Grow Young with Your Dog Book


WINNER:  Best Health Book – 2015 San Diego Book Awards

Silver medalist: 2015 Living Now National Book Awards

#1 Amazon Best Seller

Best Health Book

Mary’s book, “Grow Young with Your Dog” is available in paperback and Kindle.   You can purchase it from Amazon here.    

You can also buy it directly from Debono Moves as a downloadable ebook in pdf form. At only $8.97, it’s the lowest price point!  Click here to watch Mary’s book trailer video. 

Only $8.97!

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Scroll down to meet several of the dogs from Mary’s book.  

To learn how these dogs overcame debilitating conditions AND how you can help yourself and your dog feel more youthful, get Mary’s book today.    

Would you like to learn how to help yourself and your dog feel better – at any age?    If so, this book is for you!

In addition to the book, you also get access to almost one hour of video and over 3.5 hours of audio instruction – at no cost!

Whether you’re a baby boomer with an aging dog or a millennial with a young pup, Grow Young with Your Dog can help you and your dog get the most out of life. The book’s illustrated exercises are uniquely designed to enhance not only your dog’s health and well-being, but yours as well.  With this book in hand, you no longer have to choose between spending quality time with your dog and taking care of yourself.

Each chapter has engagingly written stories about Mary’s work helping specific dogs overcome the effects of stroke, arthritis, hip dysplasia, torn ligaments, aging, anxiety and stiffness.  These dogs – many of whom were considered hopeless cases – demonstrate that improvement is possible at virtually any age or condition.

When Mary Debono was in her late 20’s, she suffered from a variety of aches and pains. She had bi-lateral carpal tunnel syndrome that resulted in nerve damage, a very painful hip, and stiffness in her back and neck.    Although more than two decades have passed since that day, Mary feels younger now than she did back then.

Some of the exercises can be done at your desk!

Feel and look younger by improving your posture and flexibility. Some of the exercises can even be done while you are sitting.

How did she do it? Studying a variety of approaches, Mary spent years exploring how to feel and move more youthfully. As a Guild Certified Feldenkrais Practitioner for the past 20 years, Mary learned that when we stay stuck in our habitual ways of thinking and moving we get physically get stuck too.  We develop sore muscles and stiff joints. We hesitate to explore new activities. We become limited in our thoughts and limited in our movements.  In short, we feel old.

To grow younger, Mary released the habits that kept her stuck in unhealthy patterns, and she learned to think and act in different ways.  She discovered that attention to our sensations and movements can help us function more effortlessly, even when faced with aging, arthritis or anxiety.

In Grow Young with Your Dog, Mary pulls back the curtain and explains how this unique approach has helped hundreds of dogs and their people enjoy a greater quality of life.  In addition to describing twelve basic hands-on exercises to do with your dog, Mary guides you through ten human exercises. These gentle exercises can reduce stiffness, stress, aches and poor posture, while enhancing your flexibility, balance and coordination.

Learn hands-on ways to help your dog.

Learn hands-on ways to help your dog.

Grow Young with Your Dog can teach you how to:

  • Reduce stress and anxiety
  • Reduce the effects of aging
  • Improve athletic performance
  • Enhance vitality and well-being
  • Facilitate healing after injury, surgery or illness

As well as…

  • Cultivate a deep bond between human and canine
  • Lessen the effects of arthritis, hip dysplasia and aging

Exploring the exercises in this book, you may discover that your body moves more freely, your mind is calmer and clearer, and your spirit more joyful. Uniquely enriching the human-canine connection, Grow Young with Your Dog won the 2015 San Diego Book Award for Best Health Book.

Table of Contents for Grow Young with Your Dog

Click here to watch Mary’s book trailer video. 


Winner – Best Health and Medicine Book – 2015 San Diego Book Awards

Silver Medal – Pets Category – 2015 Living Now Book National Awards

Here’s what people are saying about Grow Young with Your Dog:   

“Mary combines an amazing knowledge of anatomy, movement, structure, behavior combined with love, empathy and observation. Best of all she is articulate and a good communicator. It will forever change how you interact with your dog and all animals, including humans!”   – Tina Steward, D.V.M., Veterinarian, Eugene, OR

A unique and fascinating book. Highly readable and full of illustrated, useful day-to-day information on how to keep both you and your best friend in optimum health. Mary Debono’s method is revolutionary, combining exercises and hands-on therapy that encourages healing and recovery from surgery or illness as well as behavioral issues. Her mission is deepen the bond between people and their pets. A must for anyone seeking ways to stay young with your dog.” – Sandy Johnson, author of Miracle Dogs; Adventures on Wheels

“…The book is absolutely wonderful. I really enjoyed Mary’s stories about her clients and their Zoe Phoenix blog reviewdogs 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…” –  Lauren Miller, author of ZoePhee: The Adventures of Zoe & Phoenix (read full review)

“This book is truly incredible.  Debono includes real life experiences of how she has helped dogs with her amazing methods, and relates them back to how you can help yourself and your dog feel better!  If you purchase the book, you will get free online access to audio and video of several very helpful exercises.  My favorites were the video on Hip and Shoulder Circles (for Wynston’s agility body!) and the audio on easier sitting…because I sit a lot.  The videos make it easier to grasp the concept of the exercises and the audio is nice because you can perform the exercises while listening.”   – Amanda Yantos, blogger Dog Mom Days.

