, nudge…

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Massage Dogs that Limp

Massage Dogs that Limp This week’s Helpful Hint is the support content for this week’s YouTube video. I invite you to watch it. The video has several examples and demonstrations while this article fleshes out more specific instruction. I hope you find value in both of them.  Pain Limping is caused by pain. Pain is a…

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Massage Dog’s Lymphatics for Their Health and Happiness

Massage Dog’s Lymphatics for Their Health and Happiness. Our most recent YouTube video topic is: Massage Dog’s Lymphatics for Their Health and Happiness. It is on our PetMassage Training and Research Institute YouTube channel.  It is a little long, almost 10 minutes; and I think you’ll appreciate all the content that’s presented for you. Here…

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Canine Massage on Table vs Floor

Canine Massage on Table vs Floor This week we released a new video on our YouTube channel. In it I share my views on practicing canine massage on a table compared to working on the floor. Both have their place. Whenever and however possible though, we need to maintain mindful and ergonomic body mechanics. It is essential…

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TVCM Tongue Analysis and Pulse Assessment

TVCM Tongue Analysis and Pulse Assessment We invite you to register and attend a special 1-day workshop on TVCM Tongue Analysis and Pulse Assessment. There is more to assess during your dog’s massage beyond ears, eyes, and body language. This is a workshop where you will learn specialized skills to assess how your dog’s body is responding during massage! The…

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Hi. Right This Minute, How Are You?

Hi. Right This Minute, How Are You? Really. I’m Here For You. PetMassage™ is a method of spontaneous communication, a dialogue, in which both the practitioner and the dog strive together to create enhanced balance and function. It’s a type of “Call and response.“ Can I get an Amen? During their PetMassage™ every dog expresses…

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YouTube Video Lesson: Massage for Dogs with Allergies.

Here’s our most recent video lesson on YouTube: Massage for Dogs who get Spring and Summer Allergies. A runny nose can be a big deal for a dog. Dogs have 220 million smell receptors in their noses compared to our 5 million. It is not in our Scope of Practice to treat concerns- massage can…

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WaterWork is PetMassage Canine Aquatic Massage

WaterWork is PetMassage Canine Aquatic Massage  This Helpful Hint blog is based on this YouTube video. Its intention is to describe canine aquatic massage and encourage you to learn and practice it. Canine aquatic massage is a fabulous variation of the dry PetMassage. Sessions are given in a heated (usually indoor) swimming pool.  They both have the…

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PetMassage Original DVDs and Books

PetMassage Original DVDs and Books It was just brought to our attention that somehow, someway, Amazon is having “technical issues” with several of our canine massage instructional books and DVDs.  How could such a thing happen? PetMassage books and DVD’s show as being unavailable or with prices that are outrageously high. We are working to…

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Moving Like a Potted Palm

Moving Like a Potted Palm Did you see it? We are posting new YouTube videos every Tuesday at 2 pm. The most recent is “Moving Like a Potted Palm” Feng Shui/Tai Qi This is one of the body mechanics exercises that we practice during our PetMassage™ Foundation Level workshop. It’s a variation of a Feng…

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Greatest Love of All

Greatest Love of All Woke up this morning with the lines of a Whitney Huston song* on loop-repeat in my head. This has never happened before. At least not with this song. It’s amazing what floats up to consciousness in the last moments of a dream. It’s special when dreams continue into waking state. “I…

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Massage Reversed Camille’s Bad Breath. Really.

Massage Reversed Camille’s Bad Breath. Really. Unexpected and Unsolicited Testimonial Last evening Anastasia and I are walking the dogs around our neighborhood. We paused to chat with some neighbors sitting out on their front steps. Camille jumps up on the fellow’s lap to lick his face. He looks up at us, surprised. He asks “Her…

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Video Tour of PetMassage Classroom

Video Tour of PetMassage Classroom We just posted a new video on our new YouTube channel. It’s the Tour of the PetMassage classroom. I invite you to view the video. Here is its transcript: Intro Hi. I’m Jonathan and I’m here with Camille and Ilaria. We’re going to give you a tour of the PetMassage…

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Muscle testing 

Muscle testing  Muscle testing is a technique used in PetMassage. It’s a visual way of asking your higher consciousness for advice when your regular consciousness isn’t sure. The theory is: that there is another level of communication, of understanding, of recognition that some things are right, some wrong; some things are better for us than…

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New PetMassage YouTube Video Releases

