Body and Gait Mechanics  The dogs we walk and massage entrain with our posture, gait and breathing. Our dogs are very aware of how we are feeling. Any limp, slouch, imbalance in gait, unfocused look, and incomplete breath signals them that something is amiss. In the Body and Gait Mechanics for PetMassage™ Practitioners on-site, hands-on workshop, you…

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Medical Terminology, Canine Physiology, Kinesiology and Pathology for the Canine Massage Practitioner [PetMassage™ Home Study Course] This home study course is designed to enhance your comprehension and working knowledge of the medical terminology, its etymology and definitions, physiology, and the basic functions within the body that are applicable to canine / dog massage. Learn about kinesiology, movement (bones, ligaments,…

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Sharing Articles Vivienne Pastars, a beautiful spirit from Australia who traveled to the PetMassage School in Toledo Ohio for her Foundation Level Program Training, was asked to write an article about canine massage for the Australian magazine, Holistic Bliss. She wrote me saying she didn’t want to reinvent the wheel so she shared one of the PetMassage Helpful Hints blogs.…

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PetMassage for Kids’ Safety  Happy dogs, Safe Kids The happiest dogs are the “dogs kids massage.” The safest kids are the ones who massage their dogs. PetMassage for Kids is a sweet little program that teaches kids how to respect dogs and care for them with massage. Lessons Learned Early Inform Citizenship I don’t know…

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PetMassage™ Energy Work with Dogs [Home Study Course] Summary: Everything is energy. There is no separation between your dog’s energy-body and her physical-body. Energy can be influenced. Rechanneled. Excited. Calmed. In this course, you learn to enhance the energetic quality of your life, the lives of your dogs, the lives of your canine / dog…

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Independent Study [PetMassage™ Home Study Course] The intention of this course is for you to be an SME, Subject Matter Expert on the topic assigned to you. The report must be in a research paper form that we can edit, as a Word Document. It will be published on the PetMassage.com website and made available…

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Research Papers Lead to Help for Dog Owners On Nov 27, 2018, we received a desperate sounding email from someone who was reaching out to PetMassage for advice. He found us while doing a web search on an issue he and his service dog are dealing with. The issue he was researching was a Research…

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Basic Anatomy of the Dog [PetMassage™ Home Study Course] The “Basic Anatomy of the Dog” PetMassage™ Home Study Course was specially formulated to meet the practical needs of the beginning dog massage / canine massage practitioner. While administering a canine massage, it is imperative that you know enough about canine anatomy that you are able…

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Keywords vs Key Actions When someone asks about the benefits of PetMassage for dogs, what words would you use to describe? You might use terms like relaxation, flexibility, flow, Ch’i, circulation, integrity, neuromuscular, lymphatics, drainage, quality of life, rehabilitation, and balance. There are lots more; you get the idea. Words themselves only hint at the…

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PetMassage Canine Aquatic Massage Programs Imagine yourself shoulder deep in a large heated pool, holding a dog, suspended in water. You guide the dog’s body in your arms in large, sweeping movements across the surface of the water. You watch the ripples on the surface. You feel how the water drags and drifts the dog’s…

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PetMassage™ for Dogs 3-part Set The 3 parts to this set are   1. & 2. The set of PetMassage for Dogs 2 DVDs, 2 hours of enjoyable training of canine massage 3.  Art and Essence of Canine Massage, PetMassage for Dogs, the book for canine massage instruction.306 pages, illustrated, index.   This 3-part set is…

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PetMassage for Dogs, 2-DVD set Are you looking for a resource to show you how to massage dogs? Here are 2 hours of enjoyable instruction in which you are shown how to do it! This is the immersive instruction that you cannot get following the illustrations in a book. These are skills you must see…

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PetMassage for Kids After-school and Camp programs The content for the popular after school and camp programs is the PetMassage™ for Kids 3-Part Set and a curriculum for after school and camp programs.  Educators purchase these sets with quantity discount and resell them to their students to increase their revenue. Each child is encouraged to purchase the…

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PetMassage for Kids, 4-Part Set This is the perfect gift for the child who loves dogs and who wants to take care of the family dog. The PetMassage™ for Kids 4-Part Set includes Dogs Kids PetMassage, book Kids Guide to Massaging Dogs DVD  and Doggie Songs Audio CD PetMassage Patch  In the book and video, the children attend a PetMassage…

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Dogs Kids PetMassage Book Dogs Kids PetMassage is for dogs, kids and their families.  PetMassage is a fun and effective way to help your dog achieve optimal physical and emotional balance. This is an enjoyable, easy-to-follow, book that follows two children as they learn canine massage, and dog handling skills in a PetMassage for Dogs…