“Mary carefully leads the reader through gentle exercises to improve their dog’s functioning and to enrich the connection between the humans and their canine companions. Each chapter has engagingly written stories about Mary’s impressive work with specific challenged animals. This is a fun and accessible hands-on book.”              – Elizabeth Beringer, Director, The Feldenkrais Institute, San Diego, CA

I have a 15-year old terrier mix who was has very arthritic hips after a fall down a flight of stairs. His tail had been locked down close to his body and he walked with great difficulty. He often fell over because he was so unbalanced. 

 “I have performed the exercises daily on my dog (and on me, as well) and am happy to report that Duffy gets better with each passing day. This morning he even ran down the hall with his tail in the air!

“I love that this book approaches healing by combining the mind, breath, muscles and nerves. The rhythmic movements trigger a response in the nervous system that opens a pathway to healing, helping the muscles re-learn how to move correctly again after months of compensating for pain.

“There is nothing so fulfilling as hearing your pet breathe a heavy sigh when his muscles relax and release under the gentle touch of your hands. This book and Mary’s methods are truly a gift of love.” – Cheryl Sanborn, Los Angeles, CA 

“Excellent information that heals the dog and enriches the person in many ways.” Brigitte Noel, Author, San Diego, CA

“I love Mary Debono’s approach for dogs and people.  Her book is very informative and easy to understand.”                               Sanae Suzuki, Wellness Educator, Santa Monica, CA

“It’s a very, very well written book, with lots of information for everyone, two- and four-footed.”                                                         Gary David, Ph.D., La Jolla, CA

“The exercises are straightforward, well explained and mindful.  Your dog will appreciate you using your hands in the gentle ways that Mary describes. Do the exercises for yourself and gain an understanding of why animals and humans love Mary’s work.” Elizabeth Sleight, Animal Practitioner, Ontario, CA

“Perhaps you’re like me – a 26 year old woman who feels like I’m 90.  Maybe you suffer from chronic pain, arthritis or muscle injury.  Your dog may have hip dysplasia, suffer from severe anxiety or is recovering from a surgery.   No matter what your situation is with your dog, you can learn something from Grow Young with Your Dog.  It’s also a fantastic way to bond with your dog and get to know them better.”  – Amanda Yantos, blogger at Dog Mom Days   (read full review)

“A must read for anyone who loves not just dogs, but all animals!”Debra Saum, Artist, Encinitas, CA

Rolo with GYWYD book

Click on Rolo’s photo to read his “mom’s” review!

  • “Practical and mind expanding”
  • “A must-have for dog lovers!”
  • “A must-have for dog lovers and pain sufferers of all species!”
  • “At last, long-awaited info, thanks”
  • “Sensitive, intelligent work that will surely help your dog”
  • “We and our dogs are so fortunate to have the knowledge and expertise of Mary Debono”
  • “I can’t recommend her work enough”
  • “What a gift to us all”Pete with book
  • “Amazing work!  Thank you!”  
  • “The exercises are straightforward, well explained and mindful.”
  • I received the book today and it is awesome!  Thank you!”  
  • “This is a wonderful book for every dog owner, not just for their dog but for themselves too.”
  • “It’s a very, very well written book, with lots of information for everyone, two- and four-footed.”
  • “Mary’s gifts as a caring and talented Feldenkrais Practitioner shine through in this wonderfully informative book that helps not only dogs, but their humans too. A must read for anyone who loves not just dogs, but all animals!”
  • “Mary Debono is a successful Feldenkrais practitioner who works with both humans and animals. She creatively applies the principles of the Feldenkrais Method to her work with dogs creating simple and powerful process that can improve your dog’s health and behavior.”

To read the full reviews, click here.

Table of Contents for Grow Young with Your Dog

In this book I describe how I have 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”. Some of the dogs from the book are pictured below.

Wouldn’t you like to grow young with your dog? Get your book today!     It’ll make a great holiday gift!

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Mary Debono
Mary Debono, is a Certified Feldenkrais® Practitioner who teaches people how to increase mobility and confidence while minimizing the effects of aging and injury. She is the author of the award-winning, Amazon #1 bestseller, "Grow Young with Your Dog," and the creator of Debono Moves. Mary travels internationally to teach workshops with an equine, canine/feline or human focus. She also offers online consultations. Mary lives in sunny Southern California with her husband, horse, dog and cat. Visit her at www.DebonoMoves.com
Mary Debono
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