New PetMassage YouTube Video Releases ‪Please watch our first two New Happy PetMassage YouTube Videos: “How Massaging Your Dog Helps You” and “How to Quiet Your Dog With Meditation” @YouTube. A new one will be released each Tuesday at 2pm. Watch for them. They’re pretty funny. Also, Please subscribe to our new YouTube channel: PetMassage Training…

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Fun When You Run

Fun When You Run.  Audio book: PetMassage™ Energy Work for Dogs We’ve had several requests for audio podcasts. I reached into our archives, stuck in my thumb and came out this plum. It’s the audio book we use as one of the texts for our PetMassage™ Advanced Level Workshop. “PetMassage™ Energy Work for Dogs.” The…

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Some Scholarships Awarded

Some Scholarships Awarded We were thrilled to be able to award $300 Colvin scholarships to Advanced PetMassage™ workshop students. Their essays showed their appreciation for their training and passion for continuing their practice of Canine Massage. More Scholarships Available We have two more scholarships available for people who would like some financial support to attend their PetMassage™…

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New Book: How to Massage My Senior Dog, and a Favor

New Book: How to Massage My Senior Dog, and a Favor New Book is on Amazon Thank you to everyone who submitted enthusiastic comments about my new book, How To Massage My Senior Dog: Elements of Style and Full Body PetMassage Sequence. Over 20 years ago I recognized the special needs for our geriatric dogs. We…

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Scholarship Offer

Scholarship Offer We are excited to offer an essay contest to assist your PetMassage™ training. – two $300 scholarships which are to be applied toward your PetMassage™ Foundation Level workshop fees and – two $300 scholarships toward your PetMassage™ Advanced Level workshop fees. This can be applied, in addition to the buddy discount offer. These…

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Meridians Pulse and Tongues Tell Stories

Meridians Pulse and Tongues Tell Stories Would you like to be able to assess the qualities of pulses of individual meridians. All you have to do is learn how to palpate, where to palpate, what to palpate, and interpret what you feel as meaningful information. Would you like to look at a dog’s tongue and…

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Think Less, Do More

Think Less, Do More Message I got a message the other day from a friend in a meditation group. The note said “Think less and do more.” Think Less About What? So, of course, I wondered what she was suggesting. What did she mean? Why was she saying this? What was her motivation? In other…

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Skills To Get Spontaneous Validation from Dogs

Are You Doing It Right? Have you ever wanted to get spontaneous validation during your canine massage? Would you appreciate the knowledge that at that moment, you were doing what the dog needed most that would enhance their life? That you were on the right spot, moving in the right direction, with the right pressure,…

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Water Puppies For Health and Happiness

Water Puppies For Health and Happiness Water babies Many of us are water babies. I’m not just referring to people who were born in hot tubs ala French obstetrician Frédérick Leboyer; or water-birth in bathtubs with the advice, consent, and support of doulas and midwives. And I’m not limiting water babies to those  born under…

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Canine Massage, The Future of

Canine Massage, The Future of Job Scene In 20 Years Do you ever wonder what the job scene might look like in 20 years? Where will the jobs be? We know the employment picture will be very different from today. And, some vocations, like PetMassage™ will grow and evolve.  There will obviously still be opportunities in…

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The Life of a Canine Massage Practitioner

The Life of a Canine Massage Practitioner Wake up. Think about massaging dogs. Massage dogs. Do something that supports your dog massage practice. Go to sleep. Repeat. All dogs love and appreciate whatever massage you give them. Your best efforts are good enough for them. Fortunately for them, your best, when you practice, can be…

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The PetMassage™ Foundation Level Workshop.

The PetMassage™ Foundation Level Workshop. New workshop model Increasing its breadth and depth Expanding the workshop experience Reducing the fees for repeating practitioners. New PetMassage™ workshop model Recently, Anastasia and I attended a body mechanics workshop. The stated intention of the people who were giving the workshop was that they were going to change the practice of…

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Dog Sitter Walks On The Wild Side

Dog Sitter Walks On The Wild Side Anastasia and I took a short vacation to celebrate her birthday. We arranged to have a friend come to our home throughout the day to take care of our dogs. Not used to walking two 40+ pound boxers, our friend was concerned about what might happen if their…

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Canine Aquatic Massage: The WaterWork™ Workshop