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Move Your Feet- They’re Important in PetMassage Are your feet passive? Or do you use them actively, as integral elements in your massage form? During your canine massage, do you want to promote the dog’s movement, flexibility, and flow? If these are your intentions, it makes sense that every touch ought to be infused with your movement,…

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Creating & Marketing Your Animal Massage Business A reader-friendly book to show you the way to success. The animal health care industry is one of the fastest growing segments of our economy. Pet owners, rehabilitation vets, trainers, and handlers are all demanding more holistic forms of wellness care. Creating & Marketing Your Animal Massage Business…

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TRANSITIONS: PetMassage Energy Work for the Aging and Dying Dog – a book of comfort and purpose for you and your dog. A Transition is a change, or shift, from one lifestyle, or quality of life to another. One energy form to another. It can be from one developmental age group to another, a change…

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  PetMassage for the Family Dog Book You already massage your dogs. Everyone does. With this easy-to-learn instruction, you can do it better. This book is guaranteed to change the way you touch your dog! PetMassage for the Family Dog expands on the dog massage you do intuitively, with the skills and theory of professional canine massage…

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Speaking in Tongues In PetMassage; Internalized Sensations Aromas are Conversational Dogs skin releases aromas during PetMassage. They are different when the dog is sick, healthy, tired, hungry, fearful, lonely, happy, stressed, anxious, holding back, and/or simply relaxing. This is how dogs know so much about each other … and us. Pheromones These aromas are not…

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This is My Dog, Fractal Story There’s an important story that is being presented to us wherever we place our hands on our dog during PetMassage. Each touch is a snapshot of the dog’s life in the moment we are sharing it. Each Touch Each touch on the crease of the palm or whirl of…

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Focus on Sending the Correct Signals In our PetMassage for Dogs Foundation Workshop we place great emphasis on being conscious of our body language. Every movement you make is interpreted by your dogs. To know what your dog is reacting to, you need to be conscious of what signals you are broadcasting. You need to…

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The PetMassage Assessment Stroke Assessment strokes are an important part of every canine massage. They help us, the Practitioner, and the dogs, identify where to focus to get the most out of the PetMassage session. Assessments strokes follow specific patterns and help us understand the dog’s whole body. They traverse the top line, the underside,…

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PetMassage, the Profession Is Canine Massage what you’d like to do as a profession? PetMassage is Canine Massage vocational training, as developed for professional practitioners. It is a form with a very specific set of massage skills and styles. PetMassage begins with Swedish massage skills adapted to be appropriate for dogs. The form is strongly influenced by…

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Time is Right for PetMassage As pet owners and caregivers, we as a culture, are evolving.  Maturing.  Becoming more aware and authentic in the way we take care of dogs. It wasn’t so long ago that veterinarians didn’t acknowledge that dogs experienced pain and so did not provide pain medication after surgeries. We’ve fortunately moved…

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Support Systems Most mornings I sit for several minutes on the sofa, sipping my coffee, flanked by our two dogs. We settle into the quiet and practice detachment, as thoughts appear and dissolve. Memories, narratives of memories, goals, plans, all randomly float on by. Between the thoughts I experience the present. I feel my breath.…

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Prepare your hands before giving PetMassage Before you begin any exercise, you need to warm up. Stretch your body. Before beginning any project, you need to clean and prepare your tools. In canine massage, our tools are our hands. I’d like to share some ways to prepare your hands so that you can give your…

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In PetMassage our Hands are our Primary Tools. This is a slightly modified version of this title than that which you view on the YouTube video. We communicate with dogs using our hands. Touch. Dogs are more aware of the subtleties and nuances in our touch than people, so we need to know what signals…

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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 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. 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 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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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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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  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 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 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 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. 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 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 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 ‪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.  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 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 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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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 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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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 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 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 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. 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 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 The Dog Dive, Kalamazoo We have relocated the PetMassage Canine Aquatic Massage 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…

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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™ 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 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 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™ 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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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Inspirational PetMassage Instruction Quality Instruction In my opinion, a good instructor must always present the course content as if it were in an engaging conversation. The energy of the learning experience must be alive. Moving with the breath. Vibrant. Every moment must feel–must be–fresh and spontaneous. In my view, even the most obvious and mundane…

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Releasing Reciprocal Joints Reciprocal Joints Sometimes when we pick up the dogs foreleg the whole limb feels stiff.  All three major joints, the shoulder, the elbow, and the carpus, or wrist, are locked. There are several reasons why these joints might be held so rigidly. Some of them could be physiological, some behavioral. Chronic (long…

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