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Episode 54 - Massage for dogs and The guide to Owning a Dog


Released Sat November 24, 2007
Length: 0:49:41
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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 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 guide to Owning a Dog.

This is written by Krista Mifflin who is the Guide to Dogs on the 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,

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

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

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.

We have an article that finds the humour in living with dogs.

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.


277 - Tripawd Superdogs, GB Senior Agility World Championship Team, Tuk's Law and the escapee kitten saved by a dog

In a bumper, bonanza, bulging at the seams episode, hear the inspiring story of the Tripawd Superdogs inspired by photographer Sarah Loveland's own three legged dog. History in the making, as the first British team enters the Senior Agility World Championships. Tuk’s Law campaigns to stop dogs and other pets being put down without the owner's knowledge. Daisy the escapee kitten was saved by a search and rescue dog, and her story is worthy of a Disney movie!

189 - The Dog Healers and War Dogs Remembered

In this episode you can hear Mark Winik talk about his debut novel, The Dog Healers, and listen to Julia Robertson explain why she founded the charity War Dogs remembered. Plus there's the DogCast Radio News, and what Mischief the German Spitz puppy has been up to.

188 - Service Dogs UK and Roxie the Doxie Finds Her Forever Home

In this episode you can hear about Service Dogs UK, a fantastic charity which trains assistance dogs to support veterans of any service - military personnel, police, firefighters, paramedics and the coastguard - who develop Post Traumatic Stress Disorder due to their job. Also, listen to Dr Jody A Dean, a clinical psychologist talk about how her book, Roxie the Doxie finds her Forever Home, is helping children understand and talk about adoption and other family issues. Plus the DogCast Radio News and some thoughts on the alpha dog myth.

187 - Muffins Halo and Chorley Fun Dog Show

In this episode you can hear about Muffin's Halo for Blind Dogs, and what motivates people to enter their dog in a fun dog show. In the DogCast Radio News, listen to stories about the latest dog related research. Plus there's a new member of the DogCast Radio team!

186 - Maxwell Muir on wolves

In this episode you can hear trainer, behaviourist, writer, broadcaster and wolf expert Maxwell Muir talk about what wolves mean to him personally, their plight in a modern world, and his hopes for their future. Plus we have the DogCast Radio News.