RYD Philosophy

At Relax your Dog, our goal is to assist in creating and nurturing trust-based relationships with dogs and their people.  We believe our lives are richest and healthiest when we learn, rest, and play together in a sacred bond of trust and our dogs are ideal partners for this adventure we can share!  Massage and Training are wonderful ways we can decrease frustration, pain, and stress and increase quality of life.

Our commitment is to listen to, learn from, and honor your dog.  lisa regularly take seminars and participates in on-going training and continuing education in massage, therapeutic touch, canine behavior, and dog training in order to more fully understand what it’s like to be canine in relationship to humans and how we may live and learn together for a richer, more satisfying life!

Our mission is to delightfully share the work and pleasure of creative peacemaking with dogs and their people through gentle and enthusiastic trust-based relationship building practices. lisa is convinced she has the best job on earth~ she gets to play with and make-out with dogs!

“In order to really enjoy a dog, one doesn’t merely try to train him to be semi human.  The point of it is to open oneself to the possibility of becoming partly a dog.”      ~Edward Hoagland

“A dog can never tell you what she knows from the smells of the world, but you know, watching her, that you know almost nothing.” — Mary Oliver quoted in “Creating the Imaginative Life” by Michael Jones

“Having a good dog is the closest some of us will ever come to knowing the direct love of a mother, or God.”
— Anne Lamott in “Plan B: Further Thoughts on Faith”

For information on practitioners who inform and inspire us, check out the “Links We Love” page.