Canine Aquatic Massage: The WaterWork™ Workshop The Dog Dive, Kalamazoo We have relocated the PetMassage™ WaterWork workshop that will be held Monday – Thursday, January 22-25, 2018. The class will be at The Dog Dive in Kalamazoo, Michigan. We are thrilled that the owners of The Dog Dive, Mary Lester and Beth and Daryl Yerrick…

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Soft Eyes See Where To Focus

Soft Eyes See Where To Focus Soft Focus There is soft focus in the practice of yoga. There is the soft focus used in meditation. Use your soft focus with your dog in PetMassage™. Hold your hand 6 inches from your nose with your thumb up. Squint, and focus on your thumbnail. Everything behind it…

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PetMassage™ Training, Students, Validated With Testimonial

PetMassage™ Training, Students, Validated With Testimonial PetMassage™ Students Are Awesome We’re proud of our students. Every dog massage that our graduates give demonstrates the depth and quality of the training they’ve received. They proudly post the initials CPMP after their names. It stands for Certified PetMassage™ Practitioner. Every dog massage also demonstrates the depth and…

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PetMassage™ Foundation Level Workshop – Refresher

PetMassage™ Foundation Level Workshop – Refresher We just completed the final Foundation Level Workshop of the year. The students were all enthusiastic, attentive, responsible, and passionate about embarking on new careers helping dogs using massage. Everyone was so committed; the week flew by in a euphoric blur. The workshop ends with smiles, tearful hugs, and…

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Indian Hand Gestures: Mudras

Indian Hand Gestures: Mudras Mudras Mudras, hand gestures, in classical dance in India, are symbolic for directing energy towards the sun, the moon, the spirit, the ground. We integrate these predominantly in our Transitions PetMassage™. They are functional. Purposeful. Mudras are essential for driving the narrative of the story the dance is telling. The Classical…

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Sumi-e PetMassage

Sumi-e PetMassage™ Japanese Ink Painting I had an intriguing lesson last weekend. I attended a short workshop on Sumi-e painting. I rediscovered and reclaimed a freedom that I had nearly forgotten. I was so eager to take this class. This was something that I’d wanted to learn since my age was still in single digits.…

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Fluid Flow

Fluid Flow So much significance is placed on lymphatic and other fluid movement is because they can be tracked and measured. PetMassage™ affects the movement and viability of all the fluids in the body. Besides the blood and lymph, here is a partial list of some of the other fluids in the body: cerebral spinal…

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Crisis At The Dog Park

Crisis At The Dog Park Socializing At the Dog Park The Park District in Toledo OH just opened its first dog park. Toledo has finally joined the rest of the cities in the country in its dog-friendliness. Going to an off-leash park is a new experience for us. We have a new puppy. We reasoned…

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Candle Flame

Candle Flame Firing Neurons, Scottie I caught a flicker of a candle flame. It appeared during a recent meditation. The reflection was the shadow of a tiny flare that flashed way back behind my eyes. Oh look: shiny! I thought about the focus and intentionality needed to light a candle. A single match, touched correctly…

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Conducting the symphony

Conducting the symphony A conductor’s job is to bring the disparate voices of the orchestra together for the purpose of creating magical moments of music. Woodwinds, brass, percussion, strings, chorus, solo artists, all unite under the active intentional direction of the conductor’s baton. Musicians follow every eye movement, each facial expression, each lift of the…

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Laws Concerning Canine Massage

Laws Concerning Canine Massage Due Diligence The due diligence that one of our students did while deciding whether to pursue a career in canine massage was very impressive. While most of us might look at the chart on the IAAMB website that shows the laws governing canine massage by state; and see that there are…

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Heart Chakra

Heart Chakra This week’s newsletter is a beautifully written research paper submitted by Susan Miller, of south Florida. Foundation Level students must each write a short paper on a subject assigned to them as part of their requirements to earn PetMassage Certification. Susan’s topic was the Heart Chakra. This, and many other papers by Foundation…

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Advanced Level Workshop

Advanced Level Workshop There are still openings for the final Advanced Level PetMassage workshop in 2017. You can still register for it. The dates are September 18-22. Your prep for it is your practice experience. A couple of the attendees are coming from the southeast where this year’s storms have been especially dire. If any…

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Massaging Dogs on The Floor

Massaging Dogs on The Floor Quality Control Sometimes it is impossible to get a dog up on a table because they are too heavy to lift, or if they are in so much pain you feel in danger of being bitten. In these rare situations, by all means, do what you can to massage them,…

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