Studies have shown that long-term stress can threaten your dog's health, cause fertility and reproduction problems, and influence growth and metabolism. While most owners do recognize when their dog is stressed, they do not always know how to reduce this stress and prevent unwanted behavior.

Some of the most successful complementary techniques and holistic approaches to relieve stress in humans and improve their overall condition have been adapted to treat domestic animals. More and more owners look for ways to help their furry pets to live longer, happier and healthier lives. Many veterinarians are responding by offering such techniques as Animal Massage Therapy, reflexotherapy, reiki, chiropractic methods and canine acupressure. The books we have selected below offer an introduction to some of these techniques, for Pug owners who want to treat and keep their dog in shape in a natural, non-invasive way.

While no veterinary studies have currently been conducted proving that these methods effectively help reduce stress, anecdotal evidence from owners, trainers and animal therapists attests to beneficial results for animals. Owners have noted: improvements in performance, reduced tendency for illness and injury, and overall calmer behavior. And, maybe more importantly, the incredible bond one builds with his/her animal through massage. Please bear in mind that these methods are never a substitute for veterinary medical diagnosis and/or treatment and should only be administered when no contraindications exist.

We have completed this list of doggie comforts ideas with guides to design ideas for dog-friendly homes and gardens and more comforts ideas to share with your dog. Also see our separate page of CDs with relaxing music for dogs.
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The Home Spa Book for Dogs :
Nose to Tail Treatments to Soothe the Soul and Age-Proof Your Canine Companion
by Jennifer Cermak
Paperback: 144 pages
Publisher: Quarry Books (October 1, 2005)

Dogs too, can become stressed and fatigued or experience poor health conditions due to lack of attention and care for their needs. This guide provides you with all the tips and tricks (on grooming, massage, and even canine yoga)  for better canine health and grooming. Create you own canine-care retreat at home to cater to the special physical, health, and emotional needs of your dog. More information:
The Healing Touch for Dogs:
The Proven Massage Program for Dogs, Revised Edition
by Michael W. Fox
Easy-to-understand, common sense, approach to dog massage and canine health. Utilizing his pioneering 6-step massage technique and holistic philosophy of animal well-being, the author teaches you basic dog psychology, how massage can help your dog, how to create the best massage routine, how to diagnose illnesses, and even how to keep your dog in shape. Includes detailed illustrations, photos, and easy-to-read instructions and resources. More information:
The Well-Connected Dog:
A Guide to Canine Acupressure

by Amy Snow
Paperback: 165 pages
Publisher: Tallgrass Publishers, LLC; 3rd ed edition (October 1, 1999)

A well-researched book which presents the traditional theory in an easily digestible way. Includes a lists of specific conditions or problems, and how to treat them. The basic principles are explained in a way that is easy to understand and apply, even for beginners.
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The Home Spa Book for Dogs
The Healing Touch for Dogs
The Well-Connected Dog
Animal Reiki :
Using Energy to Heal the Animals in Your Life
Paperback: 240 pgs. Publisher: Ulysses Press (2006)

A very inspiring and practical introduction to Reiki with step-by-step instructions for treating animals in a gentle, noninvasive way. Ideal for animal lovers who are interested in exploring complementary therapies while helping them deepen their understanding of and ability to communicate with animals. The authors relate stories drawn from their years of healing animals to show the power of this alternative method.
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Four Paws Five Directions:
A Guide to Chinese Medicine for Cats and Dogs
by Cheryl Schwartz
Paperback: 412 pgs. Publisher: Celestial Arts (1996)

This introduction to traditional Chinese Medicine for cats and dogs explains the basics of the Five Element Theory, the Meridians, the Eight Principles, and the Vital Essences in a way that is easy to understand. Includes descriptions of acupuncture, food therapy and Chinese herbal medicine treatments and how these therapies can be applied to correct a variety of health imbalances. The books also explains how a diagnosis is made using the Traditional Chinese physical exam. More information: