Friday, June 5, 2015

Book Review: "Grow Young with Your Dog"

Hi everyone! Before I get into today's post, I just wanted to thank all of you for stopping by yesterday and wishing my husband a Happy Birthday! He didn't get any messages from his friends and all of your messages really made his day. Thank you so much! 

Happy Fit Dog Friday! Today I have a book review for you! Now I know it seems a bit odd that I would do a book review on a day dedicated to talking about exercise but this book is all about exercises you can do with your dog to help you both move better and feel younger! I was pretty excited when the opportunity came up to review this book. As you all know my dogs are very active and when we go to the off leash park they run really hard. I want to be able to keep them as young as possible for as long as possible and keep them doing the things they love to do. This book is an amazing read and I'm so happy to share it with everyone! I received the book in exchange for an honest review but I am not being monetarily compensated for sharing it.

Grow Young With Your Dog by Mary Debono
Mary Debono describes how she has helped dogs heal completely from injuries and surgeries, move well despite arthritis and hip dysplasia, recover from a paralyzing stroke and run and play again after being classified as “too old to recover.”

Using exercises in this book with your dog, you can learn how to:

• Reduce stress and anxiety
• Minimize the 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

The book also includes innovative exercises which can help you move freely, feel better and grow young with your dog!

When you get the book you also get 55 minutes of video and over 3½ hours of audio instruction at no additional cost.

About Mary Debono
Mary Debono is a Guild Certified Feldenkrais® Practitioner with a passion for improving the quality of life for animals and people. Having discovered the healing power that a heart felt connection with animals can produce, Mary created Debono Moves*as a way for people to use this connection to generate well-being and vitality in both themselves and their animal companions. Useful for all ages and physical conditions, Debono Moves can help animals move more freely, minimize the effects of aging and injury, improve athletic performance and enhance communication and harmony between human and animal.

Zoe, getting her Debono Moves Session

The book is absolutely wonderful. I really enjoyed Mary's stories about her clients and their dogs and I really appreciated that she included links to video instruction on her website. The audio that she provided was very soothing and helpful. The pictures of her technique are very thorough and she goes into great detail on how you can do this for your own dogs. I am also very happy with the instruction for the human exercises as well. Since I started doing the exercises my back has been feeling so much better.

Mary also advocates for positive reinforcement training, which makes me very happy.

After reading the book, watching the video instruction and listening to the audio I was able to use Mary's technique on both of my dogs. I can tell you that it has worked wonders for Phoenix specifically, although Zoe enjoys the exercises, too. Phoenix is the more active of the two and she usually has sore shoulders (with heat in them). After three Debono Moves sessions her shoulders are no longer hot and I can tell she feels better. Both dogs also seem a lot less stiff after long hiking trips!

I would definitely recommend checking the book and Mary's website out!

ZoePhee was provided with a copy of "Grow Young with Your Dog" in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own and the author is not responsible for the content of this blog post.


  1. Walking my dogs is my special time not only with them, but for me as it is the bulk of my exercise!

  2. Sounds like a pretty interesting read - we'll have to look for it.

  3. We totally agree, dog/human combinations keep both species young. Especially if you establish a routine, everyone is used to exercising and no one can back out. Sounds like a real good book.

  4. This is perfect for Haley right now. She's starting to slow down a little and I have to be more careful to make sure sure doesn't overdo it when playing or hiking. I'm definitely going to check this out! Thanks for sharing it today.

  5. Like many adults the only time I play is when I play with my dogs. Play keeps us young in mind and body.

  6. That sounds awesome. Love the title, too!

  7. This sounds like a great read!

  8. Sounds great! Will look into it!
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