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Bodywork for Dogs
How do you feel after a massage? Relaxed and ready to face the world? - well our dogs can benefit from massage too, and in this episode you can hear from Lynn Vaughan who with her colleague Deborah Jones has brought out a DVD called Bodywork for Dogs - Intuitive Touch through Massage, Acupressure and Awareness.
The DVD can be used as a guide for owners to use massage techniques on their dogs, but has also been used to help train pet care professionals.
The techniques have many benefits for both dog and human, and can be used on dogs who are young or old, healthy or not so well. Indeed for some conditions massage can provide great relief from pain, and increase well being. As another incentive, the physical contact involved can improve the bond between you and your dog.
To find out more, massage your keyboard and explore the animals healing website.
The About.com guide to Owning a Dog
Do you long to read a book that paints a realistic picture of life with a dog - warts and all? Then try The About.com guide to Owning a Dog.
This is written by Krista Mifflin who is the Guide to Dogs on the About.com website. Krista has dogs in her life, and has done lots of research which both inform the book.
In this interview, she talks about how she came to write the book, and gives us an insight into some of the advice the book offers. The guide covers many areas - both the pleasant and that which we tend to shy away from, and ranges from how to choose the right dog to how to deal with things if problems arise.
Not only does the book contain lots of relevant information, but a really great feature is the many websites listed where you can continue learning. The first website to check out is of course, About.com.
Reading from The Knocknobbler
Bernard Cartwright is the author of The Knocknobbler, which chronicles his experiences as a dog warden in Worcester, UK. In this show he reads an extract from his book, revealing some of the colourful characters his job brought him into contact with - some older, some younger!
In the DogCast Radio News we hear how some dogs are having a hard time finding new homes. Apparently black dogs just get overlooked in shelters - so find out more visit www.blackpearldogs.com
Other dogs are proving a great success as facility dogs working in schools in Florida, USA. To discover more about how these dogs work go to www.caninecompanions.org/
Interesting dog items
Putting DogCast Radio together involves searching the internet for items of interest to dog lovers, and this week we've found a variety.
If you've recently lost a beloved dog, you may find comfort in this article.
Quote from Krista Mifflin: Dogs are gross and we have to be prepared to live with that!
Quote from Lynn Vaughan: We touch our dogs a lot, especially petting and so on, but when you're massaging there's much more of a focus and much more of an awareness of what's underneath your hands.