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The Healthy Way To Stretch Your Dog (Book)
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The Healthy Way To Stretch Your Dog (Book)

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The Healthy Way to Stretch Your Dog (Book by Foster and Foster)

Stretch your dog to a longer, healthier life!

Research on human athletes is changing what we currently understand about stretching. It is now recognized that aggressive stretching should only take place after muscles are warmed up and shortened from exertion. But a gentle, consistent, stretching program can be done anytime and can truly impact a dog’s life.

Sasha Foster, MSPT and Ashley Foster, CPDT have created a Physical Therapy Approach to stretching dogs -many of whom compete in vigorous canine sporting events—so that you can learn how to safely and effectively stretch your dog to prevent injuries, maintain joint integrity, and improve you dog's fitness whether he is an elite canine athlete or a lap dog.

Over 300 photos and diagrams demonstrate the best way to safely and effectively stretch each major muscle group. Special emphasis is given to correct hand placement for joint stabilization and how to maintain good form. Stretching routines are presented for both large and small dogs, older dogs, and those that are involved in a variety of dog sports. (201 pages)


  • How to read your dog’s body language and behavior while stretching him.
  • Stretching your dog in such a way as to not hurt yourself while doing it.
  • 20 minute daily maintenance stretching routines.
  • Do's and don’ts when stretching, and when you need to consult with a vet.
  • Special considerations when stretching older dogs and small/toy dog breeds.


"There are a lot of stretching books, videos, and DVDs out there. This is the first one I've seen that definitely explains why stretching needs to be done in a relaxed, prone position with correct stabilization in order for the stretch to be effective. The descriptions of the various stretches are clearly written and anatomically correct. The photographs accurately depict what is to be done. The photographs of the incredibly handsome dogs luxurating while being stretched are alone worth the price of the book and should be an inspiration to anyone who wants to do canine body work. All praise to the authors for a great book!" —Sue Ann Lesser, DVM, ACAC, CVSMT

"The Healthy Way to Stretch Your Dog is a comprehensive, easy-to-follow guide to improving your dog's physical health through proper stretching techniques. The book provides a wealth of information and photos to get you working with your dog right away, whether it's for strenthening your dog's performance in a variety of dog sports, or helping to properly maintain your senior dog's physical health." —Mychelle Blake, editor of The APDT Chronicle of the Dog

"The Healthy Way to Stretch Your Dog contains a tremendous amount of information. Knowing the science behind successful stretching will be a valuable resource for all dog owners. Understanding dog behavior as it relates to therapeutic interventions and directing the reader to engage in proper body posture will allow users of this book to continue to stretch many dogs for years to come!" —Laurie M. Edge-Hughes, BScPT, MAnimSt (Animal Physiotherapy), CAFCI, CCRT

About the Authors:

Sasha Foster is a physical therapist, yoga instructor, and writer whose passion is geriatric advocacy (in any species). She and her dog, Quin, have provided Animal-Assisted Therapy to geriatric rehabilitation populations throughout Colorado.

Ashley Foster is a Certified Pet Dog Trainer with 13 years of experience whose passion is reward-based training and canine advocacy. She handles multiple breeds in conformation for AKC events throughout the United States while being an owner/handler of her own Doberman Pinschers in conformation, obedience, and rally.








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