Dogwise Publishing is pleased to announce the arrival of The Healthy Way to Stretch Your Dog - A Physical Therapy Approach by Sasha and Ashley Foster. As people have become more aware of the means by which they can keep their dogs healthy and active for longer periods of time, there has been an increased interest in hands-on techniques like massage, T-Touch, even chiropractic manipulations for dogs. One related subject that has not been focused on as much is stretching. Stretching can be very beneficial to dogs (not to mention humans!), however, it is critical that you use proper techniques and adjust them for the particular needs of your dog (age, size, natural flexibility, activities engaged in). Utilizing the latest research and physical therapy techniques, Ashley and Sasha have put together everything you need to know to stretch your dog in a way to maximize its benefits and avoid potential problems. The book contains dozens of detailed diagrams and photos to illustrate the stretching techniques and includes cautions where stretching is not advised or in cases where a vet should be consulted. Whether your dog is an elite canine athlete or an aging couch potato, your dog can benefit from regular stretching routines and both of you can benefit from the closer bond between you that will result.
One of our favorite books is back in print: The Master of Sunnybank - A Biography of Albert Payson Terhune by Irving Litvag, originally published in 1977. Many of us grew up reading Terhune's dog story books which featured the Collies he bred and raised at Sunnybank. And, if you hunt around, you can still find many of Terhune's classics like Lad a Dog in used book stores. What you may not know, however, is that Terhune led a really interesting life and what is so ironic is - like so many of us - he never really planned to do what he ended up being famous for. Terhune was a newspaper writer and author of several non-dog books early in the 20th century. He wrote many books before Lad a Dog, none of which were particularly successful (he wrote a book called Super Women, biographical sketches of several famous women, for example) and he was becoming discouraged with his career as a writer. Luckily for all of us, an editor friend of his who was so impressed with Terhune's dogs encouraged him to write a story about Lad, and the rest is history. Whether you are a Collie person or not, this book is a fun read.
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