Book Review: Grow Young with Your Dog

We’re all familiar with the aches and pains that come with aging. Our dogs experience this, too. Mary Debono’s book Grow Young with Your Dog gives readers an approach to grow young and feel better, rather than old and achy with your dog, and the healing power of connection with your dog.

Book Review: Grow Young with Your Dog

Mary Debono, GCFP (Guild Certified Feldenkrais® Practitioner) is the creator of Debono Moves, a system of improvement designed to enhance body awareness, comfort and movement, while deepening the human-canine bond. (Pg. 6 Grow Young With Your Dog.)

This book introduces twelve basic Debono Moves to do with your dog as well as Human Exercises to improve your mobility, and several stories of dogs who have benefited from Mary Debono’s healing techniques.
Using these techniques you will learn how to:
  • Reduce stress and anxiety
  • Minimize risk of injury
  • Comfort the aging and infirm
  • Improve athletic performance
  • Enhance vitality and well=being
  • Facilitate healing after injury, surgery or illness
  • Cultivate a deep bond between human and canine
  • Lessen the effects of arthritis, hip dysplasia and aging. (pg. 2-3 Grow Young with Your Dog.)

Just one of the many highlights of Grow Young with Your Dog for me was the exercise focusing on getting to know your dog’s anatomy. Not only is it helpful to understand your dog’s body better, but by using these techniques your dog’s body awareness can be strengthened.

I’ve studied canine massage and have seen the physical and emotional benefits first hand. I am so happy to have had the opportunity to read Grow Young with Your Dog and to be introduced to Debono Moves. The difference in massage and Debono Moves is interesting. In massage, you use your hands to manipulate while in Debono Moves, a gentler touch is used and hands are used to communicate. (Pg. 5. Grow Young with Your Dog.) I can see how the gentleness of Debono Moves would be beneficial to scared, shy, or previously abused dogs who may be more fearful of touch, rather than traditional massage.

I’ve been doing Human Exercise #5: Stirring the Soup Variation (Pgs. 184-188) to improve my posture and ease neck pain. I’ve noticed less stiffness and plan to continue implementing more Debono Moves into my wellness routine as well as Delia’s and Chewy’s.

Buy Grow Young with Your Dog in paperback or for Kindle from Amazon or directly from Debono Moves in e-book form. When you purchase the book, you also get access to almost 55 minutes of video instruction and over 3.5 hours of audio instruction FREE.

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Disclaimer: I was not compensated for this post. I received a copy of Grow Young with Your Dog at no cost in exchange for my honest review.

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