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A Dog Lover’s Guide to Canine Massage


Authors: Jody Chiquoine, RN, MSN, FNP, CCRT and Linda Jackson, Lic.Ac, MacOM, MEd
ISBN: 978-0-9729191-7-3

A Dog Lover’s Guide to Canine Massage is a practical workbook designed for all dog lovers, as well as professionals — veterinarians, groomers, kennel and shelter operators, trainers, etc. — and dogs of all ages, sizes, and conditions. Fully illustrated with more than 100 photographs and diagrams, the book provides a strong foundation in massage technique, canine anatomy, and a solid grounding in the how-to’s, what-for’s, and why not’s.

A Dog Lover’s Guide to Canine Massage includes an easy-to-understand section on canine anatomy from head to tail with useful charts and anatomical labels geared toward teaching the everyday pet owner about their dog’s body and needs. Each chapter includes short exercises that help the reader build their knowledge and confidence experientially, not just theoretically. You’ll learn what to look for before, during and after massage; why certain techniques are better than others for particular conditions such as arthritis; and how easily you can incorporate massage into your canine companion’s daily life.

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Whether you have a high end canine athlete or a beloved aging canine companion, canine massage will bring health and emotional benefits to you both. Jody Chiquoine and Linda Jackson bring years of experience working with dogs of all types to this wonderfully organized resource. A Dog Lover’s Guide to Canine Massage, a well researched and beautifully illustrated text, should be in every dog fancier’s library.”

— Janet B. Van Dyke, DVM
CEO and Founder, Canine Rehabilitation Institute, Inc.

“Jody and Linda’s workshop on Canine Massage is always the most popular session at Camp. Their understanding and enthusiasm for the benefits of massage is infectious and they know how to simplify instructions just enough to maintain quality while building confidence in the participants. ”

— Annie Brody, Director of Camp Unleashed
a holistic retreat for dogs and their guardians

“There are so many reasons that putting your hands on your dog in a meaningful way can enhance your relationship with her while giving you both pleasure. This book is a valuable tool in learning how to give massage to an older dog with arthritis or other physical compromise, to a dog after surgery, for a competition dog who pushes his body to the “max,” and even for a dog who is just the family pet with no special physical needs but who will greatly appreciate the special one-on-one time with you. All these dogs and their different physical situations are addressed by this wonderful workbook, which has clear explanations and even more helpful photographs to guide you through how to touch each part of your dog’s body. This book will teach you and guide you in how to use your hands on your dog to release tension, promote healing, increase overall health and most of all to enhance that loving bond you have with your dog that is greater than words can describe. There is no better way to express your appreciation and devotion to your pooch than by following the advice in this much-needed book.”

— Tracie Hotchner, author of The Dog Bible

About the Authors


About the Authors
Jody Chiquoine is the founder and director of Fitter Critters, a canine rehabilitation and hydrotherapy facility in Lee, MA. She is a Certified Canine Rehabilitation Therapist, a member of the American Canine Sports Medicine Association and certified in canine massage. She is a registered nurse and holds a Masters degree in Nursing. She helped design and introduce the first American Red Cross Pet First Aid course in Berkshire County, Massachusetts and offers instructor courses as well as pet first aid courses to the general public. She is a founding member and current president of Northeast Pyr Rescue.

Linda Jackson is the founder and director of the Centre for Acupuncture, which offers massage, acupuncture and herbal medicine for both human and canine clients in Great Barrington, Massachusetts. She is certified in Holistic Animal Care and is on the faculties of Kripalu Center and Berkshire Community College where she teaches massage and other related subjects. As a founding member of Kripalu Center in the 1970s, she developed programs in massage, meditation, yoga and healthy living. She has Masters degrees in both Oriental Medicine and in Education.

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