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Workshop shows dog owners the benefits of acupressure

May 22, 2019 Digital Media Exclusive

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Doug Knueven shows Harmony resident Sue Gliebe one acupressure point on her dog, Willow, a 3-year-old Labrador retriever.

Tucker rolled over onto his golden-haired side and closed his brown eyes.

“Since he's getting older, it'll be good for him,” said Tucker's owner Debbie Neigh, a member of the Butler Dog Training Association, who carefully placed a finger on his knee.

Neigh said she hoped the acupressure skills she learned would alleviate the arthritis in Tucker, a 13-year-old golden retriever and springer spaniel mix who has been a therapy dog since he was a year old.

Sixteen dogs and their handlers practiced pet acupressure Sunday at the Butler Dog Training Association with Dr. Doug Knueven, the owner and medical director of Beaver Animal Clinic.

The association stages workshops and sessions three to four times a year to offer its members and the community access to educational opportunities, said Nancy Kieffer, director of training.

This is an excerpt — pick up Wednesday's Butler Eagle to read the full article.

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