Studying dogs and horses has always been an interest and in 2008 I discovered Tellington TTouch and embarked on a course to learn and become a Practitioner. It has improved my understanding of animals and influenced the way I work with dogs. Being able to recognise issues I can help promote a dog's confidence, helping them cope with anxiety, identify health issues and use my knowledge as an aid to training.
Over the last few years I have used my knowledge to help many dogs overcome anxiety and I have used many dogs in my care as case studies for my assessments. Since qualifying, I have worked with dogs in Battersea Dogs and Cats Home and we have adopted our own rescue lurcher who, after 7 months in kennels, has been rehabilitated into his forever home.
What is TTouch?
Tellington TTouch is a kind, positive way of working with our animals. It was developed over 30 years ago by Linda Tellington-Jones and is now used in countries all over the world by many people who work with animals.
TTouch recognises an inextricable line between posture and behaviour. By using TTouches on the body, groundwork exercises, body wraps, where appropriate, we can release tension and create calm and a sense of wellbeing. This increases an animal’s self-confidence and self-control which helps them move beyond reacting instinctively to situations.
Observations are a key part of the TTouch work. Observing how the dog stands, moves, their posture and their balance, how a dog responds to stimuli, the texture and appearance of the coat and whether it is dry or greasy, tension in the head, ears and tail etc. are all areas that I will look at. As a Practitioner I pay close attention to how the animal responds to contact on its body, its ability to move through the groundwork and the session will be altered accordingly. I will always work within your dog’s comfort zone, and focus on what they can achieve, not what they can't.
The Tellington TTouch has a great effect on the animal's ability to focus and influence their responses. Some behaviours that have been part of the animal's life for a long time can be altered through using TTouch.
Why Use TTouch?
The Tellington TTouch has a great effect on the animal's ability to and some behaviours that have been part of the animal's life for a long time can be altered through using TTouch including:
Dislike of contact
Lack of Balance
TTouch is not a replacement for appropriate veterinary attention and should never be used as such. If you suspect that the animal in your care has a physical problem please consult your vet. TTouch is very much complementary to veterinary care for the health and benefit of your animals.
Clicker training is an animal training method based on behavioural psychology. Desirable behaviour is marked by using a clicker (a unique sound) which tells the animal exactly when they are doing the right thing. It is a clear form of communication, combined with positive reinforcement, to teach any animal any behaviour that it is physically and mentally capable of doing. With dogs our rewards can be food or a favourite toy. This makes the animal more likely to offer the behaviour again and once they understand what we want we can put a word to it (a cue) and ask them for that behaviour next time and in the future, building a great two-way process between yourself & your dog.
A behaviour is a specific action such as polite lead walking, coming when called, settling & so on.
Video of how to train a great family dog…